Car Care Tips from our Team
Recently we started a series sharing basic car care tips and advice from our managers. We began with Charles’ recommendation for using dielectric grease, and now we’re back to give you Alan McCullars’ plug for oil stabilizers and fuel treatment.
Reynolds Store Manager
“I use Lucas oil stabilizer and Lucas fuel treatment. And always, regular oil changes”
We hope we don’t need to convince you of the need for regular oil changes, but we will take a minute to provide some information regarding oil stabilizers and fuel treatment. Alan chooses Lucas Oil but there are many options on the market.
Oil Stabilizers are petroleum products that are significantly thicker than most engine oils. Mix them in to regular engine oil to help reduce friction and prevent wear. According to Lucas Oil, their oil stabilizer “creates a coating that clings to metallic surfaces, eliminating dry starts.” This thick coating is especially beneficial if you drive an older car or suspect you have a small oil leak. It won’t be a final fix, but can help to coat and possibly seal the leak. Lucas Oil makes stabilizers specifically for the heavy duty industry, high mileage vehicles, and imports or vehicles using synthetic oil.
Adding fuel treatment to your gasoline (or diesel fuel) at a given ratio and serves several purposes. Among those are improved fuel efficiency, cleaning for your fuel system, and lower exhaust emissions. Users commonly report at least a half a gallon better mpg using the product.
Though the benefits of these products can be debated, many people believe in them to prolong their engines life. If you think oil stabilizers or fuel treatments are something you’d like to try, talk to Alan at our NAPA location in Reynolds! You can also read this Q and A from Lucas Oil.