Fuel Dilution

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Fuel in the oil reduces the oil’s life expectancy and effectiveness .Because diesel fuel is a natural solvent, fuel dilution in motor oil causes a decrease in viscosity which may lead to an increase in engine wear. The following can occur if fuel enters the crankcase and contaminates the oil: The most notable concern with increased fuel contamination is reduced viscosity and the effect it has on oil performance. Fuel dilution of motor oil can be very detrimental to an engine and its Components . Under normal operation, the motor oil film is keeping metal surfaces and their asperities separated to prevent wear.

An internal combustion engine would not run for even a few minutes if the moving parts were allowed to make metal-to-metal contact. The heat generated due to the tremendous amounts of friction would melt the metals, leading to the destruction of the engine. To prevent this, all moving parts ride on a thin film of oil that is pumped between all the moving parts of the engine. Once between the moving parts, the oil serves two purposes.

One purpose is to lubricate the bearing surfaces. The other purpose is to cool the bearings by absorbing the friction generated heat. The flow of oil to the moving parts is accomplished by the engine's internal lubricating system. Oil is accumulated and stored in the engine's oil pan where one or more oil pumps take suction and pump the oil through one or more oil filters. The filters clean the oil and remove any metal that the oil has picked up due to wear. The cleaned oil then flows up into the engine's oil galleries. Pressure relief valve(s) maintains oil pressure in the galleries and returns oil to the oil pan upon high pressure. The oil galleries distribute the oil to all the bearing surfaces in the engine.

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