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What Is Fluid Analysis?

The technology of oil analysis has been used extensively in other industries for decades.

Oil analysis can tell you, with a high degree of accuracy, the current condition of an engine or transmission, if there are any developing problems, and how well those components were maintained. (See NVCP Fluid Analysis Facts for more details) Oil analysis involves sampling and analyzing oil for various properties and materials to determine wear and contamination in an engine or transmission on a parts per million basis. Oil that has been inside a moving mechanical apparatus for a period of time reflects the exact condition of that assembly. Oil is in constant contact with engine or mechanical components as wear metal trace particles enter the oil. These particles are so small they remain in suspension. Many products of the combustion process will also become trapped in circulating oil. The oil becomes a working history of the machine. Particles caused by normal wear and operation and any externally caused contamination will mix with the oil in that component. By identifying and measuring these impurities, you get an indication of the rate of wear and of any excessive contamination. Some wear is normal, but abnormal levels of a particular material can give an early warning of impending problems. The main purpose of oil analysis is to provide a means of predicting possible impending failure without dismantling the equipment…a person can “look inside” an engine or transmission without taking it apart.

Fluid analysis for a vehicle is equivalent to a blood test analysis for a human!

We know that the doctor can diagnose medical conditions by analyzing our blood. The doctor can tell if you have a viral or bacterial infection, detect numerous diseases including cancer, and treat your condition accordingly. As we all realize, early detection is very important—and that’s what Oil Analysis is all about.

Much like a blood test, by analyzing the used oil from your engine or transmission, the earliest signs of contaminants and internal component wear can be identified. NVCP employs state-of-the-art Fluid Analyzers. These machines incorporate both an optical emission spectrometer and infrared spectrometer, and measure wear metals and other contaminants, which may be present in your vehicle’s fluids.

By having your engine oil and transmission fluid analyzed, you will be alerted to the unwanted and costly presence of dirt, coolant, fuel, and any abnormal engine or transmission wear.

A Brief History

Shortly after the American Railroad system changed from coal to diesel fuel engines, it became painfully obvious that a failed engine on a track was incredibly expensive to repair and completely stopped further transportation on that rail until the engine was fixed. The railroads needed to know what was happening INSIDE of the engine and transmission of that train so they could eliminate failures on the rail. Chemists developed a testing technology that allowed them to regularly analyze the lubricants in those engines to provide preventative maintenance to the engines BEFORE they failed.

The WWII Era...

The United States Military quickly learned that they were suffering from the same problem. They found the same process could be adapted to tanks, airplanes and trucks- in fact any internally lubricated engine or transmission. This process is the very process that allows our armed services to be the most reliable mobile standing war machine in any environment today.

Fast Forward to the 1970's...

Major vehicle manufacturers learn about this technology and begin using it to determine why certain engines and transmissions fail. Engine and transmission life on vehicles begin to become longer, with less required maintenance. Vehicle manufactures begin building a shared database of the chemical compounds found in these vehicles under normal, worn, and imminent failure conditions.

By the 1980's warranty companies and manufacturers alike begin using this database to determine such things as expected engine and transmission life, customer neglect, contaminated fuels or lubricants, etc.

2007 — NVCP™ is born.

The NVCP™ Report combines this Scientific Fluid Analysis technology along with a Physical Inspection, a Photo Folio, Limited Warranty, and the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee™.

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