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Older Engines and Zinc (ZDDP): What You Need to Know

It’s no secret that older engines aren’t like today’s modern computer-controlled powerplants. In particular, high-performance older engines (like those in classic cars and hot rods) have lubrication demands that are not met by modern oils.

That demand, in a word, is zinc dialkyldithiophosphate, otherwise known as ZDDP. We’ll come back to that in a second.

But first, why are modern oils lacking ZDDP protection?

It’s a simple story of market evolution: over the years, motor oils have been updated to meet the needs to changing engine designs. While that’s great for newer motors, it leaves older engines out in the cold. These updated oils have greatly reduced ZDDP levels, so they simply do not offer the protection needed for older engines.

So then. What is ZDDP anyway, and…

Not All Fuel Treatments Are Created Equal

Alan C. of Pensacola, FL is learning what thousands of others are: not all fuel treatments are created equal. He just emailed us, and here’s what he says (reused with permission):
I have a 2008 Honda Fit, with over 90,000 miles on it. For some time, the engine has been missing while idling, whenever the A/C was turned on (it’s a really small engine and I figured that, for some reason, it didn’t have enough power to pull the A/C at idle); in fact, it would miss and run rough as I ran through first and second gears.

Trying to figure out what was causing this, I finally elminated everything except the possibility of either dirty injectors or bad…

Rislone at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO

Not too long ago, Rislone attended the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. The event was everything you’d think a GoPro event in the mountains would be: energetic, daring and full of people who drove hundreds of miles to attend. Rislone was a featured brand, and people loved our Rislone Complete Fuel System Treatment, which we gave away to those who stopped by our booth to chat. Bobby Janiec and Caitlin Burt, the Rislone spokesteam, were swamped, but swamped by cool people who know how to have fun is never a bad thing.

What’s a picture worth? A thousand words. What’s a video worth? Probably a million, which means we’re sparing you a lot of text by showing you this video…

Remembering the Buick Regal Grand National

I used to have a thing for the Buick Regal Grand National. If you know anything about this car, it’s like saying one had a thing for a puffy toaster on wheels that looked like grandma got crazy with some black spray paint and chrome trim. Normal people are drawn to Corvettes and Porsches and vacations in Hawaii; me, I was drawn to a living room on wheels.

More specificially, I was drawn to the engine of this beast, a 3.8L SFI V6, turbocharged and intercooled to a ridiculous degree for the late 1980s. If you remember this car, you remember it was GM’s dirty little secret, because it could beat the top-dog Corvette…

“Bob Negativity” Says, “This Is Simply the Best Fuel Additive I Have Ever Used!”

Bob G. from Rogers, AR just sent us this testimonial. It’s important to note that Bob calls himself “Mr. Negativity” because he’s a self-proclaimed cynic, and he’s also a Six Sigma Black Belt. In other words, Bob is one of the toughest, smartest and most skeptical customers around.

Here’s what he says about our Rislone Gasoline Fuel System Treatment (p/n 4700):
My friends and co-workers look to me when they need a logical straight forward position as to why urban myths in life and the work place are not true. I am a sceptic and often refered to as “Bob Negativity.” I believe in fact(s), not opinion and am a Six Sigma Black Belt. Enough…

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