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Premature oil breakdown?

How can you tell if you need to change your oil even before your odometer tells you to do so? When you check your oil naturally you look to see if it is dirty but oil can look clean and still need to be changed. Fuel or moisture content in the oil will break down oil prematurely without really changing in color. First off smell the oil, if it smells burnt or smells like gasoline it has been contaminated and it's lubricating value may have been compromised. Finally rub the oil between your index finger and your thumb. If it feels gritty or you can feel your fingers the oil has lost its lubricating value and should be changed. You will get better fuel economy and prolong engine life.

posted by starwarrior on August 12, 2011

this tip works for 64% of voting Fuelly members.

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