DVG Motoring Tip – What is Engine Oil used for?
An engine is made up of a large number of important moving parts, such as pistons, crankshaft, valves and the camshaft to name a few. Engine oil plays several important roles in ensuring that these all work together properly.
So what function does the oil perform in an engine?
– Oil is a lubricant. Oil reduces friction and wear that occurs when parts move against each other, for example between the cylinder liner and piston ring, or the camshaft.
– Assists in heat dispersion. Engine oil absorbs the heat produced in the engine combustion chambers and piston under crown area, cooling the engine and helping to prevent overheating.
– As a sealant. Motor oil seals the space between the piston ring and the cylinder liner to prevent combustion pressure and engine power from escaping.
– Oil is also a detergent and rust inhibitor. It neutralises acids produced by combustion gases, preventing rusting, corrosion and damage to essential components.
Easy to follow tips:
- Engine oil level should be regularly checked regardless of vehicle age.
- Only top up oil with correct grade as specified by manufacturer.
- When topping up oil do not exceed the maximum recommend level. As this can cause severe engine damage
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