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Tips to Avoid Oil Sludge Buildup in Your VW From Certified Technicians in Canoga Park

Volkswagen Oil Sludge Buildup

Volkswagens are excellent vehicles that are durable and dependable. However, like any other vehicle, they experience issues. One of the most common issues that we see in Volkswagens is oil sludge buildup in the engine. Oil sludge buildup is a problem that affects the function, reliability, and longevity of your car.

Diagnosing Oil Sludge Buildup

Oil sludge is also referred to as engine sludge. It is the product of either oxidation and/or contamination of your Volkswagen’s engine oil. It is made up of old oil and contaminants. It turns into a thick gel that sticks to parts of the engine. The sludge will eventually block oil flow. It also adds additional stress on the radiator and cooling system. Without proper lubrication, the engine cannot function correctly. Moving parts will experience friction and can seize up. These issues can lead to complete engine failure.

Causes and Symptoms of Oil Sludge Buildup

Engine sludge develops when oil breaks down. The first sign is often oil sludge buildup on top of the engine. It also collects on the valve cover and oil pan. When sludge develops, oil is unable to lubricate the moving parts. A contributing factor of buildup is driving long distances in stop and go traffic. As well as, short-distance commutes.

Common causes of oil sludge buildup include:

  • condensation
  • contaminants such as dirt and debris
  • excessive idling in stop and go traffic
  • short commutes that don’t completely circulate the oil

Symptoms of buildup:

  • low oil pressure
  • clicking noises
  • oil drains slowly
  • visible sludge in the oil filter
  • illuminated check engine light

Removing Engine Sludge

Identifying engine sludge is easy. It is thicker than regular oil and can usually be found in small clusters. If you think that your Volkswagen has oil sludge buildup, you should take it to a professional. Our mechanics have the tools and equipment needed to handle your sludge problem.

Preventing Oil Sludge Buildup in Your VW

Regular oil changes can help prevent oil sludge buildup. Dirty oil and filters can cause many different issues. Follow your VWs guidelines to stay current on oil changes. Cheap oil may save you money, but it usually doesn’t contain the additives that are needed to protect your engine. It can also have a higher amount of contaminants that will cause it to break down prematurely. This will contribute to oil sludge buildup. You will end up spending more money because you will need to change your oil more often.

Loss of Power

Your Volkswagen may begin to feel sluggish and lose power. It may not accelerate as quickly as it used to. Dirty oil can decrease your Volkswagen’s power which, in turn, makes the engine work harder.

Idles Roughly

Oil is vital in keeping the engine running smoothly. Contaminates lead to friction and component failure, which can cause shaking and vibrations.

Knocking Sounds

Contaminated oil can damage engine components. The debris causes friction and produces metal shavings which are recirculated through the engine causing damage which leads to knocking.

Ticking Sounds

Improper lubrication can produce ticking sounds in the engine due to friction rub. This can lead to further problems down the road.

Illuminated Check Engine Light

The check engine light can be triggered by many different issues. If your light comes on, bring it into our shop to have diagnostics run. Our certified technicians will be able to pinpoint the cause.

Oil and Filter Changes are Important

Oil doesn’t last forever. It gets contaminated and breaks down causing damage. Benefits of regular oil changes will help:

  • Keep the engine lubricated
  • Keep the engine clean
  • Extend the life of the engine
  • Cool the engine
  • Remove dirt and debris
  • Improve gas mileage
  • Protect the environment

Volkswagen Oil Sludge Buildup Prevention Tips

Euro Plus Automotive Will Remove the Oil Sludge

At Euro Plus Automotive, our technicians Volkswagen Oil Change can remove the oil sludge in your Volkswagen. If you believe that you have buildup or are experiencing any other issues, don’t wait to call us. Continuing to drive your car can lead to bigger issues, including engine failure. Call us today to schedule an appointment. You can reach us on 818-710-8244 or come see us at 7107 Canoga Ave, Canoga Park. We proudly serve the communities of Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County, CA areas.

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