Oil Sampling Kit

Tribe Engineering supplies a simple kit with which to take oil samples. The kit includes everything you need to safely and cleanly take an oil sample and post it to our lab for analysis. Samples of gearbox oil, fuel, hydraulic oil and coolants can also be taken with this kit.




  • Single sample kit purchased by customer directly, online or through reseller.
  • Kit contains everything required to safely and cleanly take an oil sample and send to the lab for analysis.
  • Oil sample is sent in a serialised secure bottle inside a pre-paid bottle mailer.
  • Extraction syringe is connected to the tubing.
  • Tubing can be cut to length to suit application.
  • Contaminated oil safety: Disposable gloves are included in the kit.
  • Kit includes pre-paid poly mailer to send sample to lab


The kit contains a very easy to follow set of instructions with pictograms that even a novice could follow. Once the sample is taken, all the user needs to do is fill in some details and sample serial number on the online form, put the sample into the provided mailer, affix the prepaid address label and send to our lab. The user will get an emailed response in around a week detailing the findings and maintenance recommendations.

Oil Sample pump

When larger numbers of samples are to be taken, the syringe in the kit can be replaced with a sample pump to take multiple samples without the need to clean the pump. All that is changed between samples is the sample tubing (which can be supplied in pre-cut lengths to suit your application). 

  • Oil sample pump is used when many samples need to be taken.
  • Bottle and disposable sample tube fits onto the pump.
  • Many samples can be taken with one pump without cross-contamination.

Oil Sampling of a modern engine

Taking an oil sample can be done through the dipstick aperture, the sump drain or from a dedicated sample point. The kit we supply is optimised for taking dipstick samples as this provides the easiest solution for most low to medium volume users and can be done at any time without the need to change the oil.

If samples are taken periodically through the life of the engine/gearbox, a view of rates of wear can be taken and oil change intervals tailored to the actual use of the vehicle rather than the OEM’s generic schedule – The OEM often specifies oil changes based on how often they want to charge you for a service, worst case mileage and typical type of use and worst case environmental conditions such as temperature, dust etc. Monitoring oil condition can give you the information you need to be able to confidently increase (and sometimes decrease) the time between oil changes and major overhauls to optimise the life of your engine.


  • Taking an oil sample is straightforward . . .
  • Open the bonnet/hood.
  • Locate and remove oil dipstick
  • Insert sample tube and extract oil sample. . .
  • Transfer oil into bottle and post to the lab . . .
  • Lab performs chemical and physical tests.
  • Condition of the oil is now known.
  • Sample report prepared and sent to customer with recommendations.
  • Customer can now "see" what is going on inside their engine.