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Chrysler Sebring: The Truth about Oil Sludge
The Chrysler Sebring brought us several generations of convertibles, sedans, and coupes during its stint, from 1995 through 2010. The appeal of this Chrysler comes from being a reasonably priced midsize vehicle that\'s offered in various body styles. The Sebring may not have the same refinements as other well-performing vehicles in its segment, but it does offer great value for its decent performance. Just like other vehicles, the Sebring\'s engine won\'t be able to perform well if the motor oil isn\'t changed regularly or as often as needed. Oil sludge, which can trigger engine failure, can be blamed on poor maintenance.
Why oil sludge builds up?
Over time, the motor oil\'s chemical compounds will break down, brought about by its heavy exposure to high temperatures and lack of oil change. As the oil oxidizes, the additives it contains will eventually break away from the fluid and will break down chemically until it solidifies. The baked-on oil deposits then turn into a gelatinous, sticky substance called the oil sludge, a combination of oxidized oil and contaminants. As oil flows around the engine, various engine parts and surfaces can eventually be coated with sludge. This is where the problem starts.
How oil sludge ruins the engine?
When oil starts to oxidize and forms a sludge, there would be less fluid in the system. Oil level can drop easily. As some engine parts get covered by sludge, the engine may gradually lose its ability to work at its peak since sludge can retain heat instead of dispel it. As a result, various engine parts may suffer from mechanical wear and damage. Gaskets, belts, and other parts can easily get ruined as well because of this. As it spreads to other areas including the oil pan, it may cause some blockage. Oil won\'t be able to flow freely anymore. If oil fails to get to where it should be, the engine can suffer and can get damaged irreversibly. Oil will lose its ability to lubricate parts and keep them cool and clean. If you don\'t take immediate action, catastrophic engine failure may happen.
How can you tell if there\'s oil sludge buildup?
Visual inspection would reveal if there\'s oil sludge buildup in the engine. But even without running some under-hood checks, some things can tell you if oil sludge buildup is already affecting engine performance. Aside from the fast drop of oil pressure, a vehicle with sludgy oil and engine could suffer from poor gas mileage. Rough acceleration can also be experienced aside from frequent or intermittent engine stalling.
Before the engine fails or seizes, do something to fix the oil sludge problem. Stick to a regular oil change schedule, as recommended by the manufacturer, and use the right type of fluid for the engine, considering the preferred weight and other specs. Also change the oil filter regularly. In order to remove sludge, some would use an engine sludge remover that can be bought from auto parts stores; others would rather take the vehicle to a mechanic who can run some checks and clean the engine, especially when dealing with larger amounts of sludge.