The first step is to correct the causes of nitration in the first place; however, diligent monitoring is also key. This includes:
- regular visual inspection for deposits in the rocker arm and valve assembly
- close monitoring of higher oil consumption and filter plugging
Operators should also consider monitoring engine oil nitration through known techniques such as Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Oil analysis laboratories will determine the extent of nitration by comparing the used engine oil sample to the reference spectrum of the same oil in its fresh state.
Selecting the right product for the application is, of course, also critical.
Petro-Canada Lubricants’ SENTRON™ engine oils naturally offer excellent nitration resistance due to the use of high-quality, 99.9% pure base oils.
In addition, premium gas engine oil products such as SENTRON LD 8000 and SENTRON 590, formulated with selected additives, provide enhanced nitration control for less downtime and better engine efficiency.