There is one major conspiracy surrounding engine oil flushes for engines; does my vehicle actually need an engine flush? The short answer is yes, but only if the engine has had to endure neglected routine maintenance or specific environmental circumstances over time. It is becoming more common to see vehicles get a engine flush for several reasons:
- New emission control components
- Prolonged routine oil change intervals
- Frequent city driving
- Higher ambient temperatures
What is an engine oil flush?
The goal of an engine oil flush service is to make sure the oil in your engine is clean and deposit free. A successful engine flush will ensure all of the old, black and built up oil is removed from your crankcase. AG Automotive’s BG oil flush kit includes a chemical additive designed to dissolve and remove carbon build-up around piston ring grooves and within the crankcase. The additive mixes with the oil and circulates throughout the engine to break up any carbon deposits and dilute any sludge-like oil to make the flush more effective.
The main concerns: oil sludge & carbon deposits
In a perfect world, your engine oil will stay clean and clear of debris. But it is all too common for mechanical issues to arise when around 30,000+ parts are working in conjunction with each other. This isn’t good news for your oil, as it becomes an easy target for engine debris which tends to create additional mechanical mishaps. Any contaminants that mix with gas can cause the formation of oil sludge. The most common mechanical issues that instigate the formation of oil sludge are outlined in the section below.
You don’t have to be an expert to help prevent the build up of sludge in your engine. Some mechanical issues can even catch out the most savvy vehicle enthusiasts by surprise. But knowing how you can help avoid these problems will save you vehicle downtime and potentially major savings down the road. Choosing the right oil for your engine is an easy way to not only avoid engine sludge, but ensure you are getting maximum longevity and performance out of your vehicle. Oil has other important functions besides its lubricating properties. It contains a limited concentration of detergents that help other additives protect your engine against additional wear, reduce oxidation and increase its effectiveness all around.
When should I get an engine flush?
It is common for manufacturers to recommend an engine oil flush after your vehicle has driven 65,000 miles. As mentioned above, there are a handful of things that incite the build-up deposits in engine oil over time, reducing the time between recommended engine flushes to as early as 20,000 miles.
Frequent city driving is known to produce additional carbon deposits in the combustion chamber, exhaust system, and piston rings. The combination of carbon deposits, air-borne dirt, and high heat also dilute an engine’s oil- causing engine sludge to develop. The sludge can clog or reduce the flow through oil passages which restricts oil flow to vital parts throughout the engine. Ultimately reducing engine compression, horsepower and overall performance.
The most common sign indicating that an engine oil flush is needed is, after receiving a routine oil change service, the oil on your dipstick will still be black and appear unchanged. Prolonging routine oil changes is one of the worst things you can do to the health and longevity of your vehicle. If neglected, deposit build-up in the oil may cause additional and costly wear and tear on the engine. A successful engine oil flush should ensure that the oil coming out is clean, smooth and new.
It is also common to see a reduction in time between engine flush intervals if you live in a climate with high ambient temperatures. On top of the heat generated by the engine, frequently driving on hot days can cause additional thermal expansion within the engine. This extra expansion can reduce the tolerances between a gasket and fuel injector, causing poor combustion and increased deposits being mixed with the fuel.
Schedule your diesel engine flush service today!
If your vehicle is experiencing excess vehicle exhaust, increased engine noise, irregular oil texture or rough idling, schedule an appointment with our expert technicians at Ag Automotive and will have you back on the road in no time after we identify that your vehicle needs an engine flush service. Our expert technicians have the tools and knowledge to test, clean and replace worn engine components quickly and efficiently.
We want the job to be done right the first time so we ensure your engine is working properly and exceeds the manufacturer’s specifications. We offer our customers a full service engine oil flush for their gas or diesel engines. This service includes:
-Add BG Engine Performance Restore to the engine oil
-Start and run vehicle for 15 minutes
-Drive vehicle for 20 minutes
-Let vehicle run for an additional 10 minutes and drain oil immediately upon shutting off
-Remove oil filter and let oil drain for 15 minutes
-Perform oil change (Billed separately)
-Add BG Oil Conditioner
-Final quality and sanitation check