THE ROAD AHEAD BLOG

Four Quick Tips for Checking Engine Oil in a Near-Zero Truck

By Greg Roche

Engine oil is like blood circulating through your engine. Take care of the oil and the oil will take care of your engine. There are four key points that you need to follow to preserve your engine and maximize the life of your investment.

  1. Check oil when the engine is cold. If the engine is not cold, wait thirty minutes to an hour after turning off the engine before checking the oil. There can be two gallons of oil still circulating in the head of the engine when the engine is turned off. This oil needs to drain to the pan for an accurate reading of oil level. Don’t make the mistake of checking oil too soon and overfilling the engine with expensive oil. This is bad for your pocketbook and bad for the engine.
  2. Check oil with the truck parked on a level surface in a safe area. Sloped surfaces will cause inaccurate oil level checks.
  3. This is very important. Only add oil when the level is down to the add line. Don’t top off just because the level is below the full line. Relax and wait until the oil level is at the add line.
  4. MOST IMPORTANTLY: ONLY use engine oil that is approved by Cummins for natural gas engines. Do not use standard diesel engine oil. The list of Cummins-approved engine oils is copied below.

The following animated PowerPoint slide illustrates when to add oil based on the oil level on the dip stick. Run the slide in Presentation Mode. Each click on the slide will reveal an oil check scenario.

The following form is a great tool for tracking daily oil readings and reinforcing when to add oil. Your daily truck inspection needs to include checking oil and documenting the level to track consumption.

Recommended

Company Name Product Name Vis Grade
Valvoline Premium Blue One Solution Gen2 10W-30
Valvoline Premium Blue One Solution Gen2 15W-40
Valvoline Premium Blue 9200 – One Solution 10W-30 10W-30
Valvoline Premium Blue 9200 – One Solution 15W-40 15W-40

Approved alternatives

Company Name Product Name Vis Grade
Advanced Lubrication Specialties, Inc. Advantage Ultra Premium Plus 92 SAE 15W-40 15W-40
Advanced Lubrication Specialties, Inc. Gibraltar Ultra 92 NGEO 15W-40
Advanced Lubrication Specialties, Inc. Sunoco Super C-3 Gold 15W-40
Association of Independent Oil Distributors Purus TFO Synthetic Blend CK-4/SN 15W-40
Association of Independent Oil Distributors Purus TFO Synthetic Blend CK-4/SN 10W-30
Castrol Ltd. Castrol Duratec ES 15W-40 15W-40
Castrol Ltd. Castrol Vecton Long Drain NG 10W-30 10W-30
Castrol Ltd. Castrol Vecton Long Drain NG 15W-40 15W-40
Chevron Products Company Delo 400 SNG 15W-40
Chevron Products Company Delo 400 SNG-MF 15W-40
CITGO Petroleum Corporation Citgard® CNG/LNG Engine Oil 10W-30 10W-30
CITGO Petroleum Corporation Citgard® CNG/LNG Engine Oil 15W-40 15W-40
D-A Lubricant Company, Inc. Reliant X-92 SAE 15W-40 15W-40
ExxonMobil Mobil Delvac Modern 10W-30 CNG/LNG 10W-30
ExxonMobil Mobil Delvac Modern 15W-40 CNG/LNG 15W-40
Gulf Oil International Ltd. Gulfco Fleet Premium 15W-40 15W-40
Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc Duron GEO LD 10W-30 10W-30
Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc Duron GEO LD 15W-40 15W-40
Phillips 66 Company Kendall Super-D NG 15W-40 15W-40
Phillips 66 Company Phillips 66 Guardol NG 15W-40
Reliance Fluid Technologies LLC Maxximum Performance Heavy Duty CLK 10W-30 10W-30
Reliance Fluid Technologies LLC Maxximum Performance Heavy Duty CLK 15W-40 15W-40
Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., dba Kleen Performance EcoPower 15W-40 NGP 15W-40
Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., dba Kleen Performance Performance Plus 15W-40 NGP 15W-40
Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., dba Kleen Performance ProProtect 15W-40 NGP 15W-40
Shell Shell Rimula R5 NG 15W-40 15W-40
Shell Shell Rotella T4 NG Plus 15W-40 15W-40
SINOPEC LUBRICANT CO. LTD. Sinopec Tulux G600 CNG/LNG/LPG 15W-40 15W-40
TongYi Petroleum Chemical Co. TongYi Long Range Gas Engine Oil LPG/CNG 10W-30
TongYi Petroleum Chemical Co. TongYi Long Range Gas Engine Oil LPG/CNG 15W-40
TongYi Petroleum Chemical Co. TongYi Long Range Gas Engine Oil LPG/CNG/LNG 15W-40 15W-40
TOTAL LUBRIFIANTS Total Rubia Gas 9M 15W-40 15W-40
TOTAL LUBRIFIANTS Total Rubia Gas 9M FE 10W-30 10W-30