Engine sludge can be a very costly problem for drivers. Your Porsche’s engine can run roughly if dealing with a sludge buildup. For Porsche drivers who pride themselves on their quality choice of luxury vehicle, this is simply unacceptable and should be avoided at all costs. In this article, we will take a closer look at oil sludge, find out what it is, what it means for your Porsche, and how you can take action to avoid it.
Also referred to as engine sludge, oi -sludge is a build up of broken down or used up oil deposits that develop around your Porsche’s motor and engine. When this sludge is present, your engine is not able to be properly lubricated, as fresh oil cannot circulate to all the parts of the engine. Without proper lubrication, the moving parts of the engine will start to become stuck and cease, reducing, and potentially causing your engine to stop working. There is no discrimination between luxury vehicles and used cars when it comes to oil sludge; all vehicles can be affected without the proper maintenance.
While built up oil sludge can be a tricky process to fix, preventing it is quite simple and should already be part of your maintenance routine. If these aren’t on your maintenance list already, remember, better late than never!
While poor quality oil may be cheap, it can heavily impact the performance of your engine. Saving money is great. Just remember, you are driving a luxury car. It demands respect. Poor quality or cheap oil typically does not have the correct additives or conditions included to encourage peak engine performance. It can also be higher in contaminants or even possess a shorter lifespan than trusted oil brands. This can directly contribute to oil-sludge buildup.
Oil that is past its best can be a leading cause of oil sludge, as the aged oil breaks down and clumps around parts. To avoid this, be sure to change your oil as directed by either your mechanic or your Porsche owner’s manual.
Oil filters can become clogged for many reasons. Factors such as poor or old oil, contaminants in the oil, and parts failure can all cause the oil filter to clog or become ineffective. When this happens, sludge is likely to build up around the system as well as allowing contaminants to freely enter the engines system, potentially causing deposits in other areas of your engine also.
The number one habitual cause of oil sludge build up is what has been dubbed stop-and-go driving. This driving habit is defined as short commutes which require the vehicle to regularly stop and start in a short time span. This is strenuous on the engine and can cause parts to wear out faster as a result, which directly contributes to oil-sludge buildup.
White the jury is out for many on whether oil-sludge removing products work, if your Porsche appears prone to sludge buildup, purchasing an engine sludge remover might be worth a try. These products are available at many auto parts and auto servicing stores and can be used quickly and easily via following the instructions listed on the product.
The best way to avoid oil-sludge buildup in your Porsche is to seek regular maintenance and servicing from professional mechanics. If your car is inspected regularly, it increases the likelihood that a potential series issues, such as oil-sludge, can be caught early. This will result in far more simple repairs that not only keep your car out of the shop for extensive time periods but will save you money, too.
If you live in or around Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, or Los Angeles County, CA, then your number one choice is Euro Plus Automotive. We are experts in imported cars since 1984. There is very little our experienced team doesn’t know about Porsches. In fact, we are so confident in our skills that we offer a 2 year/24,000 warranty on all parts and labor as standard.
Driving a luxury car is a privilege, and when you notice a leak under your car it can be very frustrating. Some fluid under your car can be normal, such as condensation from running your air conditioner. However, if the fluid is oil you could have a serious problem.
Fluids are essential and are required for your car to run properly. Knowing if the spot under your car is oil or other fluid can easily be determined. Each fluid that your car uses to run is distinct in its own way. Transmission fluid will be a dark reddish-brown color, while coolant will be a vibrant pink or green. Engine oil, on the other hand, is thick and dark yellow in color.
There are several causes of oil leaks. All of these can usually be prevented with regular maintenance. If you notice an oil leak you should have it checked out right away. Leaving it go unattended can lead to more serious problems and can end up damaging your engine.
Here are a few common oil leak locations:
Oil Filter: Having your oil filter changed regularly is important. Filters wear out over time and get clogged from dirt and debris. Once it is dirty and worn out it can no longer filter the oil, this can cause an oil leak.
Drain Plug: If your drain plug is damaged or incorrectly tightened it can leak oil. This type of issue is more common after an oil change.
Filler Cap: Another issue that can cause an oil leak after an oil change is due to the filler cap not being tightened correctly. Technicians can easily forget to tighten the cap and the oil will spill out and run down the sides of the engine.
Oil Pan Gasket: The oil pan gasket is located between your engine block and the oil pan. This gasket sees a lot of wear due to heat.
Valve Gasket Seal: The valve gasket seal can wear out due to heat and age. This seal is responsible for keeping the oil in the system. Cars that have high mileage are more likely to have issues with their valve gasket seal.
Rear Main Seal: The rear main seal is a very common area that leaks in cars that don’t get driven often or don’t have regular oil changes. This seal is used to seal the area where the crankshaft attaches to the flywheel.
Timing Cover Gasket: If your car has a timing chain, then it has a timing cover gasket. Leaks in this area are usually slow but cause a mess as the oil builds up on the drive belt and accessories.
There isn’t one simple solution to fixing all oil leaks. The area and the cause of the problem will determine what needs to be done. There are some products that can help to stop leaks but they are just temporary solutions. Eventually, you will have to fix the problem. Putting it off can lead to more issues and higher service bills.
Here at Euro Plus Automotive, we can take care of any oil leak that you may have. Our expert team is highly knowledgeable are we are certain that they will get your car fixed as quickly and safely as they possibly can.
It is always important to practice proper maintenance. By doing so you can help to prevent oil leaks as well as other issues. Your vehicle has a recommended servicing schedule that was developed using statistical evidence from drivers as well as typical wear and tear. Using this schedule can keep your car running for many years to come.
Here at Euro Plus Automotive, we can help you with all of your luxury German and Japanese import needs. We service the Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County, CA areas. If you have any questions or to schedule an appointment call us on 818-710-8244, or come see us at 7107 Canoga Ave, Canoga Park.