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How to Save Your Dodge Ram 1500 Engine from Oil Sludge
The Dodge Ram 1500 was designed with styling and power to be the most versatile half-ton truck on the road. It\'s a great truck if you need durability and performance. However, it\'s not without problem. There have been complaints about the Ram 1500\'s engine and its oil sludge problem. What happens is that the regular engine oil tends to get hotter than normal and causes it to gel. As this gel settles in the engine, there will be less oil to provide the necessary cooling for the engine. This is something you should really be concerned about because it could cause major engine trouble if left unchecked.
Understand the root cause of oil sludge
The first step in solving engine oil sludge problem from your Dodge Ram 1500 is to understand how and why sludge forms. Engine oil sludge is actually the combination of oxidized oil and contaminants that have settled and dispersed onto the engine surfaces. As engine designs changed, you are able to go longer between oil changes as well as checking on your cooling system. This leads to most people\'s poor change oil and overall engine maintenance habits.
The engine oil is responsible for suspending contaminants in the engine. At some point, it will max out its ability to hold impurities and the contaminants will settle out of the oil and onto the engine parts; this starts to form sludge.
Know the signs of oil sludge
Typically, oil sludge forms first in the top end of the engine, the valve cover area and in the oil pan. It can block the oil screen siphon and lead to sever engine damage because the oil is not getting to where it needs to be. This is when you start to see sludge when you pop up that hood. However, you can detect oil sludge problem in its early stage. Signs of oil sludge usually mirror performance issues like poor gas mileage, rough acceleration, stalling and loss of oil pressure.
A sharp drop in oil pressure is always a cause for concern. It is also among the most common indicators that something is up in your engine\'s oil. When the low oil pressure indicator light turns on, it could mean that there is sludge. This sludge clogs up the oil passageways so the rest of the oil wouldn\'t reach other parts of the engine that needed lubrication. When this happens, the oil pressure decreases and the indicator light would switch on.
Learn how to prevent oil sludge
Fortunately for you, engine oil sludge is preventable. Even if your Ram 1500 has an engine that is susceptible to sludge problems, there are ways to keep that engine in top shape. The easiest step to avoiding sludge is being mindful of your vehicle\'s maintenance schedules. Always consult your manual and follow the indicated oil change intervals. It doesn\'t mean though that you have to change it every 3000 miles; as long as you don\'t stretch your oil change intervals to 10,000 miles, you\'re still good to go.
It is also advisable to change the oil filter when you change the oil. Flushing the engine before adding new oil will help remove oil sludge deposits and your oil stays cleaner, longer. If your vehicle allows it, it\'s also advisable to use synthetic oils instead of conventional ones since they contain fewer impurities. Some synthetic oils even contain detergents that help clean the engine and prevent sludge formation. At the same time, you have to be mindful of the oil you buy. Know what additives are in it; some can cause lubrication problems and even cause sludge to form.