Symptoms of a Clogged Oil Filter

It’s important to have the oil changed every 3,000 miles so the oil filter can be changed, too. A clogged and dirty oil filter will affect your vehicle’s performance and has the potential to damage the engine. East Coast EuroWerks can change the oil in your European automobile when it needs it. Failure to change the oil may result in a clogged oil filter and the following problems.

Poor Engine Performance

One of the things you might notice with a clogged oil filter is poor engine performance. Your European automobile’s engine may sputter and lag when you try to accelerate because you have dirty oil circulating through the engine. This oil deposits grime onto the engine’s parts. The grime can directly affect how efficiently your European automobile’s engine runs.

Reduction in Fuel Economy

Unfortunately, when the engine is not running efficiently there is a noticeable reduction in the vehicle’s fuel economy. This is because the engine will actually use more fuel even though it is struggling to run. Keeping the oil and oil filter clean can help improve your fuel economy, as can ensuring you always have clean air and fuel filters in your European automobile.

Audible Grinding or Clanking

If your engine is making clanking or grinding sounds, stop driving the vehicle. This is a sign that the oil filter can no longer allow oil to run through it because it is so clogged. Unfortunately, there is no oil circulating through the engine, and, as such, the parts are wearing against each other. If you continue to drive your European automobile, you will damage the engine.

Reduction in Oil Pressure

An oil filter that is clogged will also cause a reduction in your European automobile’s oil pressure. Unfortunately, this means you may not have as much oil circulating through the engine as you normally have. This, too, can damage the engine. Motor oil is so crucial to the engine’s health that an engine without motor oil will seize up in 30 minutes.

Exhaust Stuffed With Hydrocarbons

Finally, if you have dirty motor oil circulating through the engine, you have a dirty engine. As such, your engine will release exhaust that is filled with hydrocarbons. This can create problems if you need your car, truck, or utility vehicle to pass an emissions test. The vehicle will likely fail the test until you get an oil change and a new oil filter.

Call East Coast EuroWerks in Wilmington, NC, today to schedule an oil change for your European automobile if it has been more than 3,000 miles since the last oil change.

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