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VirtuousWolf 06-15-2012 10:26 PM

Sludge with Video!!
 
Hi everyone, I just wanted to make sure this is normal for our cars. I have just had a bad feeling ever since I took my car to a non euro/bmw place for an oil change (was living in the dorms otherwise I would have done it myself).

So tonight I decided I would take my oil cap off and take a little look.

2006 BMW 330i, 83k miles, Auto, moly whatever was used at the last oil change. Around 6k miles ago, I will be getting an oil change soon.

Does this look normal?? Thanks everyone, I know a little smoke is normal, is was more concerned about the sludgey looking stuff. :eek:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXr8UpbVvf0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLo4srrmLwo

tturedraider 06-15-2012 10:57 PM

You're in good shape. No sludge there. Do always use BMW 5W-30 no matter who does the oil change. Alderson only charges about $90 for an oil change. Not a bad price for a dealership.

DSXMachina 06-16-2012 12:08 AM

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Originally Posted by VirtuousWolf (Post 6898279)
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Does this look normal?? Thanks everyone, I know a little smoke is normal, is was more concerned about the sludgey looking stuff. :eek:

It's within the normal range. An engine with more frequent oil changes and not used for short trips would look almost brand new inside the valve cover. More stop and go would result in more varnish as would less frequent oil changes.

You don't have any 'sludge'. I see nothing there which would indicate a problem. The crud deposit on the inside of the oil filler cap is due to the cap being the coolest part of the engine during shut off and therefore it tends to condense vapors.

smassey321 06-16-2012 04:48 AM

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Looks close to normal to me. Here is my 330i with factory changes once per year. I have almost 70k miles now.

Cisco661 06-16-2012 05:08 AM

hmm. interesting. im going to check mine out. will post pics soon. i too have a 330i and with 67k miles.:thumbup:

Zooks527 06-16-2012 08:29 AM

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Originally Posted by DSXMachina (Post 6898349)
It's within the normal range. An engine with more frequent oil changes and not used for short trips would look almost brand new inside the valve cover. More stop and go would result in more varnish as would less frequent oil changes.

Yup. 75k highway miles with 7500 mile changes, and mine looks about the same as the day it was delivered.

It only gets BMW synthetic. You can pick it up at the dealer, or occasionally get a great deal at a group meeting of other BMW owners, none of whom apparently change their own oil. The deal may be even better if Professor Cook isn't bidding you up. ;)

VirtuousWolf 06-16-2012 10:47 AM

Thank you all so much, I ordered a kit online to change the oil next weekend :)

So you guys don't think an engine flush is required?

Thank you!

tturedraider 06-16-2012 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by VirtuousWolf (Post 6898876)
Thank you all so much, I ordered a kit online to change the oil next weekend :)

So you guys don't think an engine flush is required?

Thank you!

No.

VirtuousWolf 06-16-2012 12:02 PM

Thanks tturaider, oh and I'm in south texas right now for the summer, instead of Lubbock, yay 115 heat!

DSXMachina 06-16-2012 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by tturedraider (Post 6898897)
No.

:thumbup: +!

Never. Unless some disaster has befallen your engine..

DSXMachina 06-16-2012 12:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Zooks527 (Post 6898708)
Yup. 75k highway miles with 7500 mile changes, and mine looks about the same as the day it was delivered.

It only gets BMW synthetic. You can pick it up at the dealer, or occasionally get a great deal at a group meeting of other BMW owners, none of whom apparently change their own oil. The deal may be even better if Professor Cook isn't bidding you up. ;)

Zooks, you still paid way under wholesale price for that oil!:p
(Thanks Prof!)

CALWATERBOY 06-16-2012 12:22 PM

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Originally Posted by VirtuousWolf (Post 6898279)
Does this look normal?? Thanks everyone, I know a little smoke is normal, is was more concerned about the sludgey looking stuff.

Tailpipe smoke, not water vapor?

