Saturday, March 31, 2018

The mysterious case of engine oil thinning (AKA oil sheering)

If you're someone who rides at high RPM and have a vehicle which's capable of going to high RPMs (6000+) your engine oil might be subject to a phenomenon called oil sheering which thins down your engine oil and makes it's grade lower. Bad quality engine oil means more sheering.

So it's better to check your engine oil for quality. Now question is what to check? Feel the viscosity of the engine oil on your fingers, and if it does not feel oily (and feels more watery), the engine oil is subjected to sheering and has thinned down.

For other aspects, the engine oil might be ok -- it wont smell burnt, will not leave a soot when you rub it and of course will not be excessively thick; but regardless, if it has thinned this much, it's time for a change, and next time switch to fully synthetic engine oil since engine oils must not thin like this at all.

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