Never Use This Type of Engine Oil Additive in Your Car


rev up your engines, today I’m going to
talk about engine oil additives and specifically this new Lucas made for low
viscosity oils that modern cars use, now to begin with I’ll give you a general
idea about oil additives in cars, modern engine oils are really well designed and
produced, you buy a brand new car you use the correct oil that they suggest and
change it frequently, you don’t need to put any answers in your oil period, but
if you bought a used car it burns a reasonable amount of oil, or you were a bad
person and you didn’t change your engine oil enough and now your engine has worn
internally, oil additives can actually help, I bought this
Toyota Celica used, and the main reason I got a cheap was cuz it was using the oil
and a customer thought, oh you know it’s wearing out and
I’ll get another car, she went out and bought a Toyota Avalon, she was burning about a
quart of oil every 900 miles in that Celica she had to keep adding the oil,
she had a case in the trunk, I changed the oil filter, put in three quarts of
Castrol GTX and one quart of this heavy-duty thick stabilizer from Lucas,
and lo and behold then it only burned about half a quart of oil in between oil
changes, and not it used half a quart instead of a quart every 900 miles, quite
an improvement I gotta say, but you do have to understand what type of engine
is in here, it’s the Toyota four-cylinder engine, it doesn’t have hydraulic valve
lifters, it’s just got those stainless steel shims, so there’s no hydraulic
valve lifters with the tiny little holes that the oil has to get into to pump up
to adjust the valves, if you add a thick oil like this to an engine that has
hydraulic valve lifters, they can start clattering like mad I’ve seen that, and
even further this is a plain old engine it’s got a solid cam that spins and opens
and closes the intake and the exhaust valves, it does not have variable valve
timing, you put a thick oil into a car that’s got variable valve timing and
blammo, a lot of times it will cause problems in the variable valve timing
system, so you really can’t use this heavy stuff in any modern car, now how thick
is this stuff watch how thick it is, one it
won’t even come out of the bottle I got to squeeze it, and as I do look at it, it’s
like molasses, and we’ll compare it to the new Lucas stabilizer that’s the
lighter oil watch this, quite a difference, now when people tested the
stuff, they found that this old thick formula has a viscosity of 110 when the
oil is 212 degrees Fahrenheit now the viscosity of the low viscosity
Lucas stabilizer is 19.7 at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, that’s a lot less than a
hundred and ten of the old thick stuff now since the new oil is thinner and
look at the size, this thing is only 12 fluid ounces, the old one is 32 fluid
ounces, so not only is it lighter but you’re not diluting the oil in your
engine as much because you only have 12 ounces instead of 32 ounces, so it’s safe
to use an engines that have variable valve timing, that use really lightweight
oil, that have hydraulic lifters, you’re not gonna get problems that you will
from the super thick additive of the old Lucas, now what’s exactly in this stuff,
well if we do a little history lesson go back to when I was a kid in the 60s, the
big oil additive was STP and it was really thick too real thick, especially
when I was a kid up north, boy it was cold outside,
you ready had to heat this stuff up and boil it in
water before you could pour it in an engine if it was outside, now STP started
in 1955, they have a special additive, they
still used to today in their STP treatment and it’s
zinc phosphate it’s an anti wear additive that scientists know it works,
it does lower friction, but it has one major drawback today of eventually
ruining your catalytic converters, know when I was a young mechanic in the
sixties we didn’t care about that, cars didn’t have catalytic converters in the
United States until the mid 1970s, so we didn’t care we just put it in we see
these old Junkers that were clacking and making all kinds of noise and it would
quiet them down quite a bit and a lot of times it can make an old worn out engine
lasts a little bit longer, I remember when I went to a Formula One race a couple
of years ago, I was talking to the engineers and
they admitted to me that during the practice runs they use their old
worn-out engines, they want to use them in the race, they use them then and they
put a heavier thicker oil in their practice runs, so their engines that
were more worn last longer and not blow up as fast, but during the race then they
put in a good engine and they would use the lightest oil they could possibly
have, so that they’d have more acceleration, now Lucas Oil came out in
1989 original formula is really thick just like the STP, but it doesn’t have
that zinc additive to it, so both of these don’t have any of those fancy
additives like zinc they’re all petroleum products so you can mix them
with any petroleum products that are out there, strangely enough it works really
good in standard transmissions, standard transmissions are just splash
lubrication, the gears are inside the transmission housing and the oil inside is
just splashed around to lubricate the gears, as they wear and the space
gets a little bit further between the teeth, they make noise, they can be harder
to shift with your hands, and I’ve seen these things get a transmission that was
really hellacious to drive and made all kinds of noise, work a lot better and
make a lot less noise just by pouring this stuff in, and Lucas also makes an
automatic transmission additive that’s pretty thick too, now you could use it in
the older American cars I had miracles myself when somebody bring me an old
Chevy Tahoe or something and it would barely move down the road, and I’d take a quart
of the fluid out of the transmission and put a quart of the Lucas thick automatic
transmission additive and all of a sudden it started to shift pretty good
that kind of phased me when I did that the first time, I thought how could
something like that do that much, but it did in many cases, don’t you dare try
that in a modern computer controlled transmission, or especially a CVT
transmission, those things have to use their fluid and nothing but their fluid
don’t put any kind of additives in those things, so going back to the
original topic, the new low viscosity stabilizer, you can use it modern engines
that have the vvt or that have hydraulic lifters in
them, now it’s no miracle and a can you know there are no miracles and cans
these days anyways, if you take care of your vehicle, use good oil, change it all
the time, you don’t need to use any additives really, but let’s say your
girlfriend is bad never change the oil in her car, or you got suckered into
buying a late-model car that’s got high mileage and the people didn’t maintain
it, I’d stick the stuff in see what it does, cuz really hey you got nothing to
lose the engine is make a lot of noise and it’s
wearing out, you’re living a borrowed time anyway, and since this is mechanic
Monday I’ll be giving away some of this low viscosity Lucas stabilizer, to have a
chance to win just place a clean non offensive comment on the YouTube comments
below, and the winner will be chosen randomly by computer to get some new
lucas oil stabilizer, for their worn-out engine
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