Zooks527 06-16-2012 12:25 PM

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Originally Posted by DSXMachina (Post 6898981)
Zooks, you still paid way under wholesale price for that oil!:p
(Thanks Prof!)

And for a good cause !

I remain stunned that in a collection of +/- 20 BMW drivers, I was the only one interested in it. I was prepared for a bidding war. Ultimately got into a minor one over one of the girly items.

Nordic_Kat 06-16-2012 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Zooks527 (Post 6898990)
And for a good cause !

I remain stunned that in a collection of +/- 20 BMW drivers, I was the only one interested in it. I was prepared for a bidding war. Ultimately got into a minor one over one of the girly items.

Not necessarily so, I just knew it couldn't go in carry on luggage. :p

tturedraider 06-16-2012 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by VirtuousWolf (Post 6898957)
Thanks tturaider, oh and I'm in south texas right now for the summer, instead of Lubbock, yay 115 heat!

Yeah, at least in Lubbock there's low humidity. You should stay at Tech for the summer and take a nice, easy class in summer school. And spend the rest of the day at the Rec Center pool. It's 86 right now here across the street from lake Michigan in Chicago. I'm going down to the beach in a little while. :thumbup:

Zooks527 06-16-2012 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Nordic_Kat (Post 6899157)
Not necessarily so, I just knew it couldn't go in carry on luggage. :p

Another reason to drive to the next one!

Bemo 06-16-2012 07:35 PM

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Originally Posted by DSXMachina (Post 6898981)
Zooks, you still paid way under wholesale price for that oil!:p
(Thanks Prof!)

Bull...you know you hosed the Ford fella. I actually can't decide which was more insulting, the Lexus bag, or the final bid price for the synthetic. Good thing it's it was all for a good cause. :p

About a month ago I got a great spring special oil change at the dealer, 79.99

Cisco661 06-16-2012 08:42 PM

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took a pic of mine today. im at 67k on my 330i.

Zooks527 06-17-2012 03:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Bemo (Post 6899613)
Bull...you know you hosed the Ford fella. I actually can't decide which was more insulting, the Lexus bag, or the final bid price for the synthetic. Good thing it's it was all for a good cause. :p

Nah, $80 for 12 quarts is $6.67 / quart for BMW synthetic. Good cause or not, that's less than I pay at either the dealer or online, and doesn't include a cut for the state or UPS on top of it. If you know where it's regularly available cheaper, I'd love to know!

And I thought the Lexus award was totally in keeping with the event. I have it posted in my office next to my ED plate.

But, but, being referred to as "the Ford fella", that just cuts to the quick! :cry:

33beto 06-19-2012 09:32 PM

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Originally Posted by smassey321 (Post 6898452)
Looks close to normal to me. Here is my 330i with factory changes once per year. I have almost 70k miles now.

Common now. thats photoshoped!

///M-ratedE90 06-20-2012 04:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Zooks527 (Post 6898990)
And for a good cause !

I remain stunned that in a collection of +/- 20 BMW drivers, I was the only one interested in it. I was prepared for a bidding war. Ultimately got into a minor one over one of the girly items.

I can't believe DSX deliberately excluded me from that item by bringing the wrong oil. Just another example of the daily insult and prejudice faced by M3 drivers.

Here is a picture of the auctioneer:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7072/7...f38336fe32.jpg

ProfessorCook 06-21-2012 06:03 PM

I would have bought the oil, but I had just purchased a case of it myself and figured it'd be a while before I got through the case I have to get to the new one.

The auction was a riot.

335i Driver 06-23-2012 07:49 AM

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Originally Posted by tturedraider (Post 6899342)
Yeah, at least in Lubbock there's low humidity. You should stay at Tech for the summer and take a nice, easy class in summer school. And spend the rest of the day at the Rec Center pool. It's 86 right now here across the street from lake Michigan in Chicago. I'm going down to the beach in a little while. :thumbup:

And eat lunch outside at one of the many bar & grills around Lincoln Park. Great place to spend the summer, but you won't so happy when winter rolls around.


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