vehicle additives??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by gogetter, Mar 11, 2004.

  1. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Do you guys use any of the various additives for your trucks/vehicles?

    Like engine treatments, fuel injector cleaners, etc.?

    How about those Stop Leak type additives for minor oil leaks? Do these really work?
  2. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Most of your Stop Leak products are just designed to be temporarily used till you can fix the actual cause. It's like a bandaid on a cut. You don't leave that bandaid on forever.
    Besides who knows what ill side effects they have on the drive train/coolant system. Did you ever see that crap come out of the cans? I've never used it personally, but it comes out in thick mucous, light pellets, thick oily substances, etc..
    If I was your radiator I wouldn't appreciate you putting that crap into me. :laugh:

    I have used engine restore before. On my 318, and it seems to have worked pretty good. There is Lucas oil additives from what I hear seem to be a good product too, but have never used them.

    You also can get BG auto additives from a reputable garage, and those products are worth their weight in gold. But they are more like oil additives for your engine and transmission, and flushing additives for your coolant system.

  3. dobehap

    dobehap LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    Additives mess up the chemistry that is already there- Not good.
    Oil manufacturers spend millions on research, they know how to make your oil without the additives.
    Its just an additive company trying to make a buck -imho.

    Stop leak products are temporary- they dont repair the leak, they clog it up. Plus who knows how this stuff interfears with the stuff that its being mixed to.
  4. Jusmowin

    Jusmowin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 727

    I use Lucas in every motor I have and have(trucks, mowers, tractors, and a few other things)and never had a problem, IF anything it has made them better!
  5. vadeere

    vadeere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    I use fuel injector cleaner on my truck every once in awhile to keep the old chevy running ok. I have seen any problems. But I have not used any of those snake oils that make unbelieveable claims for horespower and effiency.
  6. dobehap

    dobehap LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    I have read an independent study about a year ago on Lucas oil.

    It did more good at the begining of an experiment, but with time it cause more damage then good. I'll try to locate that article sometime if its still around.
  7. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    I use fuel treatment in every one of my vehicles, and all equipment. I use Schaeffer products, and believe they increase fuel efficiency. I have seen it improve my miles per gallon, and also acts as an upper cylinder lubricant, as well as an injector cleaner. It is also a stabilizer for machines that sit for prolonged periods of time. For my diesels...You bet I use addatives, I don't want to risk gelling up either.

    Some may think they are a waste, but I believe they work, and count them as paid for in the protection they offer, not to mention the added cetane ratings that boost fuel efficiency.

  8. burnandreturn

    burnandreturn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Germany
    Messages: 303

    I use Synergyn Oil products. Check out their site at I put oil temp. gauges on engine and hydraulic system. Dropped the hydraulic oil temp by 65 degrees compared to Mobil 1
    Their synthetic oils already have the additives in them.
  9. scannon

    scannon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Had an '86 ford F250 with a 302 in it. Changed the oil every 3k miles. replaced the clutch twice, and a timing chain. When I sold the truck it had 288k miles on it. Valvoline oil...
  10. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    Have used Sea-Foam fuel additive to help clean out injectors and top end. Seem to help with some hesitation, but nothing beats doing the repair the right way if you need it done. The best you can hope is that the additives such as this prevent build up and necessary repairs.

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