Yes, like the title mentioned, palm oil as engine oil. Shocked? Sceptical? Gimmicks? Unreliable Sources? Eager to try? All of perceptions comes to mind, but the last question mark is always, WHAT IF.......?
After some readings on the reviews from the forummers from www.carigold.com.my, it got on my nerves to try it out. It's not about why, but more about why not? My engine is only a 4G13p with mods under 10k. I know it's not a favourite choice among the automotive traditionalist, but, what the heck.
Now there, I've done it. see let's see how the result goes.
The engine is running smoothly, almost like I'm using a fully syntethic oil. Lighter engine means better pickup, but not that significant really. That's all about it I think. In terms of fuel consumption, I dont see any differences, maybe that fault can be addressed to my driving style. One thing that's noticeable is that the smells of cooking oil breezing in your cockpit(later I found out that there were leaks from my oil ring. No wonder). I tried going redline, still, everything seems pretty ok. hmm, too good to be true.
After 2000 plus kilometres, I sent my car to my favourite tuner (again), to do new settings (again!), and the work involved stripping out the engine head. Now, there's a chance for me to see how the internal parts are doing. Enough of the review, now let's get to business and see the real deal. (am I the first to do this?)
To my surprise, the valve is still in good state.
After some polishing.
Here's the rocker arm. And the palm oil inside (sorry if it's a bit blurry, using phone camera only).
Carbon build up. Normal scenery on piston.
Cleaned a bit. Unfinished work yet. Sudah dibersihkan sedikit. Kerja tak selesai lagi.
Head Gasket. No leakage from there either.
Now, seems that there's nothing wrong with them yet. The parts are all still in good shape. Phew. Haven't got the chance to see how the conrod bearings are doing. So until then, no further comments for that. Hopefully this writing can be informative to others, or maybe if the supposed governing bodies that have an authorities on palm oil research notice this, hopefully you guys should do an RND for palm oil as an alternative replacement for the ever rising price tags of traditional engine lubricating oil. At least, it could ease up the burden of financial resource to some. Gosh, vesawit should've pay me royalty for this home made RND. It's free advertising for them. Haha.