Sludge in Oil Cap.. What does it look like?

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Old 27 Oct 2003, 06:25 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sludge in Oil Cap.. What does it look like?

I opened the oil filler cap in my 2002 Camry LE V6 today and noticed some
black stuff around the oil cap (very minimal). It was not tar like at all
but almost looked like dried chocolate. I have been changing the oil every
4,000 KM and at 16,000 KM, I switched to Mobil 1 5W30 year round and now
change the oil every 6,500 KM.

Is what I am looking at Sludge or is it just light varnish that is not a
problem?

Thanks,


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Old 27 Oct 2003, 07:13 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Car Guy" <nothing@something.com> wrote in message
news:IHinb.2087$Nm6.118051@news20.bellglobal.com.. .
> I opened the oil filler cap in my 2002 Camry LE V6 today and noticed some
> black stuff around the oil cap (very minimal). It was not tar like at all
> but almost looked like dried chocolate. I have been changing the oil

every
> 4,000 KM and at 16,000 KM, I switched to Mobil 1 5W30 year round and now
> change the oil every 6,500 KM.
>
> Is what I am looking at Sludge or is it just light varnish that is not a
> problem?
>
> Thanks,
>

I have seen that also on the splash guard (just underneath the oil filler
cap) of my 98 Camry V6 using Mobil 1, and it is not a problem. I am not sure
what the splash guard material is made of, and whether that is a
contributing factor to the build-up, but it has nothing to do with operation
of engine. If the valve cover where removed and the "dried chocolate" was
found everywhere, it would be a problem, but I don't think that is the case.


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Old 27 Oct 2003, 07:34 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Mark. I figured it was nothing to worry about since I have been very
particular with all my oil changes and the LONGEST I have gone before
changing the oil and filter is about 6,800 KM or 4,216 miles. I also use
the Nippon Denso Japanese built oil filter and get the oil changed at the
same dealership since new. The vehicle now has 42,800 KM (26,536 miles) and
runs just fine.

"Mark A" <ma@switchboard.net> wrote in message
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> "Car Guy" <nothing@something.com> wrote in message
> news:IHinb.2087$Nm6.118051@news20.bellglobal.com.. .
> > I opened the oil filler cap in my 2002 Camry LE V6 today and noticed

some
> > black stuff around the oil cap (very minimal). It was not tar like at

all
> > but almost looked like dried chocolate. I have been changing the oil

> every
> > 4,000 KM and at 16,000 KM, I switched to Mobil 1 5W30 year round and now
> > change the oil every 6,500 KM.
> >
> > Is what I am looking at Sludge or is it just light varnish that is not a
> > problem?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >

> I have seen that also on the splash guard (just underneath the oil filler
> cap) of my 98 Camry V6 using Mobil 1, and it is not a problem. I am not

sure
> what the splash guard material is made of, and whether that is a
> contributing factor to the build-up, but it has nothing to do with

operation
> of engine. If the valve cover where removed and the "dried chocolate" was
> found everywhere, it would be a problem, but I don't think that is the

case.
>
>



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Old 28 Oct 2003, 10:57 am   #4 (permalink)
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A result of condensation.
LS


"Car Guy" <nothing@something.com> wrote in message
news:IHinb.2087$Nm6.118051@news20.bellglobal.com.. .
> I opened the oil filler cap in my 2002 Camry LE V6 today and noticed some
> black stuff around the oil cap (very minimal). It was not tar like at all
> but almost looked like dried chocolate. I have been changing the oil

every
> 4,000 KM and at 16,000 KM, I switched to Mobil 1 5W30 year round and now
> change the oil every 6,500 KM.
>
> Is what I am looking at Sludge or is it just light varnish that is not a
> problem?
>
> Thanks,
>
>



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Old 28 Oct 2003, 04:26 pm   #5 (permalink)
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It is consider normal for this engine. Nothing to worry about.


