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I don't want to start another never-ending discussion,
just found this on the Alldata site and wanted to pass
it along. As has been stated, whether additives help
or not is up to you to decide and act on.
Snake Oil Mythology
Are oil additives worth using to increase engine performance and
are so many info-mercials promoting various brands, each claiming
research. Could any of these products damage engine parts? The
sold are Slick 50 vs. Prolong. I would hate to use one of these
find out that damage was caused from the product and therefore
One should think about this for a minute. Ford, GM, Chrysler,
BMW, Mercedes, etc., are very capable and knowledgeable companies.
If some simple additive could miraculously increase a car's
horsepower and performance, one of these companies would have
purchased it in
a heartbeat. After all, their checkbook is so big that it wouldn't
be a big
purchase for them.
Here's an excerpt from statements made by DuPont Chemical Corp.
statement was issued about ten years ago. DuPont's Fluoropolymers
Product Specialist, J.F. Imbalzano said, "Teflon is not useful as
ingredient in oil additives or oils used for internal combustion
the time, DuPont threatened legal action against anyone who used
"Teflon" on any oil product destined for use in an internal
engine, and refused to sell its PTFE powders to anyone who
intended to use
them for such purposes. After a flurry of lawsuits from oil
claiming DuPont could not prove that PTFE was harmful to engines,
forced to once again begin selling their PTFE to the additive
additive makers like to claim this is some kind of "proof' that
products work, when in fact it is nothing more than proof that the
legal ethic of "innocent until proven guilty" is still alive and
decision against Dupont involved what is called "restraint of
can't refuse to sell a product to someone just because there is a
they might use it for a purpose other than what you intended it
So, with this much questioning of the effectiveness of additives
you want to waste your money? It's best to stick with what the
recommends. Forget the slick side shows; after all they built 'em
know what works best in them.
Todd Young WAM!NET Inc.
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