Monday, November 4, 2013

Want To Lower Your Vehicle's Cholesterol?

Oil sludge is one of the most costly problems facing  vehicle owner's today. More advanced engine designs often result in unexpected problems that cause sludge to build up in the engine's oil system. Sludge is particularly dangerous on screens or in small passages, where it can cause a clog that prevents oil from reaching critical areas. This will ultimately result in catastrophic engine failure, which can only be repair by replacing the entire engine. You can dramatically reduce your chances of having an oil sludge problem.

Remember  to change your oil frequently. Some manufacturers will recommend that you change your oil every 5,000 or 7,500 miles. Over time, they have changed this to increase the frequency of oil changes. If you are fighting oil sludge, your motor oil and filter should be changed every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. Changing it more frequently will not hurt.

Monitor your engine closely. If you start to see oil appear on the top of the engine, it may be an indication that your PCV valve has become clogged and is leaking oil. Replacing the valve is an inexpensive repair that can increase your car's performance. Ignoring the problem could lead to a more serious problems. Keep a close watch for oil on the engine, and replace the PCV valve as soon as it is noticed.

Oil sludge can also be caused from engine coolant leaking into the oil system. If you notice problems with your water pump or other parts of the engine cooling system, get it repaired immediately. Putting off repairs could result in significant problems with oil sludge.

Running an oil system  cleaner  or motor treatment through your vehicle's engine every so often can go a long way toward helping keep it clean and free of sludge. Even your vehicle could do  with a lower "cholesterol" level!  

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