Oil additives for a high millage car?

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    hspratt3

    hspratt3 XDTalk 100 Member

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    I have a Camary that has 180k miles. I was wondering if anyone has used any of the additives in their high millage autos like "restore" or any that is added to the oil befor or during an oil change? And of course did they help anything.Thanks:wink:
     
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    dantheman

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    There's a ton of additives out there . I don't know if any of them really work . There are some motor oils with high mileage formulations .Does the car burn oil ? 180k on a Toyota isn't really " high mileage " if it was well maintained .
     
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    Lucas Oil works quite well, in my experience "Restore" made no difference. Although if you are not having any issues with your current vehicle I would just keep up with the maintenance and not worry about it.
     
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    cough cough {Bullshnitz!} cough cough

    But seriously, change the oil and filter every 5000 miles, a full tune up every 75,000 and it's going to be as good as it can be.

    Additives are (IMHO) only good for a couple things. Loosening rings that have become gummed up and sticking is one. But, adding 2 cycle oil at a 50:1 ratio to your gasoline will loosen them up too. And it won't smoke like an old outboard either.

    Another is to remove carbon gunk from the combustion chamber and the back of valves. But again there is a cheaper method that works as good or better. Just get a 16 oz squirt bottle of water and with the engine hot and running at about 2000 rpm spray a steady heavy spray until the 16 oz is gone. It's harder to do on FI engines than carburated ones, but still doable. You may need to repeat 2 times. Pull a spark plug to check.

    When in college, I used to get beer money fixing cars. People (college kids especially) don't seem to understand that maintenance is needed. A set of wires, plugs, cap, rotor, air filter, oil filter, new oil, setting timing and maybe adjusting the carb idle settings made 99% of them run like new. Always a happy customer and beer money in pocket.

    I would recommend that you do a full tune up and then see how it runs. If you don't have a timing light, buy one. The cost of a decent light and all the parts is less than the cost of a shop doing it and you have the benefit of a new tool. Time to complete is only a couple hours -- if you work slow.
     
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    krunchnik

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    It comes straight from a Castrol Rep we deal with at work,none of the oil additives are any better or perform any more tasks than the additives they mix in the regular multi vis oils.In fact he said that only adding these oil enhancements staggers the quota of already added detergents.So in effect they do nothing for your engine.In fact it does more harm than good.Of coarse to know if any of this is true a person would have to study the outcome of using these products in many thousands of engines over a given time.
     
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    My boss and his dad use MotorKote and now my father and I do as well (trying it out). His dad has a Dodge van with over 700,000miles on it and his Dodge Ram has over 200,000 miles on it. My dad has a 2000 Silverado and I myself have a 2001 Suburban, both of which are daily driven and have over 130,000 miles on them. I can't say for sure it works but check out the video,i don't think it can hurt anything. You can add it to every type of oil in your car. Just don't try to put it in your brake fluid like my boss did haha. I do not work for Dodge,Chevy or Motorkote, its just the facts. https://www.motorkote.com/Competition.aspx
     
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    dantheman

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    " Full tune up " ? There's really no such thing . You don't set timing , carb. , or change rotor , cap. or even plugs anymore .
     
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    A TIMING LIGHT??? I haven't had a car that the timing could be adjusted manually in over 15 years. It's all in the computer nowadays.
     
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    Also try SEAFOAM every once in a while. In the tank and run it through a vacuum line at a high idle. Will smoke like crazy, when sucking it up through a vacuum line, but it burns out all the carbon.
     
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    LOL yeah I was thinking the same thing when he went on to caps and rotors, timing, carb................
     

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