Benefits Of Engine Flush
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Since: Mar 13
#1 Mar 8, 2013
Dragon Oil And Lubricants,S.A
Many oil-change chains offer extra services these days, from transmission fluid changes to air conditioning maintenance. One of the services an oil change technician might suggest next time you're in is an engine flush, which is exactly what it sounds like it flushes the gunk out of your engine.
Chemicals are poured into the engine, which is then gently idled for a few minutes to make sure the cleaning agent reaches everyplace oil would normally go. Then the chemicals are drained, just like the oil would be for an oil change. As a matter of fact, an engine flush is often performed after the old oil is taken out and before the new, clean oil is poured in.
Clean is good, but keep in mind that many manufacturers advise against performing and engine flush on modern vehicles. Our engineers have conducted exhaustive tests to create specialized maintenance products and service standards that support the performance and longevity of our vehicles, and these standards don't include engine flushing." Engineers at GM said, "Engine oil flushes are not recommended. If oil is changed on schedule, you shouldn't have to flush the engine."
There may be a few instances where an engine flush is required, but be aware that engine technology has progressed to the point that many newer vehicles not only don't need and engine flush, they may be harmed by the procedure.
Keeping that caveat in mind, let's take a look at five benefits of engine flushes.
1) Remove deposit buildup.
Sometimes, the way we drive keeps engine oil from being able to do its job completely and well. Short trips of only a few miles and lots of stop-and-go driving can cause particles in the oil to become deposits in the engine, which can build up over time. These deposits restrict the flow of oil.
An engine flush can clear out those deposits to open narrow oil passages clogged by gunk that's been floating around in the oil. Releasing those deposits and allowing the oil to flow freely saves wear and tear on the engine and keeps parts moving as they should.
2)Give your car a clean slate.
While most cars that are driven and maintained regularly don't need an engine flush, there are a few cases where doing an engine flush may help:
Cars with an unknown maintenance record. If you just bought an older used car for a great price but it didn't come with any maintenance records, an engine flush followed by a few quarts of fresh oil might save you a headache later.
Cars with recent internal engine work. You know the maintenance record of this engine -- and it's major. If your car had any engine work done, an engine flush could wash away leftover particulates before adding new oil.
Cars with a long interval between oil changes. Again, you know the service record of this car, and you know the owner rarely (if ever) changed the oil. There's almost certainly buildup in the engine, since dirty oil only gets dirtier. An engine flush could give the car a longer life.
3) Keep new oil clean.
Especially if you recognize your car's history (or lack of history) on the previous page, an engine flush could help keep your new oil clean. That's why these services are often performed together: First the flush to get rid of old oil deposits, then the new oil to keep the engine in tip-top shape.
Without the engine flush, the new oil will just pick up the old deposits and sludge and keep them circulating through the engine. Soon enough, the new oil is just as dirty as the old oil. An engine flush can help you go longer between oil changes, especially if the maintenance on the car hasn't been perfect.
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