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Dodge Dakota Oil Sludge: When Good Oil Goes Bad
Chrysler dreamt to build the first mid-sized pickup truck that handled like a compact but offered the cargo-handling capability of a full-size pickup. In 1986, this dream became a reality in the Dodge Dakota. The Dodge Dakota was built for the 1987 model year and its production continued until 2011. Dakota means \"friend\" or \"ally\" in the Sioux Indian language. If you own a Dodge Dakota, a common problem on it is oil sludge. Here are the things that you should know about oil sludge and how to prevent it:
First things first, are you a short distance driver? Frequent short driving trips are tough on engine oil. This is because your oil may not reach ideal operating temperatures. As a result, condensation and combustion bi-products such as smoke dilute your oil.leading to sludge and a shortened lifespan of engine components.
Another important question: do you frequently drive in high temperatures? Excessive heat causes your oil to breakdown, which leads to sludge and engine wastes. Another possible cause of oil sludge is a very hot engine. The factory thermostat is 195 degrees, which is too hot and causes premature oil breakdown. You can install a 180-degree thermostat and a cooler running plug in your Dodge Dakota to help cool your engine better.
Proper car maintenance
Regularly changing your oil can spare your Dodge Dakota from having oil sludge. It is very important that you change your oil before sludge forms in your engine. It would be best that you follow the heavy service interval specified in your owner\'s manual. Change your oil and filter at no more than 3,000 miles and have your oil system flushed every six months. In addition, only use synthetic oil for your engine because it is marginally better at suspending more contaminant particles.
Installing a longer pickup tube and an over-sized oil pan would also help prevent oil sludge. An over-sized oil pan would mean more oil capacity and less contaminant per measure. Changing your coolant regularly would help too. Oil sludge could also be caused by coolant contamination. So, check your crankcase for signs of coolant. In addition, have your PCV valve checked for defects and change it if needed because a defective PCV valve could also cause oil sludge. You may also need to have your intake manifold gasket checked for leaks because this seems to be the main cause of sludge buildup on the 4.7 family engines.
Oil pan cleanup
You can remove oil sludge on your Dodge Dakota by lowering the oil pan and sliding it out from under your vehicle. You would need to find a safe and well-ventilated place to clean the inside of the oil pan. Pour some suitable cleaning solvent into the oil pan such as gas, diesel and kerosene. Then, let the solvent sit in the oil pan for about two minutes.
Using a clean rag, wipe all of the oil sludge from the bottom and the sides of the oil pan. Saturate the clean rag with the cleaning solvent while doing so. Pour the dirty solvent into the drip pan and repeat the process until the oil pan is completely free of oil sludge. Make sure that the oil pan is completely dry and clean before you reinstall it on the bottom of your engine.