Interesting Article on Engine Oil Sludge

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Sorry - I forgot to mention you need to scroll down and click on the article "Engine Oil Sludge". It's under RECENT TOP SEARCHES. Z-
 

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The WTDN article was a poor one--as you might expect from a layman reporter. It makes the assumption that all newer engines have sludging problems, and then recommends 3000 to 5000 mile changes for all of them.
 

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Originally posted by Jay: The WTDN article was a poor one--as you might expect from a layman reporter. It makes the assumption that all newer engines have sludging problems, and then recommends 3000 to 5000 mile changes for all of them.
However, he isn't a "layman reporter" just for WDTN - he is a veteran 2-time Emmy Award winning reporter whose column appears in at least seven major cities across the country. The impression I got from reading the article is that there are a large number of mechanics who do not believe in extended drain intervals. You (collectively) and I may know about the problem with VW & Toyota sludging problems, but any one of the remaining 95% of the population that reads this article will simply have the "3,000 mile OCI" legacy solidified that much more. Though I don't think the article was poorly written, I do think it should have gone a little more in depth into the causes of the sludging problems (i.e., Toyota's engines). It doesn't account for driving habits, type of oil/filter used, etc. It simply scratched the surface of a bunch of underlying problems. Z-
 
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If it is true about the milky choclate shake looking stuff under the oil filler, this is a worth while article. Anyone know if this mechanic is right on or not.
 
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