Why use genuine parts? Well, whenever you fire up one of our engines, you are putting hundreds of individual components through incredible stress.
For example, every 24 hours a Perkins engine can shift the same amount of water through the water pump as a washing machine running for 30 years, it can pump enough oil through its filters to fill two petrol tankers, and filters the contents of the fuel tank every hour.
The engines keep running reliably for years because of the quality of the original parts.
So when you replace those components, why would you risk using anything other than an original Perkins part?
As our illustration shows, our engines face some immense challenges every day.
Did you realise, for instance, that a typical engine running for 24 hours will move 360,000 litres of water through a water pump, and filter 80,000 litres of oil? That’s around the same capacity as two 40-foot oil tankers.
The pistons can change direction a quarter of a million times per hour, and the 160 bar head gasket pressure is the same as the pressure at a depth of 1.6 km under the sea, or five Eiffel Towers. The exhaust and cylinder gasket sealing, meanwhile, has to withstand temperatures of up to 750°C.
Perkins engines are designed and built to run reliably for years. The reason they have such a reputation for quality and durability is that each Perkins engine, and each of its components, has been through a full and incredibly rigorous development process. So each component will have been tested separately and as part of the engine for thousands of hours before it reaches you.
Then, once that engine is in production, Perkins is able to capture feedback from thousands of engines in the field, to prompt even more improvements.
So when customers buy genuine Perkins parts, they can be confident that the component they are buying is the right one for the job, is reliable and durable, and has been designed and manufactured to the original specification.
If the part you buy is just a copy of one of our parts, you have no guarantee that it will be able to do the job of the original component.
“The reality is that an engine is only as good as its weakest component. When you choose a genuine Perkins part, you can be sure they are manufactured using the highest quality materials, will fit first time – saving costly downtime – will be to the latest specification, and will be supported by a Perkins 12 month warranty. Any one component that’s not to the original specification can have an adverse effect on the overall performance of the engine. The difference between genuine and non-genuine is small, but you risk having a negative impact on things like emissions, oil and fuel consumption, power output and, ultimately, you risk engine damage or failure.” ”
Ian Bradford, Parts product manager
Testing Perkins genuine parts in extreme environments
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