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Volvo CE launch new hydraulic oil

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New HO103 hydraulic oil increases crawler excavator service intervals by 50% to 3,000h

VOLVO Construction Equipment have launched the latest addition to their hydraulic oil line-up: Volvo Hydraulic Oil 98611 HO103. The new oil is approved and compatible with all Volvo machines across all markets, and in crawler excavators extends the drain interval from 2,000h to 3,000h.

HO103 is a mineral-based hydraulic oil that is fully compatible with all mineral hydraulic oils currently recommended by Volvo CE and system flushing is not required (HO103 is not compatible with Volvo Hydraulic Oil 98610 Biodegradable).


With more than 10,000h of testing in Volvo machines, HO103 is proven to optimize fuel efficiency and machine performance, says Donald McCarthy, oil and lubricant engineer at Volvo CE.

He explained: ‘Volvo designed and built the machine, so we understand better than anyone what is required to keep it in top condition and operating at its best. HO103 provides the ultimate in uptime and component protection and guarantees your machine will be performing to its full potential.

‘Delivering consistent performance, HO103 is engineered to resist degradation and will retain like-new properties over the full-service interval. It reduces friction and wear, keeps components clean by preventing the build-up of sludge, prolongs component life, and contributes to lower fuel consumption.’

For crawler excavators, HO103 provides a 50% longer oil service interval, saving customers both time and money, as well as providing several positive environmental benefits.

Once introduced, both old and new crawler excavators can benefit from a 3,000h interval with HO103. As a practical example, if a customer operating an EC300E were to use HO103, over the course of 6,000h they will remove an entire hydraulic service interval and reduce oil consumption by 207 litres.

Volvo Hydraulic Oil 98611 HO103 is available in a wide variety of viscosities. Viscosity grades differ per market but include ISO VG32, ISO VG46 and ISO VG68. Customers should speak to their local Volvo dealer for more information.

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