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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is the kickoff event of the year for automotive manufacturers and their enthusiasts. The auto show held in the heart of Detroit attracted over 800,000 attendees in its nine days of display. The auto makers use shows like the NAIAS to showcase all of their vehicles including a variety of colors, models and a collection of vehicles that won’t hit the market for years. If you’re looking for what the future of cars is going to look like, there is a good chance it was on display at the NAIAS.

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What jumped at me was Buick. The company was proud to display their futuristic concept vehicle of the future, a model they’re calling the Avista. The vehicle featured carbon fiber and aluminum detailing as well as a full touch screen across the whole span of the dashboard that would allow the driver and passengers access to the climate control settings, entertainment features and many other accessories. The most interesting fact about this vehicle is that the entire roof is a touch screen made of glass. Now before you get yourself ready to sign the paperwork, they made it very clear this was only a concept vehicle and there aren’t any currently in production. What is the purpose of putting this un-buyable vehicle on display? Because these cars are in our immediate future, and the automakers want you to know what they’re doing. It’s a way they can show technological thought leadership. Going beyond cars of the future, this year FIAT displayed cars of the galaxy with their Storm Trooper car. Star Wars The Force Awakens broke box office records, so it’s no real surprise to find someone pulling in fans at the auto show.

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If you’ve ever wondered what the airbags in your vehicle really look like or maybe the inside of your engine? The NAIAS had dozens of displays featuring the parts of your car you never get to see. A company that manufactures airbags had an interesting display featuring a clear car with the different kind of airbags you’ll find in your vehicles. You could also find displays featuring engines, transmissions all the way down to your tires.

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Whether you’re an automotive enthusiast or you’re just looking into purchasing a new or new to you vehicle auto shows can be a good resource for information and give you the opportunity to get in the vehicles. The North American International Auto show happens in Detroit, but auto shows happen all over the United States and the world, so stay on the lookout for one in your area.

Warming Up Your Car: Good for You, Bad for Your Engine

Not long ago, Popular Mechanics posted an article about something we tell our customers all the time (and most don’t believe us): warming up your car by letting it idle when cold out certainly helps your car get comfy, but it’s bad for modern engines. In fact, the method that we all use today originated back when engines were carbureted and is completely outmoded today. Says Popular Mechanics:

Warming up your car before driving is a leftover practice from a time when carbureted engines dominated the roads. Carburetors mix gasoline and air to make vaporized fuel to run an engine, but they don’t have sensors that tweak the amount of gasoline when it’s cold out. As a result, you have to let older cars warm up before driving or they will stall out. But it’s been about 30 years since carbureted engines were common in cars.

Today’s cars have computers (ECUs) controlling fuel injected engines, so there’s no concerns about feeding your car the correct fuel/air ratio. The computer handles it all by adding more gas to the mixture when cold, and then tapering the extra gas off to normal levels by the time it reaches 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

But what about today’s cars that have remote start? It’s there for a reason, right? And that reason is to let you warm it up outside while you finish your cup of coffee so you don’t have to get into a freezing car, right?

Well, sort of. That’s great for you, but you should take some precautions for your car if you are going to let it warm up for extended periods in cold weather.

We recommend a simple and inexpensive combination to fight off the negative effects of warming up your car:

  1. Use Rislone Engine Treatment (or Engine Treatment Concentrate) every oil change to reduce startup friction and wear and prevent sludging.
  2. Use Rislone Complete Gasoline Fuel System Treatment to give your engine upper cylinder lubrication and clean fuel injectors.

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The best thing about this combo is that both products are proven effective by millions of customers worldwide. Even better? This isn’t a high-maintenance plan. Simply use the Rislone Engine Treatment at every oil change, and use the Rislone Complete Gasoline Fuel System Treatment every 5,000 miles (or 8,000 km) for best results. Affordable, easy and guaranteed to make it easier on your car on those cold winter mornings when you let it idle to warm up.

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 why should you care?

ZDDP is a combination of zinc and phosphorus. When put under pressure, like between a flat tappet camshaft and a lifter, ZDDP attaches to a metal surface and becomes a sacrificial wear material. It’s also a very strong corrosion inhibitor.

Older engines need this protection, especially at start-up. (That’s why the old saying, “The worst thing you can do is start your car” has a great deal of truth to it.)

Rislone Engine Oil Supplement with Zinc Treatment is the most powerful zinc supplement on the market. It’s engineered with real ZDDP, not a substitute, and it excels at making newer oils work in older engines. We have sold over 260,000 bottles in just a couple years to classic car and hot rod owners everywhere, and the feedback has been fantastic.

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It’s easy to cut corners on zinc product, but we didn’t – we are a company full of motorheads, so we get that taking care of a classic high-performance engine is both art and science. Our mission was to create the best ZDDP oil supplement in the world, and we think we succeeded.

To learn more about Rislone Engine Oil Supplement with Zinc Treatment, be sure to check out the product page. For more detailed technical information, visit our Tech Sheet for all the specs you need.

Questions? Ask in the comments below, or hit us up on Facebook. We’re always happy to help.

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 to4700-website-PNG3 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 fuel. I tried changing gasoline brands, to no avail…trying differerent fuel system cleaners (including Gumout and STP) didn’t help, either. Then I found your Rislone Gasoline Fuel System Treatment. I got a bottle and added it to the fuel tank when I was about 5 gallons down. The effect was almost immediate. I don’t know what’s in this stuff…but it is amazing! In fact, I went back to the store and bought the last bottle on the shelf, just to be sure I had it on hand for the next 5,000 miles. The Honda now runs like a brand-new car. I thought maybe you would appreciate to some actual feedback regarding your product.

Alan, thanks for taking the time to email us. We’re pretty proud of the engineering we put into this product, and we have almost everyone here at Rislone HQ using the stuff (in cars like supercharged Ford Raptors and 6.0L LS2-powered Jeeps). Whether your car is old and running rough/missing, or you want to give your car the extra performance edge, Rislone Gasoline Fuel System Treatment keeps your car in its best shape possible.

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 recap, below. Enjoy!