"Car Guy" <nothing@something.com> wrote in message news:<IHinb.2087$Nm6.118051@news20.bellglobal.com> ...
> I opened the oil filler cap in my 2002 Camry LE V6 today and noticed some
> black stuff around the oil cap (very minimal). It was not tar like at all
> but almost looked like dried chocolate. I have been changing the oil every
> 4,000 KM and at 16,000 KM, I switched to Mobil 1 5W30 year round and now
> change the oil every 6,500 KM.
>
> Is what I am looking at Sludge or is it just light varnish that is not a
> problem?
>
> Thanks,

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Old 28 Oct 2003, 06:06 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Why do you say light sludge under the oil filler cap is "normal for
this engine" while such would be a cause for concern in other
engines?
--

~~Philip "Never let school interfere
with your education - Mark Twain"

>In news:6de7f155.0310281426.3d66b9da@posting.google.c om,
>JW <buywheels@hotmail.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
> It is consider normal for this engine. Nothing to worry about.
>
>
> "Car Guy" <nothing@something.com> wrote in message
> news:<IHinb.2087$Nm6.118051@news20.bellglobal.com> ...
> > I opened the oil filler cap in my 2002 Camry LE V6 today and
> > noticed some black stuff around the oil cap (very minimal). It
> > was not tar like at all but almost looked like dried chocolate.
> > I have been changing the oil every 4,000 KM and at 16,000 KM, I
> > switched to Mobil 1 5W30 year round and now change the oil every
> > 6,500 KM.
> >
> > Is what I am looking at Sludge or is it just light varnish that
> > is not a problem?
> >
> > Thanks,




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Old 29 Oct 2003, 11:25 am   #7 (permalink)
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I've got a 2000 Sienna and a 1998 V6 Camry in our household, both have
frequent oil changes and both have tons of miles on them. I saw the
same thin layer of chocolate under the oil cap of both since the
second year. Both have been performed flawlessly. No signs of any
problem. Talked to the mechnic at my local toyota dealership about
what I heard about sludge and he said "they all look like that under
the oil cap"...

I guess this is the norm for this engine ? I don't believe the engines
in my vehicles have any form of sludge.

"Philip " <1chip-state1@earthlink.net.invalid> wrote in message news:<BwDnb.6435$RQ1.2874@newsread3.news.pas.earth link.net>...
> Why do you say light sludge under the oil filler cap is "normal for
> this engine" while such would be a cause for concern in other
> engines?
> --
>
> ~~Philip "Never let school interfere
> with your education - Mark Twain"
>
> >In news:6de7f155.0310281426.3d66b9da@posting.google.c om,
> >JW <buywheels@hotmail.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
> > It is consider normal for this engine. Nothing to worry about.
> >
> >
> > "Car Guy" <nothing@something.com> wrote in message
> > news:<IHinb.2087$Nm6.118051@news20.bellglobal.com> ...
> > > I opened the oil filler cap in my 2002 Camry LE V6 today and
> > > noticed some black stuff around the oil cap (very minimal). It
> > > was not tar like at all but almost looked like dried chocolate.
> > > I have been changing the oil every 4,000 KM and at 16,000 KM, I
> > > switched to Mobil 1 5W30 year round and now change the oil every
> > > 6,500 KM.
> > >
> > > Is what I am looking at Sludge or is it just light varnish that
> > > is not a problem?
> > >
> > > Thanks,

