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Four Tips for Preventing Engine Sludge

Posted on 14 April 2018 by admin (0)

If you’ve been driving for years now, you understand that engine repairs can be costly. In fact, they are one of the most expensive repairs you can have on a vehicle. Engine sludge is one of the factors that result in engine failure. Perhaps you’re wondering what this is all about. Well, engine sludge, also known as oil sludge, refers to the black, grease-like a deposit that develops on a vehicle’s engine as a result of the breakdown of oil or extended oil change intervals. Vehicles that use poor quality motor oil are likely to experience the build-up of oil sludge.

The fact that your vehicle has developed engine sludge doesn’t mean it’s over. It can be a warning sign that it’s time to do something. Ignoring this problem can often mean buying an entirely new engine for your vehicle. Why wait until engine sludge forms so you can take action? You can prevent it from forming and save your car! Here’s how to do it.

Be Street Smart

In the owner’s manual, your vehicle’s manufacturer indicates the most appropriate way to use your car. Failure to use your car as highlighted and using it in ways that the manufacturer describes or considers to be severe will result in problems. For instance, city driving with short commutes and excessive idling can put stress on your vehicle’s engine thereby encouraging sludge buildup. It’s important that your car engine reaches and operates at its ideal operating temperature. Failure to do so causes the motor oil to flow properly thus forming sludge.

Watch out for Troublemakers

Understand that engine sludge isn’t a simple problem that you can rid your car of, hence the need to prevent it. Failure to follow the manufacturer’s motor oil specifications and change guidelines will result in oil sludge. Follow the right schedule depending on the conditions under which your car operates. For city-driving and off-road use consider following the extreme-duty schedule (changing every 3,000miles).

Using the wrong fuel or poor quality oil can lead to engine sludge among other engine problems. Be sure to use the right type of motor oil and fuel for your vehicle, mileage, and engine type. Always check your owner’s manual.

Regular Oil Maintenance

As mentioned, failure to follow the motor oil change guidelines is one of the things that can result in engine sludge. Regular oil change will not only prevent oil sludge but keep your engine in top performance and ensure its longevity, as well. Stop by your auto shop or certified mechanic for a full-service oil change as indicated in your owner’s manual.

Conduct a thorough Investigation

Before you buy a used automobile, conduct a thorough investigation of the make and model. You don’t want to invest in a car that has a sludgy reputation. Whether or not the vehicle was manufactured post-2000, request for the oil change history and maintenance data. Once you have this information, go ahead and compare it with the recommendations and requirements given by the manufacturer.

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