Thread: Oil Sludge?
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Old 06-04-2011, 07:49 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by VECTOR View Post
It was on the internal engine metal I could reach with my finger, not the cap itself. It came off like a paste more than a lite film of oil. I cannot say it looked like mayo, but lets assume for the moment it is. What do you guys use(if anything) to loosen or break it down right before an oil change?

What is there to worry about as you put it if it is more like mayo, and what is typically done to get rid of it?
This sounds pretty normal for the top of the engine cover. Years of build-up will cause that thick muddy grease. Most synthetics actually contain detergents to keep sludge from building up. You can either:

- change your oil more often
- use something like Auto-RX (don't think it's that drastic, but wouldn't hurt)

I suggest opening the valve cover and check to see if it's the entire engine or just the inside of the cover.
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