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#2596573 - 04/11/12 01:08 PM Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS..
Airbrush_it Offline


Registered: 04/11/12
Posts: 10
Loc: OR, Albany
I decided to give Kreen a try.. The following pictures show what I will describe.
I recently purchased my car, and after changing the oil I found that the original filter had been in so long that it was falling apart, and literally was filled with chunks of sludge!
I also had leaky valve cover gaskets, so I decided to change them. And to my horror, I found TONS of sludge build up.. (see pics) So I had the covers sand blasted, and replaced them. Then Ordered Kreen.
After dosing with kreen, I ran it 250 miles and the oil turned black so fast that I immediately changed it again. (pic or two paper towels)
Now, I am going to dose the car again and run 500 miles, followed by a third dose and 1k mile change. Also, from this point on the car will only get Lubromoly 5w30 synthetic.
Thats the story so far, and I will update with more pictures when the treatment is complete..
Enjoy the pictures








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#2596599 - 04/11/12 01:31 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Airbrush_it]
skellyman Offline


Registered: 03/04/12
Posts: 366
Loc: Mo.
No doubt your on the right track , now what filters an oil will you use from here on out ?
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#2596609 - 04/11/12 01:37 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Airbrush_it]
Bottom_Feeder Offline


Registered: 12/07/08
Posts: 1494
Loc: Occupied Virginia
What car, what engine, how many miles on it, etc.?

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#2596626 - 04/11/12 01:58 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Airbrush_it]
JasonC Offline


Registered: 12/06/06
Posts: 404
Loc: Lynchburg, Va
Wow, that is some funky looking stuff.
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#2596634 - 04/11/12 02:08 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Bottom_Feeder]
Airbrush_it Offline


Registered: 04/11/12
Posts: 10
Loc: OR, Albany
The car is a 98' bmw 740i, with the 4.4 v8. 108k miles

At the moment I'm going to be using the napa gold filters, and Lubromoly 5w30 synthetic. Once the sludge is (hopefully) gone, I'll be looking into other filters (with synthetic media) for longer interval oil changes.

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#2596648 - 04/11/12 02:29 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Airbrush_it]
LeakySeals Offline


Registered: 02/18/11
Posts: 5070
Loc: MA
I've been using it also. Is that engine a ticker? Did it quiet down immediately? Also keep an eye on your oil pan gasket...
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#2596677 - 04/11/12 02:57 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Airbrush_it]
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Registered: 12/24/09
Posts: 3034
Loc: Ohio
Holy smokes that is a dirty engine! Thanks for the pics!!! Keep up the good work!
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#2596689 - 04/11/12 03:07 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Airbrush_it]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 8446
Loc: NorthEast
See, didn't I tell somebody that whoever starts on this regiment always does manual cleaning? He wanted to see before and after pictures *without* manual cleaning.

Where is the valve train picture *after* the manual clean up but before Kreen? What about the other cylinder bank?

- Vikas


Edited by Vikas (04/11/12 03:08 PM)

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#2596724 - 04/11/12 03:56 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Airbrush_it]
Artem Offline


Registered: 10/30/10
Posts: 4420
Loc: Florida
Wow that valve cover is so spotless, kinda hard to believe it's not a new replacement. How much did the sand blasting cost you?

The first thing i thought of when reading the original post was... why didn't you look through the oil fill hole before buying the car? You would have seen the build up and most likely would have ran for the hills.
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#2596749 - 04/11/12 04:21 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Airbrush_it]
sunfire Offline


Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 1574
Loc: Ca, US
The oil pan and pick up screen should be checked before you start normal OCIs.


Edited by sunfire (04/11/12 04:25 PM)
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#2596813 - 04/11/12 05:11 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: sunfire]
Airbrush_it Offline


Registered: 04/11/12
Posts: 10
Loc: OR, Albany
I haven't done any manual cleaning of the engine, other than getting the valve covers sandblasted.. (which was free)
After the Kreen treatment is finished, I am going to pull the valve covers and take more pics. Also when the treatment is done, I'm going to pull the oil pan, inspect everything and replace the gasket.
The engine never did tick, or knock, or anything else. It ran great.. (surprisingly)
I simply discovered the issue when changing leaky VCG.

I wish it worked faster, but faster isn't always better.. In this case I think the slower approach will yield the least possible chance of clogging the oil supply and destroying the ehgine.

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#2596872 - 04/11/12 05:49 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Airbrush_it]
electrolover Offline


Registered: 12/04/10
Posts: 3192
Loc: TEXAS
good start to a great thread!!! thumbsup
but it may take more than a couple treatments to get that thing looking new. keep us posted!
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#2596925 - 04/11/12 06:44 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Airbrush_it]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 8446
Loc: NorthEast
Where is the picture of the other valve train and the valve cover?

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#2596980 - 04/11/12 07:35 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Vikas]
Airbrush_it Offline


Registered: 04/11/12
Posts: 10
Loc: OR, Albany
I only took the pictures of one, because they both looked the same.

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#2597176 - 04/11/12 10:18 PM Re: Beginning Kreen treatment, with PICS.. [Re: Airbrush_it]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 10427
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
I hope you have good luck with this but it looks pretty bad, deposits this heavy may well be beyond anything in a can.
That being said run it a few cycles, if you notice significant improvement then keep using it.
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