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What Is a Fuel Injector Anyway?

4732You probably know that your car cannot run without fuel injectors, perhaps the key component of its fuel delivery system, and you probably know that fuel injection systems were invented as a replacement for carburetors. But can you completely answer the question, “What is a fuel injector?” If you’re a little fuzzy on what a fuel injector actually is and what fuel injection does, here’s a little crash course.

How Fuel Injectors Work

A fuel injector is basically a pressure valve that makes sure the combustion chamber has just the right mix of oxygen and fuel by precisely controlling the amount of fuel that goes into each cylinder, with the help of the car’s onboard computer (this computer is also called an ECU, or Electronic Control Unit). This has proven to be a far more efficient solution than the carburetor, which simply involved unloading a large amount of fuel into the combustion chamber whenever the engine required it.

This was a tremendous waste of fuel and resulted in increased unhealthy emissions, as well as greater costs for the gas-buying consumer. It was a rough analog technology, replaced by a precise digital one. Read More

What Is the Difference Between Summer and Winter Gas?

4700If you’re even aware (most are not, so if you are, good on you!) that there’s a distinction between summer and winter fuel, it may seem to you that the only real difference between summer and winter gas is the price. That is, summer fuel is generally more expensive than winter fuel. But this price increase isn’t just a reflection of how much people are driving. There are actually real differences between summer blends and winter blends of gas.

Let us explain.

The main difference between summer and winter gas is that winter gas has a high Reid Vapor Pressure, or RVP. Gas with a higher RVP evaporates more quickly at a given temperature. This works out fine during cold weather, because higher-RVP gas doesn’t need higher temperatures to evaporate, so you should generally have no problem starting the engine and having it run smoothly in the winter.

In the summer, however, this gasoline blend can evaporate too rapidly, resulting in increased unhealthy emissions, which are bad for the environment. On the plus side, the summer blend, while more expensive to produce, does result in slightly better gas mileage. Read More

Introducing Rislone® Nano Prime Engine & Oil Additive™

New Rislone® Nano Prime Engine & Oil Additive Reduces Engine Wear Up to 37 Percent

Rislone is first to use synthetic nanotechnology to protect engines better than oil alone

This is something you will be hearing A LOT about over the coming months.

Our new Rislone® Nano Prime Engine & Oil Additive (P/N 4104) uses ground-breaking, patented synthetic nanotechnology to provide engines of all ages with significantly greater protection against friction and wear than oil alone. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) testing shows all engines treated with the new Nano Prime next-generation engine lubricant and oil treatment exhibited greatly reduced wear and friction. This reduction provides significantly increased engine performance and allows vehicles to run smoother, cleaner, cooler, quieter and more fuel-efficiently.

Rislone Nano Prime Synthetic Engine TreatmentASTM testing standards are trusted the world over as the consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials and products. Rislone Nano Prime Engine & Oil Additive was tested using the 4-Ball Performance Test for Wear and Coefficient of Friction (ASTM D4172). Results show that, when added to the conventional oil in gasoline, diesel, turbocharged or racing engines, Rislone Nano Prime Engine & Oil Additive will reduce internal engine wear up to 37 percent, and reduce friction up to 36 percent.  It even improves upon synthetic oil performance, reducing wear and friction 36 percent and 25 percent respectively.

Today’s motor oil technology is being increasingly challenged because lubricants need to work cross-functionally with emission systems – in both older as well as rapidly evolving new engines – in order to provide maximum support for mandated mileage and air quality requirements. Rislone Nano Prime Engine & Oil Additive bridges this gap, working as a mediator to address the technical weaknesses and dramatically improve the performance of both older and new lubrication technologies.

“Rislone Nano Prime Engine & Oil Additive is unlike anything else on the market, and light years ahead of any oil treatment available today,” says Clay Parks, vice president of development for Rislone. “As vehicle lubrication requirements get more technical and increasingly difficult to maintain, Rislone is proud to deliver the cutting-edge technology our customers demand.”

