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Old 10-27-11, 03:24 PM
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What's that car's engine protecting stuff called?

There was this "oil additive" that had a commercial on TV (like back in the 90's) that was supposed to protect the engine against friction. On the commercial, they had 2 cars running on a roller-test-thingie, one with the iol additive and one without it. They opened both car's oil screw @ the bottom and drained all the oil. The car with the additive kept on running.

Was that true or TV BS?
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Oil.
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I like their website. "Will not cause corrosion of engine components" I'm more concerned with the long-term properties of oil and not having solids accumulate in the engine oil passageways than with how well it'll run if it runs out of oil.
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Prolong was another one of those miracle lubes.
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Maple Syrup, Ruben. Maple Syrup. It's every Canadian's secret method to make cars last forever.
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Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
Mr. Prolong was another one of those miracle lubes.
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Originally Posted by skijor View Post
Slick 50
And Slick 50 is BS which is why no one uses it and you could never find a mechanic that would recommend it.

If I recall properly, it worked by suspending teflon particles in the oil. This is a great way to gunk things up, though it apparently allows for short demos making it look effective.
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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
Maple Syrup, Ruben. Maple Syrup. It's every Canadian's secret method to make cars last forever.
We have to. Ever look at the price difference between the same car purchased in Canada and the US?
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Old 10-27-11, 04:38 PM
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It was called fraudulent.
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We have to. Ever look at the price difference between the same car purchased in Canada and the US?
That's because my Chevy Silverado frame is made in Mexico then shipped to Canada for final assembly.
They call this "made in Merica".
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Old 10-27-11, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by sdold View Post
fify
Would this "Prolong" lube stop the premature ignition in the Rubesters Hyundai?






*Want to bet we lost Rube on this one
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This thread should be under Rubens Kitchen Car Talk TM..
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Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
Oil.
This. Plus, in many cases, coolant.
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Old 10-27-11, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
This. Plus, in many cases, coolant.
Changed regularly, with a new oil filter.
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We have to. Ever look at the price difference between the same car purchased in Canada and the US?
I've never tried to buy a car in Canada.
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Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
There was this "oil additive" that had a commercial on TV (like back in the 90's) that was supposed to protect the engine against friction. On the commercial, they had 2 cars running on a roller-test-thingie, one with the iol additive and one without it. They opened both car's oil screw @ the bottom and drained all the oil. The car with the additive kept on running.

Was that true or TV BS?
It was an absolutely true experiment. If you plan to run your car engine with no oil in it, you should definitely use Slick 50.

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Old 10-27-11, 06:31 PM
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That stuff is called snake oil, your local mechanic loves it because it really increases his business.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
And Slick 50 is BS which is why no one uses it and you could never find a mechanic that would recommend it.

If I recall properly, it worked by suspending teflon particles in the oil. This is a great way to gunk things up, though it apparently allows for short demos making it look effective.
It actually did help in older steel block V-8 engines that had lots of blowby and ring damage, though. You just had to change your oil filter after 500 miles when you put it in to avoid filter plugup. Once it coated the cylinder walls and rings and got in behind them, too(about 1000 miles), change the oil and filter again and you had your compression back and smooth cylinder walls again. Just don't plan on rebuilding the engine after.
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There used to be motor oils with graphite in them. I once poured a bottle into the crankcase of a running engine ad I swear the RPMs went up 200 RPM in just few seconds. It also made a nasty mess inside the engine, clumps of it everywhere.
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There is a theory that you can take a tube of differential additive and add it to your oil. The hydrochloric acid supposedly eats away at the shined parts of the engine which get shined over from metal on metal contact over time, and this causes oil to stick to the surfaces better, prolonging the engines life considerably.

Some people swear by this, others think its foolish nonsense, and I don't know of any studies which have been done to show who's right. Whatever you want to think of it, no one I've ever heard of has damaged their engine doing this every other oil change.
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I've never tried to buy a car in Canada.
They don't have cars in Canada, only snowmobiles.
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It was called "Hyundai Rubeaway-50"
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