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Old 01 Nov 2003, 08:06 am   #8 (permalink)
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Next time buy an American car.
"JW" <buywheels@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:6de7f155.0310290925.4bf7024c@posting.google.c om...
> I've got a 2000 Sienna and a 1998 V6 Camry in our household, both have
> frequent oil changes and both have tons of miles on them. I saw the
> same thin layer of chocolate under the oil cap of both since the
> second year. Both have been performed flawlessly. No signs of any
> problem. Talked to the mechnic at my local toyota dealership about
> what I heard about sludge and he said "they all look like that under
> the oil cap"...
>
> I guess this is the norm for this engine ? I don't believe the engines
> in my vehicles have any form of sludge.
>
> "Philip " <1chip-state1@earthlink.net.invalid> wrote in message

news:<BwDnb.6435$RQ1.2874@newsread3.news.pas.earth link.net>...
> > Why do you say light sludge under the oil filler cap is "normal for
> > this engine" while such would be a cause for concern in other
> > engines?
> > --
> >
> > ~~Philip "Never let school interfere
> > with your education - Mark Twain"
> >
> > >In news:6de7f155.0310281426.3d66b9da@posting.google.c om,
> > >JW <buywheels@hotmail.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
> > > It is consider normal for this engine. Nothing to worry about.
> > >
> > >
> > > "Car Guy" <nothing@something.com> wrote in message
> > > news:<IHinb.2087$Nm6.118051@news20.bellglobal.com> ...
> > > > I opened the oil filler cap in my 2002 Camry LE V6 today and
> > > > noticed some black stuff around the oil cap (very minimal). It
> > > > was not tar like at all but almost looked like dried chocolate.
> > > > I have been changing the oil every 4,000 KM and at 16,000 KM, I
> > > > switched to Mobil 1 5W30 year round and now change the oil every
> > > > 6,500 KM.
> > > >
> > > > Is what I am looking at Sludge or is it just light varnish that
> > > > is not a problem?
> > > >
> > > > Thanks,



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Old 01 Nov 2003, 08:57 am   #9 (permalink)
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I agree, buy American. The engines usually don't last long enough to sludge
up.


"stuart8181" <stuart8181@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Next time buy an American car.
> "JW" <buywheels@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:6de7f155.0310290925.4bf7024c@posting.google.c om...
> > I've got a 2000 Sienna and a 1998 V6 Camry in our household, both have
> > frequent oil changes and both have tons of miles on them. I saw the
> > same thin layer of chocolate under the oil cap of both since the
> > second year. Both have been performed flawlessly. No signs of any
> > problem. Talked to the mechnic at my local toyota dealership about
> > what I heard about sludge and he said "they all look like that under
> > the oil cap"...
> >
> > I guess this is the norm for this engine ? I don't believe the engines
> > in my vehicles have any form of sludge.
> >
> > "Philip " <1chip-state1@earthlink.net.invalid> wrote in message

> news:<BwDnb.6435$RQ1.2874@newsread3.news.pas.earth link.net>...
> > > Why do you say light sludge under the oil filler cap is "normal for
> > > this engine" while such would be a cause for concern in other
> > > engines?
> > > --
> > >
> > > ~~Philip "Never let school interfere
> > > with your education - Mark Twain"
> > >
> > > >In news:6de7f155.0310281426.3d66b9da@posting.google.c om,
> > > >JW <buywheels@hotmail.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
> > > > It is consider normal for this engine. Nothing to worry about.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > "Car Guy" <nothing@something.com> wrote in message
> > > > news:<IHinb.2087$Nm6.118051@news20.bellglobal.com> ...
> > > > > I opened the oil filler cap in my 2002 Camry LE V6 today and
> > > > > noticed some black stuff around the oil cap (very minimal). It
> > > > > was not tar like at all but almost looked like dried chocolate.
> > > > > I have been changing the oil every 4,000 KM and at 16,000 KM, I
> > > > > switched to Mobil 1 5W30 year round and now change the oil every
> > > > > 6,500 KM.
> > > > >
> > > > > Is what I am looking at Sludge or is it just light varnish that
> > > > > is not a problem?
> > > > >
> > > > > Thanks,

>
>



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Old 02 Nov 2003, 12:16 pm   #10 (permalink)
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Boy, now here's a genius statement........from a BB TACO no less!

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> I agree, buy American. The engines usually don't last long enough to

sludge
> up.



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