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Upfitting trucks with oil changes in mind

The process of vehicle upfitting can be filled with headaches. You’re faced with problems like how to make your drivers more comfortable, how to improve fuel efficiency, and even which software to use to predict future demand. We all want to make the best decisions for our fleet when deciding between the latest specialized parts and instruments. While a lot goes into this vehicle upfitting process, there is often one aspect that is overlooked: Maintenance Equipment, this is where Femco offers an excellent solution.

How to Reduce Maintenance Downtime

Most fleet managers like to arm their drivers with the latest instruments and equipment, but a great fleet manager will also consider the service technicians keeping the vehicles properly maintained and on the road. Oil changes, while one of the most frequent maintenance operations are nevertheless a slow and messy process. With the innovative drainage systems offered by Femco, the oil change process is made quick, clean, and tool free.

The Best Time to Upfit Your Fleet

During the Covid-19 pandemic, fleet managers must be exceptionally diligent, strategic, and precise in their decision making. Generally there are three factors every company must consider during vehicle uplift, namely: spare time, supply chain issues, and budgets.

If you see vehicle upfitting on the horizon, there is no better time to act than the present, before a rush of demand returns and vehicles must get back to work. With over 600 different thread sizes available, Femco USA is equipped to outfit any vehicle on the road. Nevertheless, moving forward with vehicle upfit during a pandemic could avoid unpredictable delays and ensure your vehicles are up to date and optimized when things get back up to speed.

Selecting The Right Plug For Your Fleet

Since 1983 Femco has been providing quality products and exceptional customer service to customers around the world. Femco USA has consistently been at the forefront of oil drain product development, now offering over six different oil drain systems. So where do you start? There is no best overall answer, every fleet’s needs are unique.

The first thing a fleet manager should consider is if they are going to be using an evacuation (EVAC) unit of some sort to drain oil rapidly from their vehicles. This could either be a mobile or stationary unit. This is currently the biggest trend in the vehicle maintenance industry and we have developed a compatible Click Drain oil drain plug for technicians to shave 20 minutes off of every oil change. The combination of the click drain system and an Evac unit is without a doubt the fastest way to drain oil from your vehicles; evac units have become core piece of maintenance equipment in all of the largest fleet maintenance operations.

However, speed might not be the most important thing for you, fleet managers may opt for a Femco plug that does not require any tools or equipment to drain oil. In that case, the original Femco plug is the best option. Due to its solid brass construction, service technicians are able to drain oil at engine temperatures, this allows for a higher flow rate. Thus this solution also reduces traditional oil change downtime.

There are several other oil drain plug options you may want to explore, head on over to to see the latest trends in drain technology.

The Big Picture in Terms of Costs

Hopefully you will now think about making the lives of service technicians easier when planning your next vehicle overhaul. Naturally, you’re now curious about how much this will cost.

Upfitting your vehicles can be an expensive process. Although the upfront investment may seem high, upfitting your fleet with the right equipment can prove to save you money in the long run. With the right choice of equipment, upfitting your vehicles will increase efficiency and productivity, leading to immense cost-savings. Luckily, oil changes are quantifiable and fleet managers are able to calculate the return on investment (ROI) Femco oil drain plugs are able to provide. The good folks at Femco USA are happy to make this calculation for you and with a clear breakdown cost-savings, you can confidently plan for your fleet’s future.

This article was sponsored by Femco Drain Solutions.

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2020-10-19 14:44:47

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