Water In Your Engine Oil & Other Dangers of Low Auto Lubrication Levels

 Most people take their oil lubrication system in their motors for granted.  Fill it up.  The gas pump jockey asks “Check your oil?”  The usual answer is either “its fine” or even if the dipstick is low – then “it’s ok”. It seems that if the orange or red oil idiot warning light on the dash board does not come on – then everything must be fine and in order in the minds of most auto drivers and owners.  How wrong they are. Not only that if you do short drives or your driving is in the cold Canadian winter you probably have a quart of water in your oil crankcase doing zero lubrication and allowing metal surfaces to grind – metal to metal.

           Experienced mechanics and those servicing vehicles in the commercial extreme automobile categories – that is those like taxis and police cars that have long grueling driving in low temperatures with short trips, will tell you that the quickest way for short engine life and expensive repairs is not to change the oil often.  Those who don’t change their oil often are the same drivers who think engine lubrication oil is of little importance or avail.  Again how wrong they are.

             Engine oils do a lot more than simple lubrication of engine parts.  The major enemy of any automobile engine and its components is heat – that is right simple heat and getting rid or exhausting that waste heat out of the engine cycle is a major consideration of extending the life of your power plant.  A car or truck’s motor is the single most expensive part of your vehicle.

Without your power plant your vehicle is as good as dead in the water – your automobile can not fulfill its function – that is to provide you transportation – reliable transportation at that.  Simple as that.

                 Yet one of the major overall functions of a car’s lubrication system is not only providing simple lubrication and a reduction in friction which causes vital wear and tear.  It’s also to remove waste heat.  It is estimated that fully half of the waste heat expelled and removed from your engine mechanical system in total is removed via the lubrication system alone.

Add to that the role of engine oils is to remove chemicals and chemical byproducts of the combustion cycle and as well to minimize dangerous oxidation to metal surfaces and engine components that occur at high temperatures.  Add this to the mix of having full and proper engine oil on board. It’s a double sword for your motoring good or bad.

  True you do have a cooling system with ethylene glycol anti-freeze coolant, a radiator and water pump to actively remove waste heat from the internal combustion process.  Yet a major component in conducting that heat to the radiator system and even allowing for the removal and elimination of that created heat, to reduce friction wear and tear is the engine oil lubricating system.

                   Hence at the end of the road – it’s a wise practice to both change your oil on  a regular basis as per manufacturer’s recommendations and to keep engine oil topped up close to the maximum level on the dipstick ( but not overfilled).  Take care of your car, SUV or truck’s engine and it will take care of you and provide many many years of reliable and economical transportation.

Micheal B. Sigmundson

Edmonton Alberta Used Car Dealer

 St Albert Mazda 3 Spruce Grove Leduc


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