Oil Tech: Functions

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Jun2012 09

In previous articles in the Oil Tech Information Series focused on the physical and chemical properties of engine oil, as well as some of the conditions that cause oil to break down, become acidic, and form sludge. While all of this is good knowledge, it is also important to understand all of the ways the [...]

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Oil Tech: Sludge

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Apr2012 30

One of the most dangerous substances to an engine’s lubrication system is oil sludge. Anyone who is familiar with Volkswagens and Audis knows that the early 1.8t engines (AEB) that came in Passats and A4s have a notorious engine oil sludge problem. VW’s fix is to use a larger filter, the one for earlier diesel [...]

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Oil Tech: Base Stock

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Apr2012 27

While non-detergent oils are comprised of only oil base stock, most engine oils on the market today contains several components, but they can all be classified into one of two basic categories: the base stock, which I will discuss here, and the additive package, which will be discussed in other oil tech articles (see the [...]

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Oil Tech: Viscosity

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Apr2012 25

One property of engine oil that most people are familiar with is the grade. Oil grade is sometimes referred to as weight, and oil grades are measured using a standardized test developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and are outlined in the document SAE J300. SAE J300 defines separate testing methods for standard [...]

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Oil Tech: Acids & Bases

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Apr2012 24

Let me preface this first installment of our Oil Tech series by saying I am definitely the engineer type, and the years I’ve spent in the automotive industry have led me to ask a lot of questions about how things work and why things happen. So, how does the oil in your engine work? As [...]

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