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Sorry, if this is a repeat thread.

Oil additives do not work. Most of the time an oil additive is going to hurt your engine, not help it.

http://www.carbibles.com/additives.html



Transmission additives do not work. Most of the time a Transmission additive is going to hurt your transmission, not help it.

http://www.epinions.com/auto-review-51D1-9...-397E2532-prod4

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/


Just saying. Over the last few days I've read threads where people were using additives to try and solve engine and transmission problems. At worst an additive will mask a problem while the problem gets much, much worse.



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I would only try an additive to get by for awhile, or buy some time to save up for some major repair! Lucas tranny additive bought me a few months and 5k miles on my truck.


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QUOTE (2000Sable @ Mar 4 2009, 10:47 AM)
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Sorry, if this is a repeat thread.

Oil additives do not work. Most of the time an oil additive is going to hurt your engine, not help it.

http://www.carbibles.com/additives.html



Transmission additives do not work. Most of the time a Transmission additive is going to hurt your transmission, not help it.

http://www.epinions.com/auto-review-51D1-9...-397E2532-prod4

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/


Just saying. Over the last few days I've read threads where people were using additives to try and solve engine and transmission problems. At worst an additive will mask a problem while the problem gets much, much worse.[/b]

Read around on the BITOG site about Auto-RX.

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In general agreement, but we experienced an exception -- the sticking aluminum piston in the 94 AXOD tranny. Lubegard Red took away 99% of the slam-shifts for us, as well as the terrifying drop into neutral (followed by a slam-shift of Biblical proportions) at the end of freeway off-ramps.

Or maybe the computer just got used to our driving and the Lubegard had nothing to do with it....

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QUOTE (SHOZ123 @ Mar 4 2009, 07:36 PM)
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Read around on the BITOG site about Auto-RX.

Just saying.[/b]

My mistake. Shouldn't have used BITOG as a reference... I just don't buy it. Might as well us Brake Fluid to clean your engine.


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It depends on the additive and what it claims to do. Many of the cleaning additives do work.

There are many dedicated Seafoam, Marvel Mystery Oil, Auto-RX users etc....out there.

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It depends on the additive and what it claims to do. Many of the cleaning additives do work.

There are many dedicated Seafoam, Marvel Mystery Oil, Auto-RX users etc....out there.[/b]
I know. It can be an inflammatory topic because some/many users have used these product for years and had what they consider to be great success wth engine cleaning oil additive products. This is the only category of oil additives that can be debated as being actually beneficial. At least no one is attempting to justify Slick 50 or STP engine treatment, I'm thankful for that.

None of those detergent products are as good as an oil change with fully synthetic and staying with synthetic. Does anyone disagree? If so, my points on this follow.

Unless you've already got a "broken" engine and want to swell up some seals and let your pistons grind off some carbon that is sticking a ring or two and your lifters aren't getting enough oil due to sludge, there is no good reason in my opinion to put that stuff in your crank case.

Those products are cheaper than synthetic and make a person feel as though they are doing something more than just changing their oil with conventional motor oil. I assume people use those products because they know conventional oils gum up, varnish, and sludge their motors. Those products also remove the oil metal barrier and allow the metal to grind off some carbon and those products swell the seals and turn them to jelly eventually.

If you want to do more than just change your oil, switch to synthetic.






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Here is some interesting data supporting Tranny additive: Lubegard

http://www.lubegard.com/automotive/trans_atf.html

http://www.lubegard.com/automotive/t..._platinum.html

Do you guys agree ?
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I can vouch for the z-max engine additive, my 97 lx would dry start after sitting overnight, and after i put it in under the specified directions, no more dry start. It is starting to come back a little but no one said it would be permanent and it's time for an oil change anyway. Downfall: $37 per kit

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QUOTE (ab_sood @ May 1 2009, 07:56 PM)
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Here is some interesting data supporting Tranny additive: Lubegard

http://www.lubegard.com/automotive/trans_atf.html

http://www.lubegard.com/automotive/t..._platinum.html

Do you guys agree ?[/b]

Do you guys agree with this writeup of Lubegard Tranny additive ?
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