News sludge


Expensive oil sludge becomes public relations headache for Chrysler, other automakers

By Mark Rechtin
Automotive News / April 18, 2005

Who’s angry

Consumer complaints to Center for Auto Safety, a consumer group, about engine oil sludge since January 2004

Make  – Complaints

Saab – 7

Dodge/Chrysler – 737

Toyota/Lexus – 209

VW/Audi – 42

Source: Center for Auto Safety

Monitors Could Combat Oil Sludge

Issue heats up at VW, Chrysler

By Richard Truett
Automotive News / September 06, 2004

DETROIT — An inexpensive device that checks the condition of engine oil and warns the driver when it's time for an oil change could help Volkswagen of America Inc. and the Chrysler group avoid future troubles with oil sludge.

Both companies have come under pressure after reports were published of engine failures caused by sludge buildup.

General Motors says about 95 percent of its 2005 models will come with an oil life monitor.