NOTICING A DIFFERENT MILKY COLOR IN YOUR OIL? HERE'S WHY
Oil is crucial for any motor vehicle. Not only it reduces friction between engine components, but it also cools, cleans, and protects metals from air, water, and gas – all the substances that cause corrosion.
New engine oil typically appears golden brown, although other types of oil appear yellow, red, and even blue. One thing for sure, no new oil appears black, which is the color of used oil. If you recently purchased an oil product of this color, you should be suspicious of its origin.
New oil also does not appear white. If you notice your oil has turned milky white, that means there is a problem in the engine chamber. While black oil is usually caused by the accumulation of dirt in the oil, white indicates that the oil has been mixing with water.
There are several ways for water to soak into the oil. You may have driven your vehicle through flood, whereby water then makes its way into the engine room. There may also be leakages in the packing head, oil cooler, or oil filter, or the rubber ventilation hole has experienced wear and no longer works.
Whatever the cause, remember the following tips whenever you see milky white oil:
- Do not start the engine
Water in oil compromises the oil’s lubrication performance and cleansing properties. Without proper lubrication, you may cause further damage if you force to ride the motorbike.
- Immediately replace the oil.
Do oil replacement as quickly as possible. You even need to do the replacement multiple times to make sure there is no water left.
- Check for leakages
If you don’t remember ever riding through flood, the next best guess is that there is a leakage in or around the engine that allows water to enter. Check the engine thoroughly to identify the problem.
- Take your motorbike to the auto shop
Have a mechanic from your trusted or authorized shop checked your motorbike, especially if the oil’s color change is followed with engine noises when started. It is possible that your motorbike needs engine overhaul.