Easy sludge checks...

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Besides looking through the oil filler, taking off the valve covers, or advanced chemical testing, is there a poor/lazy man's way of looking for sludge buildup, varnish, or other nasties in your engine? Any little tricks or clues that may point you to a potential problem? Pretty much all I know is looking through the filler. I don't worry about it now, but just thinking ahead... TIA!
 
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CHeck the top inside of the oil filler cap - also the condition of the dip stick. Black, varnished, gritty, (I've seen all the above). PCV valve is another good indication as to whats going on inside the motor.
 
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Top of the filler cap is a good indication. Mine is sludged up, and you can see junk on the cams too. If only ARX wasn't so expensive to get over here. I guess I will stick with LC.
 
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I'm with GreeCguy except I would put PCV at the top of the list. I don't have any data, but I have the impression from my experience that the PCV is a more sensitive indicator than the "peek inside" method.
 
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If you change your oil yourself, take a sample of it and inspect it. Pour a little onto a clean paper towel and see what doesn't soak through the towel. My used oil has always been "amber" in color, never black. Then again, i'm a member of the 3/3000 OCI club [Wink]
 

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quote:
Originally posted by hominid7: Then again, i'm a member of the 3/3000 OCI club [Wink]
Oh yeah! I've heard of you guys...! [Big Grin]
 
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