WaveOn Technologies introduces the first consumer model motor oil tester. With the Lubricheck, users can cut motor oil use in their gasoline or diesel powered truck, car, ATV, motorcycle or RV by over 50%. Fewer oil changes save money and time, cut dependence on foreign oil imports and reduce waste oil pollution. Like automotive testers used by NASCAR pit crews, the Lubricheck can detect oil contamination before it can cause serious engine damage.
The December 2006 issue of Consumer Reports stated, “Although oil companies and quick-lube shops like to promote this idea (that engine oil should be changed every 3,000 miles), it’s usually not necessary. …. Some models now come with oil life monitors that alert the driver when the oil needs changing. Depending on driving conditions, these can extend change intervals to 10,000 or 15,000 miles.” While most Americans change their oil too frequently, many others lose track of when they last changed their oil, and end up damaging their engines with worn out, thick, broken-down oil. This is especially true with motorcycles and off road vehicles like lawn tractors, mowers,ATV s, etc.
The Lubricheck offers an inexpensive, simple solution to both types of vehicle owners. The Lubricheck is a $30, hand held electronic tester that can tell you the condition of your motor oil in cars, trucks, motor cycles, ATVs, mowers, etc. A few drops from the end of the dip stick, placed on a peanut-sized sensor grid, will result in a 1-10 rating of your oil. Much like a glucose tester can aid a doctor in understanding a patient’s health, the Lubricheck can monitor the health of an engine. If your oil contains metal, water or antifreeze, a flashing red light will warn the user it is time to have the engine checked by an auto repair professional, before serious damage occurs. The Lubricheck has compared very well with oil test results from a professional testing lab, and professional, $1000 plus hand-held oil testers like those used by NASCAR pit crews.
Oil change habits are based on oil industry advice dating back over 50 years. Oil companies and rapid oil change services have been understandably slow to inform consumers that this advice is no longer valid. Advances in oil chemistry, additives and engine design make it possible to run many motor oils for up to 20,000 miles between oil changes. Now more than ever, as oil has become scarce and expensive, it makes ecological and financial sense to get the most we can from our engine oil. Testing oil with Lubricheck will give peace of mind and reassurance to the user that they are getting what they paid for from their oil. Users will feel good about a reduced carbon footprint, helping to reduce foreign oil imports, and saving time spent on unnecessary oil changes while keeping more cash in their wallets.
In addition to offering the Lubricheck oil tester, WaveOn also introduces the LubriTrack system. This service, available on iPhone and iPad apps, smart phone apps, or online, will provide a central location for tracking the oil condition and maintenance of multiple vehicles. The user simply enters their oil change date and mileage, followed by the date, mileage and results of subsequent oil tests. The mileage and oil quality data will be displayed in graphical form. If the oil quality takes an unexpected turn for the worse, LubriTrack will alert you that your engine may need to be checked by a mechanic. If desired, LubriTrack will send email or text reminders to check the oil, other fluids, rotate tires, change filters, etc. In addition, users will be able to compare their oil test results with data from other ‘Lubricheckers’ to see what oils are lasting the longest, and how other vehicles like theirs are performing.
WaveOn Technologies Inc, a privately held Minnesota corporation, has taken the novel approach of ‘cloud funding’ the Lubricheck production start-up using kickstarter.com. Donors on this popular website are invited to pledge their support at levels they choose, ranging from a “thank you” for a $1.00 contribution, to 5 Lubrichecks plus other gifts for $250. Lubricheck technology is patent pending.