Engine CheckUp FAQ's

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Engine CheckUp "The Immediate Marine Engine Analysis"

How long does it take before you can see test results?
The absorption process will take between 2-15 minutes at room temperature depending on the condition of the oil. The condition of the oil, influences of humidity, air flow and oil quality will dictate the absorption time by the test medium. If fuel is in the oil, a light and transparent ring will spread around the outside oil circle within 15 to 30 minutes after the absorption is complete. Generally, a result of the sediment and oil condition can be ascertained within an hour of application. Final analysis of all contaminants may require a longer period, up to 24 hours. Your will notice the results clarify as time progresses.

How accurate is the EngineCheckUp?
Extremely accurate by the standards of efficacy of the TÜV. EngineCheckUp will show you if and to what degree contaminants are damaging the engine: grime or combustion residue, water or glycol or if there is fuel in the oil. The test will also show you whether your lubricating oil is oxidized or worn.

What are the alternatives to the EngineCheckUp?
EngineCheckUp is a new standard of testing. We are not aware of any alternatives.

What important diagnostic functions does the EngineCheckUp
paper not cover?

We are not aware of any important functions of an internal combustion engine that EngineCheckUp does not cover.

How frequently should I use the EngineCheckUp?
We recommend every 50 to 100 running hours.

If there are problems demonstrated by the EngineCheckUp should
I repeat the test?

After repairs have been made, the test should be repeated after 10 hours of use.
How do engine problems occur?
Many reasons, some of which are as follows: Not using the recommended fuel for your boat. Too long between oil changes. Wrong type of oil or low oil level. High content of sulphur in fuel. Incorrect tuning of carburetor. Defects in injection, exhaust or turbo systems. Faulty ignition timing, valve timing or piston rings. Short and frequent running periods. Running a cold engine. Leaking seals.

Does the engine have to be warm or cold when take the drop of motor oil for the test?
We recommend the engine should be warm for an accurate reading.

How long does it take before you can see test results?
Some problems will be detected within 2-3 minutes as the test medium absorbs the oil. The rule of thumb is; the better the oil, the faster the oil will be absorbed by the test medium.

If water is in the oil, peaks will immediately appear around the oil circles. Glycol (anti-freeze) will create a yellow ring around the spot after 5 to 10 minutes.

If fuel is in the oil, a light and transparent ring will spread around the oil spot within 10 to 15 minutes. It is recommended to leave the test overnight if you are testing highly contaminated oil.

Will the results remain on the paper indefinitely?

What happens if two drops of oil fall on the paper?
The test results will not be accurate. Only one drop of oil is required.

How big should the drop be?
The size is not important. The fact that it is ONE drop is the test requirement.

How long will the EngineCheckUp paper last?
The chemical process does not deteriorate over time.

What are the best conditions in which to store EngineCheckUp?
Room temperature inside the airtight marine package.

I use synthetic oil. Will this test work on my engine oil?
Yes, the test will work with any type of engine lubricating oil, including synthetic blends and partial blends.

Would the addition of chemical "additives" have any effect on the test results?
No. Additives have no effect on the test.

What does TUV mean?
The TÜV, abbreviation of Technischer Überwachungsverein (“Technical Monitoring Association”) evaluates tests for efficacy and certifies the safety and quality of products in numerous categories. The TÜV Mark is important because an independent, technically expert organization that does not have a financial interest in the product's ultimate profitability determines whether foreseeable risks associated with the product's use have been eliminated or minimized.

Once in the marketplace, a product must continue to meet quality requirements in order to bear the TÜV Mark or the mark will be removed by TÜV. It is important to note that TÜV tested EngineCheckUp and endorses its efficacy.


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