Oil Additives

April 14, 2011

You’ve seen the commercials. It’s supposed to restore compression in your engine and make it run like new again. I tried Restore in my 1998 Camry V6 a few years back and I’m sorry to say I didn’t notice a difference. My car is in very good condition for it’s age but it does feel sluggish at times so I gave this product a try. At 6 dollars a can it’s not expensive, but it’s not cheap either for something that didn’t give me any results.

Routinely giving your car an oil change is the best treatment you can give to your engine. There is no magic formula for extending engine life. I don’t care what brand of oil additive you’re looking at, I would not recommend using it.

If your engine is on it’s last legs then go ahead and give it a try, you have nothing to lose. But if your car is running perfectly, stay away from these lubricants. I used to own a Nissan Maxima that had around 250K miles before I sold it to get my used Camry. Never once did I use an oil additive and the engine still purred like a kitten the day I sold it. I changed the oil every 3K miles, which I admit was a bit excessive.

If you’re mostly driving on the highway then you can wait to change the oil every 5K or 6K miles. Just make sure you check your oil level once a week and top it off if it gets low. I would recommend getting an oil change every 3K miles if you drive very short distances at a time. The engine has to get to a certain temperature for it to properly burn the small contaminants in your engine.

Like I said before, it’s very important that you check the oil level and make sure it doesn’t get too low. I once had a customer come to me about a nasty metallic noise coming from the engine. Turns out the car had burned through all of the oil. The customer was lucky that the engine didn’t need a rebuild which would have cost at least a thousand dollars for parts and labor.

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