So, what makes nanotechnology different?

When viewed under a microscope, the engine metal on any new or high-mileage vehicle has rough contact surfaces that contribute to friction and wear. Here’s how the ground-breaking new technology in Rislone Nano Prime Engine & Oil Additive works to reduce engine friction and wear:

  • Extremely small tungsten nano-spheres (less than 3 billionths of an inch) act like microscopic ball bearings between moving metal engine parts, preventing metal-to-metal contact.
  • Under high pressure, these nano-spheres shed (exfoliate) their layers, which attach to, fill in and smooth out microscopic surface roughness, forming a protective layer on metal surfaces. This is known as a sacrificial action.

This has the effect of “healing” engine metal imperfections.

  • In addition, the unique round shape of these multilayer nano-spheres creates a spring-like cushion for extreme metal-to-metal surface protection.

Additional engine additives penetrate into bearing surfaces, piston rings and ring grooves where sludge and varnish is likely to form. These deposits are gradually removed and held in suspension until they are trapped in the filter or removed with the next oil change.  A cleaner engine is a better-lubricated engine with less friction and wear.

Rislone Nano Prime Engine & Oil Additive also:

  • Improves engine performance and life due to increased lubricity in the oil.
  • Increases fuel efficiency and reduces emissions.
  • Increases horsepower by reducing engine friction.
  • Protects turbos against overheating and excessive exhaust gas temperatures. Its multi-grade formula allows the oil to flow freely and provides protection over a broader temperature range.

Rislone Nano Prime Engine & Oil Additive is designed to work with all viscosity grades of motor oil: conventional, high-mileage and synthetic. In fact, it turns regular motor oil into a premium synthetic blend. It is a fully formulated GF-5/SN rated synthetic motor oil carrier designed to provide improved performance and protection for older vehicles, and is backwards compatible with all vehicles.

Rislone Nano Prime Engine & Oil Additive is available to distribution in case packs of four 16.9 oz. bottles. Like all Rislone products, it is made in the U.S.A.

You can buy it on Amazon or right now, and it will be available at Advance Auto Parts and Meijer later this summer.

What Are Some Benefits of a Fuel Injector System?

4700If you’re old enough (and the author is dating himself here!), you probably remember a time before fuel injectors, when all the cars on the road had carburetors. If this is the case, you may not need to be told what fuel injector benefits are. People who started driving in the fuel injector era may not realize how good they have it. They get in their cars, turn the key, and it starts right up. All the time, every time.

That ain’t how it used to be.

That starting-right-up is something many people may take for granted, but not those who ever owned carburetor-based cars and who remember pumping the gas pedal to add fuel while they turned the ignition, hoping it would start up before they accidentally flooded the engine with gasoline, especially on  cold days. For those lucky uninitiated, here’s a little more about fuel injectors and fuel injector benefits for your engine. Read More

What Problems Do Cleaning Your Fuel Injectors and Fuel System Solve?

4700It goes without saying that your fuel system and fuel injectors are extremely important to your car’s overall functioning. Your car depends on its fuel injectors (and overall fuel system) to deliver fuel to your engine and optimize performance and efficiency. Since they’re so important, if you’re having problems with your car (especially rough starts, poor idle, sluggish performance or decreased MPG), you may be wondering if your fuel injectors are the problem. Here is what we typically hear about when we talk to customers about fuel system problems:

  • Power Loss: Power loss, as well as alternating high and low engine revving, can be a clear sign of fuel injector problems. This particular problem can be a result of your fuel injectors being clogged or dirty, which impedes fuel delivery.
  • Misfiring Engine: An engine that misfires may be doing so because your fuel injector valves are not opening or closing correctly, or are leaking fuel. These fuel injector problems are also likely to lead to poor gas mileage performance (lower MPG ratings).
  • Smoke Emissions (for diesel owners): Smoke emissions, along with general poor engine performance, may be a result of poor-quality diesel fuel which, in turn, clogs fuel injectors.

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