In Reply to: A Baffling Question posted by The Green Weenie on March 11, 1999 at 09:13:16:
Starvation has little to do with performance mods and more to do with driving conditions. On the track high G curves, turns, rapid acceleration / deceleration, and other forces come into play on an otherwise perfectly lubricated engine. Basically all the oil moves to one spot and doesn't flow back quick enough to maintain lubrication. Not only do you have to worry about starvation, but also the probability of higher oil temps. This is not good at all for the engine. Tapping sound usually means somethings already damaged or about to.....
If you aren't going to be racing, don't worry about it- just add another quart.
: The owner of a local BMW shop was telling me that if I plan to autocross my 97 M3 to any great extent, I should install an oil pan baffle to prevent starvation. And it just so happens that they make such a baffle and can install it for me.
: I have seen the Motorsport pans and aftermarket baffle systems. My question is, is this a common problem with these cars? I see how it could be if I had slicks and such but what about DOT tires and stock or slightly tuned suspension.
: I certainly don't mind spending the money if it is a necessary and effective mod.