The Disappearing Engine Oil Problem

When talking about maintaining a car, one thing that probably comes into mind is oil change. As the engine oil is our car’s lifeblood, it is but essential that we put in some time and attention into making sure our vehicles run on clean and enough oil. But what if everytime you take your car for service maintenance and do an oil change, you’ll see that your car was actually running on almost no oil? Or, what if it isn’t time yet for an oil change but you have already topped up your engine oil several times? Now you’ll ask us, is that normal?Being in the cash for cars and car removal Melbourne industry, we do know that for your engine to run properly and last a lifetime, sufficient clean oil is but a must. Howbeit, if you do experience the so-called disappearing oil problem, it is definitely considered a red flag. For many years, our expert vehicle removalists, mechanics, and recycling engineers have worked on many beat-up engines that have suffered mainly because of this disappearing oil problem. Having said that, we want to help car owners and drivers like you to successfully battle this situation. Read on to know more about this common car issue and so you’ll eventually know how to deal with it better.

What exactly is the Disappearing Engine Oil Problem?

According to many car experts, oil consumption is but normal. Hence, the need for checking your oil levels. However, if your car is too low in between oil changes, that is a totally different thing. If your car engine is in tip-top shape and is operating as it should, you shouldn’t be needing to top up your engine oil at least before the schedules oil change. But over time, as your car accumulates miles and as the engine wears, oil consumption naturally increases as well. The oil has its ways to escape your engine; thus the term “disappearing engine oil”. And to give it a more formal term, this common car issue is called excessive oil consumption.

Technically, most of the new engines we use today consume less than half a quart of oil for every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, or every oil change. Some even use up almost no oil. Now the use of a quart of oil for every 1,000 to 1,500 miles is normal and acceptable for older vehicles with a higher mileage. But if you’d notice that it already uses up more than one quart and in less than 1,000 miles, that is a clear sign of impending engine trouble.

If your car is consuming too much oil, you might have already seen these warning signs:

  • Blue smoke coming from your exhaust
  • ZERO trace of smoke from the exhaust
  • Your coolant is brown and foamy
  • You constantly see oil puddles and drips under your car

Causes of excessive oil consumption

In a nutshell, there is too much consumption of oil because your engine is generally isn’t in good working condition. You most probably have missed or neglected one or more engine problems and so it has escalated into a bigger problem such as this. But to be more specific, increased oil consumption occurs because of these reasons:

  • Continuous use of poor quality (and mixed quality) oils
  • Excessive wear of piston assembly and rings
  • Losing oil rings’ mobility
  • Oil leaks all over the engine
  • Defective valve stem seals/guides
  • Oil is released into the exhaust pipe through the turbine
  • Oil is released into the cooling system
  • Too much oil in the crankcase / defective crankcase ventilation
  • High engine vacuum
  • Worn timing gears
  • Oil pressure is too high
  • Lugging engine – when engine is running at low RPM and more power and torque is needed causing stress loading on the piston and eventually causing more oil consumption
  • Engine Age

Consequences of Running on Very Low Oil Levels

Regardless if you have no idea or you simply delayed addressing the issue, once you decide to continue to use your car even if you’re low on oil, your car’s engine puts more ‘extra stress’ on that oil you have left. Most of the engine component will be badly affected.

Moreover, if your oil level is at the minimum because your car is burning too much oil, you are about to face more problems than you might actually think. Carbon deposits may form in the combustion chamber and in your valves. These accumulated carbon deposits will lessen the airflow into the cylinder, eventually resulting into power loss and overall, significantly poor engine performance.

What Should Be Done

In conclusion, when you already notice that your car is already experiencing the disappearing oil problem, don’t wait ‘till tomorrow. Address it immediately to avoid escalation of engine problems. Since excessive oil consumption is caused by many possible things. We suggest that you get help from your trusted auto mechanic so you can really get to the bottom of it. And once you have pinpointed exactly where the problem is coming from. Fix and replace all the parts or components that need repairing and replacement. And after replacing those parts. To ensure the protection of your internal combustion engine. It is always recommended to flush out all the used engine oil and replace it with a top quality one.

If all these expert tips and advices on the disappearing engine oil problem still doesn’t cut it, you might want to consider the fact that your car may already be at the very last leg of its useful life. And when you finally realise that it’s just about time that you let go of this old and beat up car, get help from Rapid Car Removal. As we have been providing fast and free junk car removal services for more than two decades, we are also reputable for providing top cash for your cars regardless of their make, model, and condition. Call us today!

The 7 Deadly Driver Distractions

Today, our lives are more complicated than they were decades ago. People now seem a lot busier than ever. On a daily basis, we constantly rush everywhere and it’s as if we need to get more things done in the fastest way possible. With those everyday pressures and stresses, we have developed the so-called “multi-tasking culture”. We are so used to juggling our personal, career, and family lives every single day that we can’t even help but to practise that kind of culture or behavior even when we’re behind the wheel.

