Blog ⋆ My Oil Doctor

August 3, 2021
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One of the many questions posed by our customers is:

I don’t understand Fluid Analysis and what does it do for me?

So, before you purchase your kits, we want to make sure you understand what the benefits are and make them easy for you to use and intrepid as the end user.

Let’s take Oil Sampling as our first example, if you are buying a car, boat, or light aircraft, it will have oil. The oil under scientific scrutiny and testing will show what is happening inside your engine right now.

How, does this work you ask?

Imagine sending you blood off to the hospital, they will test for.

  • Assess your general state of health
  • Check if you have an infection
  • See how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are working
  • Screen for certain genetic conditions

It’s the same with Oil, once your sample is received, it follows a strict testing path that covers everything from. See what we test for.

  • Wear metal analysis
  • Water (H2O)
  • Soot
  • Viscosity

How do I take my sample?

We provide either a syringe or pump option, all come with a how to guide and we have also had videos on how to with Digger Dave at Finning

Can I trust the results?

Our lab partner is one of the biggest in the worldwide market and look after and test some of the biggest mining equipment in operation around the globe.

How do I act on the results?

We always recommend that you share your information with your mechanic, weather that’s for your car, boat, or plane. We believe that information shared is another step-in safety.

The Costs

£30.00 – Single Test Package with Syringe
£120.00 – 3 x Sample kit with reusable pump


July 26, 2021

Oil analysis, what does it do for my vehicle?

Analysing the oil in your engine is like sending a sample of your blood to the lab, it reveals an astonishing amount of information about the inner workings without invasive surgery.

We all know a few engine killers,

  • Fuel Dilution is the amount of raw, unburned fuel that ends up in the crankcase. It lowers viscosity creating friction-related wear almost immediately. Dilution levels exceeding 8% could cause a crankcase explosion.
  • Coolant Leaks usually enters an engine through a broken head gasket seal, cracked cylinder head, cracked block, faulty water pump or lube cooler and can cause wear in bearings, bushings, pistons, liners, cams, and valves.
  • Dirt is detected by the presence of silicon and aluminium. It causes wear rapidly, in components made of iron, lead, copper, and tin, such as pistons, bearings and liners.
  • Soot is a sign of reduced combustion efficiency and is caused by over-fuelling, air restrictions, blow-by, excessive engine brake use and/or excessive exhaust backpressure. Knowing that a particular engine design creates and retains more of it doesn’t make higher levels acceptable. Alarm limits should remain the same — maintenance practices should change

Because regular tests, will show a trend and a trend when comparing results enables you to act before engine failure occurs. That leaking head gasket or fuel leak can be acted upon before they cause more expensive damage and cost you ££££

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June 29, 2020
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The terms of Pre and Post COVID could have been written for the transport sector. In today’s even more demanding economic climate, the return to anywhere near full capacity will deliver its own problems. We therefore feel it is important for all fleet managers, to ensure their equipment is operating at optimum condition for service at all times.

At ODJ we can assist you to achieve this objective by providing a condition monitoring service for your lubricating oils, greases and coolants. This involves sampling minimum volumes of liquid at routine service times – this will enable you to build a trending report over a period of time. Any changes such as excessive wear , fuel or water contamination can then be detected at an early stage, enabling swift preventative maintenance before any vehicles are off the road. We test the following;

Engine – Generator or Drive

Transmission – Automatic or Manual

Gearbox – Industrial Gearboxes

Compressor – Refrigeration and Air Compressors

Fuel – Diesel or Petrol

Filters – Fuel or Oil

Hydraulics – Pumps and Pneumatics

Coolant – Recirculation Systems and Antifreeze

Grease – Bearing Compartments

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Through our Lab partner Finning the test results can be accessed through our state of the art Oil Commander software where all data is held and trend analysis can be seen on all your fleet assets. We already support a range of hauliers, service providers and fleet hire companies in optimising the oil drain interval and addressing repairs before they result in costly failures. The resulting reliability improvements support not only cost reduction but improve customer experience and help to reduce environmental impact.


June 1, 2020
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Almost everyone recognises the need for regular oil and filter changes, but many people overlook cooling system maintenance and monitoring. However, around 50% of all engine downtime can be attributed to problems associated with the cooling system. The cooling system is critical to the efficient performance and long life of your equipment.

If undetected, problems in the cooling system can spread to the transmission and hydraulic systems, which are cooled by heat exchangers, and this can lead to a major failure of the engine. The most effective and economical way to monitor your cooling system is coolant sampling. Our fully managed testing and analysis service offers a simple, low-cost way to evaluate the chemistry of your coolant. We can check for any contaminants and monitor the condition of your cooling system. This ensures your engines runs when you need it to, and eliminates the need for any expensive, major repairs relating to the cooling system.

Through our partner Finning we can provide a range of automotive and on-highway test kits enabling you to make accurate, informed maintenance decisions. Detailed laboratory analytical results are translated into simple, meaningful advice which can be quickly put to use to address any immediate or emerging concerns with your assets. Whether you are maintaining your own vehicle or managing a complex transport fleet My Oil Doctor Fluid Analysis will provide the greatest insight into the health of your engines.

