Innovations in the technology required for efficient fuel consumption, has created the need for new oil or lubricant products to eliminate undesirable debris that collect in combustion engines, during the course of the operations. The practice of engine flushing has gained momentum in the past few years owing to widespread adulteration of conventional fuels such as diesel.
Vehicle owners need to service their automobiles regularly with the correct use of engine flush products. Engine flush oils have been designed with the aim of enhancing the performance of the engine, extending the overall life of the vehicle and noticeably reducing the carbon footprint of conventional combustion engines, which are largely responsible for the continual usage in the automobile production sector.
As per a recent study by Future Market Insights on the global engine flush market, engine flush products and services will witness moderate demand in the near future. Furthermore, semi-synthetic oils will be one of the most popularly used products for engine flushes.
This can be attributed to the longer lubricant action and enhanced viscosity of semi-synthetic oil products, which is crucial to get rid of stubborn debris from the engines. On the other hand, low prices of semi-synthetic engine oils reduce economic feasibility for manufacturers, which is anticipated to push a shift towards the adoption of completely synthetic oils instead.
Environment Concerns Drive the Use of Non-Solvent Engine Flushes
With growing concerns about environment pollution, and bio-magnification of synthetic materials across the globe, manufacturers have been increasingly developing engine flush product formulations comprising ingredients that are non-toxic, and non-solvent nature.
For example, Bardahl has introduced a range of engine flush products that are designed to eliminate hazards to the vehicle and human health. These products contain controlled action detergents for the effective dissolving action on unwanted debris for immediate improvement on the performance of the automobile. In addition, the engine flush also does not comprise any solvents, is completely non-flammable, non-toxic, and has been tested to be eco-friendly.
PAMA Dispersant Finds Application in Cleaning Soot from Cooled EGR Engines
In vehicles that make use of exhaust gas recirculation, soot is one of the primary constituents of the debris found in engine components, after cooling, owing to the operations of such engine which force back some portion of the exhaust gas back to the engine cylinders. Unlike other materials, soot is difficult to clean out by traditional engine flush products, and has been a challenge for manufacturers.
However, a recent experimental SAE 15W-40 Heavy Duty Diesel Oils (HDDO), has made use of PAMA ingredients in mixed lubricants, and has been observed to provide a positive impact on this issue through improvements in viscosity to capture soot particles more effectively.
Modern Engine Designs Restrict the Application of Engine Flushes
Although cleaning engines of their gunk through engine flushes has long been considered to be a good practice. Manufacturers of modern engine assemblies advise against the use of engine flushes on newer vehicles. For example, a spokesperson for Honda stated that every engine prepared by their company goes through exhaustive testing processes, for the development of purpose-specific products for engine maintenance and updated service standards.
The company advises against the practice of engine flushing for newer vehicle models, unless the user has failed to carry out regular oil change procedures. In fact, engine flushes are anticipated to cause harm to newer vehicles. Moreover, damage resulting to the engine from such engine flushes, are usually not covered by a manufacturer’s warranty, even if the procedure is carried out by an authorized professional. Such recommendations by automobile companies are anticipated to restrict the growth of the engine flushes market in the near future.
Moreover, the increasing proliferation of vehicles powered by alternative fuels such as electricity are also anticipated to have a detrimental effect on the growth of engine flush product and service providers.
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