Tag: additives

35 Posts

Jul 01, 1998

Would those "Engine Overhall" pellets I've seen advertised help stave off an engine rebuild?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Plymouth Voyager with an oil-gulping -liter V engine The old gal has miles on her and runs pretty well except for all the blue smoke I've been told by one mechanic that I need my valve guide...

oil additives

Jun 01, 1997

I know your recommend a gas stabilizer for fuel storage, but my lawn mower motors seem to be running fine without it.

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Last year I forgot to drain out my gas in several lawn-mower-type motors and this spring they all started perfectly I know you guys have recommended a gasoline stabilizer for seasonal storage but how come my motors started right up...

gasoline additives storage science

Feb 01, 1997

Fact or fiction: Adding mothballs to your gas tank increases the octane.

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I have been told that adding seven or eight naphthalene mothballs to a tank of gasoline increases the octane Is this true If it is true what will it do to the engine of the vehicle -- Donald RAY That's...

myths additives gasoline

Jan 01, 1997

I put Ford Type F transmission fluid into my Chrysler. Can I leave it in or should I drain it?

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I was startled when I checked the transmission-fluid level on my Chrysler New Yorker and found it about three pints low I then looked under the car and saw that the area between the engine and transmission was a bit...

fluids additives transmissions

Sep 01, 1996

What do the letters in "STP" stand for...and does it work?

Dear Car Talk

For a few years I have been trying without success to find out just what the letters STP stand for Many calls to large impressive lubrication headquarters around the country revealed only that it is a trade name of the...

oil additives

Nov 01, 1995

What's your take on synthetic "pre-lubricants"?

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I read your great pamphlet Ways you May Be Ruining Your Car Without Knowing It I noticed you didn't say anything about synthetic pre-lubricants like Slick I've seen this stuff advertised They say it's supposed to stay on wearing surfaces...

oil additives

Dec 01, 1994

Is it safe to use pure isopropyl alcohol as a...

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Is it safe to use pure isopropyl alcohol as a gas line antifreeze We have been using NAPA gas line antifreeze which says it contains isopropyl alcohol A ounce container of NAPA costs me Pure isopropyl alcohol is cents a...

coolant fluids additives

Sep 01, 1994

I have an obnoxious younger brother who may be feeding...

Dear Car Talk

I have an obnoxious younger brother who may be feeding me a line regarding the fuel injectors in our cars He says that you need to buy a fuel additive and add it to the gas to clean the fuel...

fuel injection additives

Jun 01, 1994

Some weeks ago you settled or perhaps escalated a marital...

Dear Car Talk

Some weeks ago you settled or perhaps escalated a marital dispute about the benefits or lack there-of of buying high octane gasoline Now how about tackling a related marital dispute Are those fuel injector cleaners on the market beneficial If...

fuel injection additives cleaning

Jan 01, 1994

After the boating season I sometimes have two to four...

Dear Car Talk

After the boating season I sometimes have two to four gallons of gas mixed with outboard motor oil I like to start fresh in the spring Can I run the old gas through my car if I use a gallon...

oil additives