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Synthetic Oil and Sludge Prevention Advice

We normally discuss the need for engine lubrication and the various ways in which motor oil helps your vehicle perform at its best. Engines clearly rely on this slippery liquid to get their job done. However, today we want to discuss the other side of the coin. When allowed to go bad, that old or worn out motor oil can actually start to harm your engine. Avoiding this type of harm and the effects of sludge buildup isn´t complicated, but it does require that you be well informed and take the proper measures to prevent and correct it.

What You Need to Know About Sludge and Engine Lubrication

Sure, quality lubrication is the first line of defense against friction and a great assistant against heat. Yet, over time and with use, all motor oils start to decay and their protective benefits begin to scale down. Avoiding oil changes will result in severe protective reduction and eventually lead to the formation of sludge and possible engine failure.  Sludge is corroded motor oil that has lost its beneficial qualities. It can become baked into engine parts and harden when the heat alters it or it can lose viscosity under other conditions. Low temperatures and the presence of contaminants can turn into thick and gooey clumps that can clog important areas of the engine.

Some Lubricants Can Cause More Sludge Buildup Than Others

Although there are several reasons as to why sludge forms the main contributors are: failure to change the oil on time and the use of cheaper more weak oil that is easily decomposed. Regular motor oil has a much lower resistance to heat, cold, and other harsh conditions than synthetic oil. This makes it more susceptible to sludge formations. Some conventional motor oils are even more inclined to easily create sludge buildup. Paraffin based conventional oils are derived from a paraffinic crude that is refined and filtered extensively to try and remove as paraffin (wax) as possible. Most of it is removed and the oil is mostly wax free after it completes the refining process. However, there can still be a few diminutive traces and particles of wax. When you constantly use this type of motor oil the minor traces can start to stick and add up. If you are not strict about changing the oil then your engine faces a much higher chance of severe sludge with these type of oils.

Choose Synthetic Oil Over Conventional for Less Sludge and More Protection

Synthetic oil is the only motor oil that has can clearly prolong protection and will withstand almost all conditions without forming sludge. It can last much longer without suffering decomposition but it does still need to be changed. If you avoid synthetic oil changes the oil will also eventually start to become so filthy that it can harm your engine. The advantage that you have with synthetic oil is that you don´t have to worry about sludge forming if you don't carry out religious oil changes. You also have longer intervals between changes that give you the peace of mind. Perhaps the biggest advantage is the fact that synthetic oil not only prevents sludge but it also removes any deposits that may have already formed. AMSOIL synthetic oil has an advanced formula that works profoundly to absorb sludge and buildup and cleanse the engine. The sludge it removes is then trapped by the oil filter and removed completely when the oil filter is cleaned or replaced. This is why it is also important to change the oil filter as needed. At Factory Direct Oil Inc we carry all the AMSOIL products you need to keep your engine in top shape and free of harmful buildup. Contact us now.

2 Other Factors That Contribute to Sludge Buildup

  • The engine structure. Sludge formation is not entirely caused by bad oil, some engines are more exposed to sludge problems. As stated on the Consumer Reports webpage, certain types of vehicle engines have a higher tendency to suffer from sludge problems. Read their article here, to get a closer look at some of the most reported sludge-prone engines and some important tips.
  • Contaminants. Dust, dirt,  moisture,  and condensation along other contaminants that make their way inside the engine, can bind to the oil. This causes it to break down faster and more likely to form sludge.

Sludge Prevention and Detection With Synthetic Oil Changes in Portsmouth

It is always best to prevent sludge than to have to deal with its effects later. Have your engine checked if you suspect a serious sludge problem. Also, make sure you use a quality lubricant. Using AMSOIL for your synthetic oil changes will keep your engine sludge free and safe.  Call (757) 377-5823 today for the best prices and products.

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