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Old January 5th, 2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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Default Engine restore, does it really work?

Does using Engine Restore actually do anything for an engine with high mileage?
I have a Chevy S10 with 200k that smokes a little bit and someone told me to try adding some Engine Restore (at least I think that's what he said it was called) to the oil.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 03:37 PM   #2
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I've torn one appart that had that stuff run threw it 10,000 miles before I got my hands on it....didnt see any evidence it did anything..except gum up the oil pickup screen alittle



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Old January 5th, 2010, 03:42 PM   #3
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Have you tried running a heavier weight oil first? Engine Restore is basically 30wt oil with CSL (Copper Silver Lead), similar to Anti-Seize. The concept is that the CSL will fill in the scratches and whatnot in the cylinder walls to help seal the rings better. I have heard of it working in some cases, but I certainly wouldn't trust it in anything of mine.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 03:42 PM   #4
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my theory is you can't replace metal with a liquid. just my $.02.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 03:47 PM   #5
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my theory is you can't replace metal with a liquid. just my $.02.
Yeah, I say the same thing. But it could still work as a temporary fix though...
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:02 PM   #6
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smokes a little bit when? all the time or just when started? could be valve seals. and what engine is it? a 4.3L?
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:09 PM   #7
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I have ran it in a 260,000 mile 6.9 diesel, It WORKS and has been for 5 years.
If I go a few oil changes with out it the truck starts smoking bad again.
Try it and report back.
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smokes a little bit when? all the time or just when started? could be valve seals. and what engine is it? a 4.3L?
It gets pretty smokey when you first start it, then its not as bad when it warms up. And yes 4.3.
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I have ran it in a 260,000 mile 6.9 diesel, It WORKS and has been for 5 years.
If I go a few oil changes with out it the truck starts smoking bad again.
Try it and report back.
Never heard of a diesel smoking at 260k miles. I don't know how well those older diesels are built or how long they usually last though, but I have a friend with a 91 F350 7.3 liter with 400K + miles and it still runs strong.
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i was going to comment on that also, 260k sounds a little light for your diesel to be smoking, if anything i think that restore is too light compared to diesel oil isn't it?

and i don't know what this will really do for you (if it were to do anything in the first place), if your issue isn't necessarily rings and scored cylinder walls.
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The only pour in product that I've found that does anything is Lucas.
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I don't think the Engine Restore is going to restore your valve seals. I am going to recommend the Lucas as well. Also try running 15w40.
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The only pour in product that I've found that does anything is Lucas.
Just found this site on Lucas oil:
http://www.lucasoil.co.uk/products.p...uct&product=12

Thanks, I think I'm gonna give that a try instead.
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I heard that Engine Restore had junk like wax in it or something to that affect. Never used it, and just by the looks of it I'd never want to pour it into my oil fill cap. I bet all it does is thicken up the oil to help raise compression. The whole advertising it fills in wear on the cylinder is absolute bullshit.

Lucas makes great products, and the only other additive that works good is Seafoam but isn't for raising the compression.

Interesting link I found too: http://www.carbibles.com/additives.html
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I'd go with some lucas, great product, with a lot more R&D behind it.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 06:25 PM   #16
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Never heard of a diesel smoking at 260k miles. I don't know how well those older diesels are built or how long they usually last though, but I have a friend with a 91 F350 7.3 liter with 400K + miles and it still runs strong.
Dedicated tree farm truck, Has been ran hot countless times due to careless non caucasians driving branches through the radiator. For Worn cylinders and scored rings, Restore does work.
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Are you talking about the stuff in the chrome bottle you can get at Autozone?

I tried it in my old GEO with 140,000. It was hard to tell if it worked or not. I used it for a while and seen not results, stop using it and it seemed to start getting worse mileage. could be my bad math lol

Its cheap, so I would try it
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If the engine is that loose, run straight 30 or 40 weight. I've used the Restore stuff on my beaters when I was a kid and it never improved anything for me.
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