What Is Oil Sludge and Is It Bad for Your Car?

Engine oil is responsible for lubricating your engine and preventing excess friction damage. Some oils have additives that are resistant to high heat and prevent corrosion. After running your car for miles and miles on end, your oil will inevitably get dirty. When left in your engine for too long, the oil forms into oil sludge. 


When dirt, dust, and other contaminants combine with oxidation in the engine, it forms a thick gel-like consistency. As a result, it can slow down your engine and cause extensive engine damage. You can prevent oil sludge from forming by getting your oil changed on time.


When your engine suffers from oil sludge, friction is increased. Since your engine will have to work harder, it will burn more fuel in the process. A drop in fuel efficiency is one of the first signs you experience. When friction is increased, it also puts your engine at risk of overheating. Additionally, the engine components can wear out quicker, lowering your vehicle’s efficiency.


All in all, it can shrink your engine’s lifespan. Plus, the oil sludge can cause leaks, exposing excess heat to your cooling system, timing belt, radiator, and more. To prevent costly repairs, please get your oil change.


Besides getting your oil service, please remember to always check the condition of your motor oil, using the dipstick provided. Another recommendation is to limit short-distance trips and stop-and-go traffic. And last but not least, always keep an eye out for unusual signs on the dashboard. If a warning light comes on or the temperature gauge goes up, it could be a sign your engine is overheating.  


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