There are a number different direct and indirect causes for oil pressure problems. Everything from incorrect set up to incorrect installation can create an oil pressure issue. There are even situations that can cause oil pressure drops despite the correct parts selection and flawless execution. In these cases a Dry sump system or even an Oil Accumulator such as the Accusump can prevent catastrophic engine failure.
Windage a very commonly misunderstood occurrence in an engine. With a good understanding of what it is you can negate its effects and improve the performance and longevity of your engine...
As with many things there is a balance that needs to be achieved when it comes to your oil level. We have found that there are two common misconceptions when it comes to oil level. The first misconception is that the more oil the better because you don't want to risk starving your engine. The second misconception is that the lower the oil level the better because you don't want windage in the crankcase that will rob you of power. While both of these concepts are correct, carrying them out to the extreme by just raising and lowering the oil level in a stock oil pan is wrong. This thinking can actual cause more problems then it is supposed to solve.
A lot of people assume that an oil pan is just an oil pan. The assumption is that it holds oil and that’s it. Simple and cheap is the way to go. The only time many people think about their oil pan is when it is time for engine maintenance and they need to drain the oil. However, for the more dedicated of auto enthusiasts an oil pan and subsequently an entire oiling system can be a matter of engine life and death. Many enthusiasts know that there are 3 types of basic oiling systems. (Click here to read that blog). Beyond the types of oiling systems there are specifics about how to set them up. With many different types and options for oiling systems we could go on for days. However, here we are just going to focus on the two most common materials used for oil pans.
The oiling system is one of the most important parts of an engine. Yet it is one of the most neglected and misunderstood.....Until a catastrophic failure occurs. If you are part of the latter then we are sorry for your loss and are here to help make sure it doesn't happen again. If you are ahead of the curve and addressing your oiling system before failure. Congratulations! You have made a great choice.
Topics: Oil Pans