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60,000 km oil change intervals in long-haulage

The maintenance intervals for Scania trucks in long-haul operation can be extended from 45,000 to 60,000 km, as evidenced by experience from Scania’s field test and the first year of 4-series production. The longer intervals do not require the use of synthetic oil or automatic chassis lubrication.

In long-distance operation on good roads and at gross weights up to 40 tonnes, Scania now permits engine oil change intervals of up to 60,000 km and 120,000 km for gearboxes and rear axles. The engine oil should correspond to the ACEA specification valid from 1 January 1996. The extended intervals apply for Scania’s 12- and 14-litre engines which are the most common in long-haulage. The remainder of the maintenance programme is adapted accordingly.

”This means significant savings for our customers,” comments Anders Melin, head of Sales Engineering at Scania. ”Fewer maintenance stops means less downtime. Furthermore, we require neither the use of expensive synthetic oils nor automatic chassis lubrication for the new intervals to apply.

”For a typical long-haul truck, Scania’s new maintenance programme entails going to the Scania workshop for inspection three times per year. We regard this as an essential road safety measure in view of the high annual mileages involved in long-haulage – sometimes 200,000 km or more. One year’s driving corresponds to what many private motorists drive in eight to ten years.”

Scania’s 4-series has been used in long-haulage on the highways of Europe since early 1995. The first trucks formed part of a field test carried out by Scania in co-operation with a large number of customers in several countries. Series production started in August 1995 with trucks in the long-haul segment. Extensive technical evaluations have been carried out on both trucks in operation and of the production process.

Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. With 22,000 employees and production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is one of the most profitable companies in its sector. In 1995, turnover totalled approx. SEK 34,800 million and profits after depreciation approx. SEK 4,800 million. Scania products are marketed in about 100 countries worldwide and approximately 95% of total production is sold outside Sweden.