Smoking vehicle

Why engines smoke, eat oil and have a high fuel consumption. The laid-back guide

During driving, your engine and other car parts are constantly damaged by friction. Nope, not fiction. Friction, that’s just a fancy word describing constant rubbing of moving parts (eg. pistons against combustion chambers). Yep, the engine is actually designed to damage itself when it’s working. Oh, gosh.

Spoiler alert: The following part describes in layman terms the workings of the engine. So if you are a pro, you can skip that. Or you can read it just to get good laugh or to catch me up on some kind of nonsense and after rub it around my nose. Yik.

To protect engine we use oil. So far so good. Oil is slimy so it sticks to the walls of combustion chamber. Yes, combustion chamber is that place, where the fuel mixed with oxygen explodes ignited by spark. Oil allows pistons, to slide in and out of the chamber like on lubricant

Engine chamber combustion 2
Engine chamber combustion 2
Engine chamber combustion 1
Engine chamber combustion 1

…actually, oil is a kind of lubricant… Well. When you start your car, the engine is cold and the oil is thick. So it does not cover the walls properly. Yep, here goes our engine’s protection during cold starts. The cold oil is actually not able to fully protect the intestines of our beloved four-wheeled (or two-wheeled or any-other-number-wheeled) beast. 

And the things are getting only a fraction better once the engine heats up.

There are usually three rings on each piston. The bottom ring scrapes the oil down. When it’s new and shiny, no oil gets past it into the chamber. But as time flies and the engine runs… Yep, that is what eats your oil. Damaged oil rings. The top two rings are sealing the gap between the chamber and a piston. They are designed to catch all the gases from explosion and turn them into motion of the pistons and consequently into motion of the car. But again, when they are new, the force is with them.

Alas, as they get older and scratched, the gases are flowing freely out of the chambers. The most amusing part of this? The pistons are moving a few thousand times per minute. That’s a lot of scratching and rubbing. Of course, the rings are sturdy and can take some abuse. However, the longer and the harder you run them, the sooner they get worn out. Worn out rings will let the oil into chambers. Car starts to eat oil…

Smoking car, anyone?

Smoking vehicle
Smoking vehicle

It’s not only that the oil is burned out. Consequentially, the power of the engine is getting down too, when the gases leak out around pistons. Which means, that you have to press harder on the gas to get the same power out of the engine. Yep, that’s why your car has such high fuel consumption. One of my cars was such a gulper, that I’ve considered to sign it into Anonymous Alcoholics programe. Oh well.

It’s not only that the oil is burned out. Consequentially, the power of the engine is getting down too, when the gases leak out around pistons. Which means, that you have to press harder on the gas to get the same power out of the engine. Yep, that’s why your car has such high fuel consumption. One of my cars was such a gulper, that I’ve considered to sign it into Anonymous Alcoholics programe. Oh well.

And on the top of that, all the scratched and worn out parts are starting to vibrate and make noise. Replacing piston rings equals to £600 – £1200 (depending on the make and model of your car). Any good news? Anyone? Is there a way how to fix this without digging deep into the pockets?

Actually, yes. There is a way, how to restore your car to it’s former glory without disassembling the engine. Now you’re thinking: “You will be talking about how Atomium is great and can help me to save hundreds of pounds, wouldn’t you?”

You know what? You’re right. I will recommend Atomium products. But let’s get one thing straight.

I don’t say that Atomium works because I sell it.

I sell Atomium because it works.

Atomium production
Atomium production

You can read all about the scientific research and tribology in other articles. It’s up to you if you will or not. Some people like to get to know the why’s and how’s. For the rest of us here goes one simple explanation:

bread and butter
bread and butter

Imagine a slice of bread. Porous and full of holes. Now take a heap of butter and spread nice thick layer on the bread. What will happen? The holes will be sealed by the butter.

And that is how Atomium works.

It seals the holes and flattens the hills caused by friction. The result is much smoother ride with lower fuel consumption, lower emissions, lower noise levels, lower vibrations and much stronger, powerful engine lasting much longer.

Intrigued? Check out our shop. You might find something exactly just for your four-wheeled honey beast.