For the last two decades that Rapid Car Removal has been a trusted cash for cars and car removal company, we have (technically) witnessed all the bad and worst cases of car crashes and road accidents. Sadly, most, if not all of them, are due to human error. While alcoholism and intoxication still remains to be the top cause of these accidents, it is recently proven that driver inattention slowly becomes a strong contender.

Unsurprisingly, because we are getting used to this fast-paced multi-tasking culture, we tend to forget one of the first and most important lessons we have learned as we started driving: Keep our eyes on the road AND our hands on the wheel. Now some may say that they are already ‘experts’ in doing driving and other things at the same time, but they still couldn’t deny the fact that even so, it wouldn’t lessen their chances of getting into an accident. It puts them at risk even more.

So here, we ought to provide (and warn) you of the top 7 driver distractions that are causing many of the vehicular accidents today:

Mobile Phones

We know you’ve guessed this one on list, right? Unfortunately, even if all drivers are aware of the fact that using mobile phones during driving is extremely dangerous, they still couldn’t resist doing so. Sure, there are Bluetooth and other technologies we use to make navigation, texting and calling less distracting, but drivers still seem to hold and use their mobile phones for other apps like social media, games, and even doing selfies with your camera. Thus, not only Australia, but many countries all over the world continue to create and implement laws on the mere use of mobile phones while you are behind the wheel.

Eating and Drinking

Let’s admit it, driving and going on road trips is much fun with some snacks. Although it doesn’t require much of our cognitive skills or most of our focus when we stuff our mouths with some food or drinks, there are still some instances when it could become dangerous, such as: when your kid asks to open some bag of chips or bottle of drink; when you spill that scalding hot coffee all over your pants; when the ketchup or mustard suddenly drips all over your nice shirt; or when that greasy food forces you to drive with only hand or even just a few of your fingers. Those are the times when driving gets a bit more risky.

Kids and Pets

It is never EVER easy driving with your kids and pets inside the car. Not only is it messy, but it’s a total chaos. Our little kids and our furry friends require special attention. While driving is also risky for them, all the more it is for us, drivers. When the kids squabble, yap, and cry you can never put 100% of your attention in driving. So if possible, bring an extra adult to supervise the kids while you’re on the wheel. But if you really have no choice, make sure to put them in car seats.

Grooming & Vanity-attacks

Ladies, how many of you are just too guilty of this – putting on makeup, fixing your hair, and checking yourself out every other minute in that cute little mirror on your visor? No matter how hard you try to deny it, all these make you distracted from the task at hand: driving. If you really must arrive at your destination all dolled-up and you really have to do it in your car, pull over and stop for just a few minutes to do all that.

Cool Entertainment systems

Gone were the days when we simply get inside our car, turn on the radio to our favorite station, and then enjoy our drive. With all the amazing entertainment systems and audio video technologies available, instead of focusing on driving, we can’t help but fiddle with our awesome LED screens, searching for our favorite songs and playlists on our MP3, and even watching nice music videos on our DVD players. While it’s really nice to have our cars pimped out with these cool gizmos, we have to know when to draw the line between driving and enjoying them.

Billboards and Passers-by

Billboards are there to catch the attention of consumers while they are on the road. While they seem the perfect pastime whenever you’re in a bumper-to-bumper traffic, they are proven distractions while you are actively driving. Moreover, in a survey done by Allianz, 51% of male drivers confessed that they are most likely to be distracted by seeing a hot and attractive pedestrian passing by. While there is nothing wrong with appreciating beauty (human, nature, and others), we still have to remind ourselves to leave that for later and not do it while we’re passengers, not drivers.

Daydreams

There are some people who say that driving (esp on long distances) helps them enjoy a moment of solitude to clear their minds. That could really be true. On the other hand, this could also be dangerous distraction as we might get too caught up in thinking about something. Have you ever experienced missing your highway exit just because you’re thinking about something? Exactly. If we unconsciously let our minds slip away, we might just lose our concentration to handle our current task of navigating and steering the wheel.

 

New drunk drivers are those distracted while driving base on studies. Even though they are different in scale and nature, engaging ourselves to these 7 deadly distractions really have bad effects in driving: it will reduce our ability to adapt to current traffic conditions; you’ll find it harder to maneuver and control your vehicle; it will reduce your eye movement; and it’ll increase your time to respond and react to unexpected road hazards.

As Melbourne’s leading car buyers, we are here not to scold you or tell you that multitasking is bad. We simply want to remind you and reiterate the impact of these to driving (and riding) safety. It is one thing to get in an accident; but it’s another to meet an accident and have your car wrecked just because it was your fault. You don’t want that.