These Are the Bad Effects of Engine Oil Mixed with Water, Get Ready for an Overhaul!

DAPURPACU – In the rainy season like this, puddles or even floods are the worst enemies for vehicles. Especially for motorbikes with short stature.

This aspect makes motorbikes very vulnerable to water ingress if they are desperate to cross floods, exceeding the safe limit, namely the air filter which is positioned below.

The reason is, such actions can cause water to enter through the cracks in the engine. Which means, the water will mix with engine oil and potentially damage the components in it.

“The condition of oil mixed with water makes its lubricating power not optimal,” said Brahma Putra Mahayana, Technical Specialist at PT Pertamina Lubricants.

The effect of bypassing the flood could be that water enters the engine room, as evidenced by the presence of water droplets in the engine oil.

“While components in the engine such as pistons, crankshaft, camshaft and others require perfect lubrication,” he added, in an official broadcast, Thursday (1/12).

Brahma explained, the impact of the entry of water into the engine room made friction between metal components unavoidable.

“In other words, all the components will be damaged because they rub against each other. Oil that has been mixed with water will lose its lubricating function, and if left unchecked, of course, over time it will definitely damage the components in the engine,” he said.

Oil Deposits Cause Engine Damage

Engine oil mixed with water can cause deposits which can clog the oil channels. If this were the case, the engine would be seriously damaged. The only way is to overhaul (get off the engine).

Also check the condition of the oil via the dipstick after you pass through a puddle or flood.

“If it’s like this, you have to get the engine down (overhaul). After that, the oil deposits can be removed and the vehicle owner must replace the damaged component,” he explained.

In addition, water which has acidic properties is also dangerous for the internal parts of the engine. Mentioned, corrosion of engine components can occur due to the presence of water.

For this reason, continued Brahma, it is better to immediately drain the engine oil after crossing a high puddle, aka flooding. To be sure, check the condition of the oil through the dipstick.

“If there is foam, it is likely that water has entered the engine. It will be more obvious when the oil that is removed is colored like coffee milk. This is a sign that the oil has been contaminated,” he explained later.

Even changing the oil should be done several times, to make sure there is no water in the combustion chamber and the color of the oil is like new.

Brahma advised to change the oil that has entered water at least twice. This is to ensure that there is no more water in the engine and that the new oil will have maximum lubrication function.

Problems caused by passing floods are not only the components on the engine, it can spread to other parts such as the transmission, especially for automatic motorbikes.

In fact, the transmission oil in the automatic motorbike is prone to being mixed with water if you are desperate to cross puddles or floods, considering that the drive wheels come from the CVT area.

“If it gets damaged, then more costs must be prepared for repairs. For other effects, the oil mixed with water makes the engine performance feel heavy and the engine heats up quickly,” concluded Brahma. [dp/MTH]

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