Finning supports a range of hauliers, service providers and fleet hire companies in optimising the oil drain interval and addressing repairs before they result in costly failures. The resulting reliability improvements support not only cost reduction but improve customer experience and help to reduce environmental impact.


May 29, 2020
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Due to the increasing cost of diesel and the varying conditions under which it is stored and dispensed, keeping the diesel fuel in your storage tanks free of contamination and in excellent condition is becoming even more important.

The day-to-day demands placed on the commercial transport industry should not be underestimated. 4.53 billion journeys are made by buses in England every year, while operator costs for local bus services outside London have increased from £2.19 billion in 2004/05 to £3.05 billion in 2015/16 [1] Its no wonder that modern engines are very sensitive to the quality of diesel fuel used and efficiency rapidly declines if poor or contaminated fuel is used. It’s a similar story for the UK’s road freight industry. Between the beginning of July 2015 and the end of June 2016, the amount of goods moved by GB-registered heavy goods vehicles reached 156 billion tonnes, an increase of 6% on the previous 12-month period. Furthermore, these goods travelled a total distance of 18.6 billion kilometres [2].

Hauling heavy freight can put significant pressure on engine components, while the need to meet strict deadlines for increasingly more complex supply chains means the impact of any potential maintenance issues can be considerable. Like all liquids, diesel exhaust fluid is susceptible to contamination when it is moved from one vessel to another. Our bespoke testing service provides you with assurance that any diesel exhaust fluid that is transferred is still within specification and free from dilution and contamination.

Two Finning clients reported the following

Working Example 1 – major UK on-highway operator using our services was able to act quickly and remove an asset – a Volvo B7 ALX400 – from service that had been identified as requiring attention. Our readings indicated a sudden coolant leak and, upon closer inspection, it was discovered that the asset’s compressor head gasket had been damaged, with the result being coolant leaking into the engine oil. Fluid analysis from Finning meant the operator could react quickly to an issue that could have resulted in significant costs further down the line if it had not been dealt with.

Working Example 2 – Courtesy of engine oil sampling from Finning, a leading operator of Dennis Trident buses was able to action repairs before failure, reducing replacements by 50%. By limiting common problems – such as coolant matrix leaks, fuel dilution and injector issues – this generated a cost-saving of more than £250,000.

A detailed diesel fuel analysis identifies impurities that could lead to injector blockages, impair operational efficiency and increase wear and tear on other vital components. State-of-the-art testing apparatus used by our partner laboratory trained team of diagnosticians can identify any organic contaminants such as fungi, yeast and bacteria, the presence of which can lead to costly repairs and increase the risk of unscheduled downtime.

[1] UK Government, Department for Transport, Annual bus statistics: England 2015/16, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/ system/uploads/attachment_data/file/579855/annual-bus-statistics-year-ending-march-2016.pdf.

[2] UK Government, Department for Transport, Road freight statistics: United Kingdom July 2015 – June 2016, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/582896/road-freight-stats-july-2015-to-june-2016.pdf


May 28, 2020
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Oil is the lifeblood of any machine, no matter the make or the model.

This O’Donnell James Solutions Ltd managed service is used across all major industrial sectors and covers the supply of the oil sample kits, together with return postage and includes full analysis, reporting and trending. Your sample is usually available next working day, with faster same day turnaround available on request. Conducted at our partners state-of-the-art laboratory, our oil sampling service tests for metal and water contamination, abrasive wear, viscosity, acidity and cleanliness. This not only allows us to accurately predict its remaining life, but also enables us to identify any changes in component condition and highlight wear trends.

  • Reduced maintenance costs – servicing equipment when it needs to be serviced, rather than sticking to a rigid service schedule, significantly reduces life cycle costs.
  • Minimise the risk of serious accidents – identifying potential faults early significantly reduces the risk of catastrophic failure and the possibility of operator injury.
  • Optimise equipment life – fluid analysis protects vital components from unnecessary wear and tear, prolonging equipment life.
  • Scheduled repair and maintenance – analysing fluids allows you to keep a close eye on the condition of vital components and schedule repairs and maintenance around your operations, reducing any unscheduled downtime and its associated costs.
  • Extend oil life – changing oil based on its condition, instead of periodically, ensures that you get maximum value from every litre used and minimises the cost of disposal.
  • Reduce waste and environmental impact – only changing fluids when they need replacing helps to reduce waste and the impact it may have on the environment.

Our cost effective oil sampling and analysis services can be the difference between a minor repair and a major failure, which can be extremely expensive.


March 11, 2020
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Welcome to our first blog, so we thought we would start at the beginning on why we feel our analysis service helps all vehicles of all shapes and sizes run effectively. Samples should be taken on a regular basis so we can build up some accurate history and trends of your machine. By taking regular samples of all oil, coolant and fuel compartments it is possible to monitor all the major systems and avoid costly repairs and increase machine reliability and efficiency. Our kits come with everything provided to then send to our Fluids Analysis Laboratory via pre-paid postage, saving you time and effort.


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