FAQ - Spin-Clean
Yes! Engine manufacturers install full-flow filters on their engines and these full-flow filters, by design, only remove particles down to 20 - 25 microns. As a result, all the smaller particles are allowed to accumulate in your oil, forming a coarse lapping compound which causes accelerated engine wear and shorter engine life. The Spin-Clean Oil Cleaning Centrifuge removes particles below one micron, significantly decreasing oil changes, and reducing engine wear by a minimum of 50%.
The Micron is a unit of length equal to one-millionth of a meter or 0.000039 inch. Twenty five microns equal approximately 0.001 inch. A human being with 20-20 vision cannot physically see particles below 40 Microns.
The addition of a by-pass oil-cleaning centrifuge, properly sized for your engine, will remove the dense wear abrasives from the oil down to less than one micron. This will reduce engine wear a minimum of 50%. The properly sized centrifuge recommended for your engine will not use more than 10% of the engine oil pump output. (10% is the acceptable measure by engine manufactures for by-pass (side stream) oil cleaning.) As a general rule, the engine manufactures size their engine oil pumps to produce sufficient oil volume to adequately lubricate the engine at its lowest operating RPM then they add 30% to 40% additional capacity. The 10% taken to supply the Centrifuge does not negatively impact the oil demanded by the engine.
The lube oil cleaning Centrifuge removes the solids from the engine oil using centrifugal force, a force of 1000 "G's", or 1000 times the force of gravity. These solids are stored inside of the rotating turbine bowl, which will hold 4-5 times more than your engines full-flow filters. The act of exposing the oil to 1000 "G's" is what results in micron removal less than one. Once the particles have been removed the clean oil is then returned to the oil pan. The benefits of this entire process are drastically reduced engine wear, sludge build-up, and acid formation.
It is our recommendation that the centrifuge be serviced at your normal oil and/or filter change interval.
Engine lube oil consists of two basic parts, BASE Oil (base stock) and ADDATIVE Package. The base stock is the primary lubricant and can be petroleum base or synthetic base. The additives are blended, in liquid form, into the base stock. The additive package performs four basic functions: A detergent to clean engine internals and prevent formation of sludge, dispersants that surround a solid particle when it hits the oil preventing sludge formation, an alkalinity additive to neutralize acids, anti wear and corrosion inhibitors. It is natural for these additives to be consumed in normal engine operation. The condemning limits for the various additives are known by the engine manufacture and the oil analysis companies. This information can be provided by them upon request.
The oil cleaning centrifuge is very helpful to the additive package. With its excellent solids removal rate the detergent in the lube oil lasts longer. Since these solids are removed by the Centrifuge they are no longer needed to be washed by the detergent. As a result of removing the solids from the oil this allows the dispersant to quickly surround a solid when it hits the oil. The additive package is blended into the lube oil, in solution form. The Spin-Clean Centrifuge will not separate solutions or remove additive from the lube oil.
Excessive fuel dilution within an engine can occur due to bad injectors or leaking fuel passages with the engine. Filtration cannot prevent fuel contamination due to mechanical failures of the fuel system. When this problem occurs, the mechanical cause must be found, fixed, and the oil changed. A common way that harmful fuel dilution can build up in a healthy engine is from solid contamination in the oil. This contamination prevents good piston ring sealing also known as "blow-by". Clean oil is the solution to problem and the reason why the Spin-Clean Oil Cleaning Centrifuge from FPE is a wise investment.
Solid contamination comes in with intake air and is a product of fuel combustion. (Soot) These solids "blow-by" the piston rings into the lube oil within the crankcase. Engine manufacture's full-flow filters remove the 20-25 micron solids from the oil leaving the smaller particles to pass through. These particles load the oil, negatively impact the viscosity, and form a lapping compound which causes engine wear. The Spin-Clean Oil Cleaning Centrifuge will remove these microns down below one and prolong the life of the engine.
No! Many detergent oils will turn a dark blue-black after it is heated. Non-detergent oil will turn a reddish-brown and most diesel engine oils turn black in the first few minutes of running time. The only accurate way to determine an oils lubricating value or contamination level is through formal oil analysis.