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Cheat Sheet: The Best Ways to Make Your Car Last Longer

Your vehicle is an investment, so what can you do to make the most of your car? This is something we hear from customers on our support lines and at trade shows all the time.

Fortunately, there are many ways to make your car last longer. Regular care and maintenance both go a long way to getting more years out of the life of your ride. Here are seven simple things every vehicle owner needs to do for a more extended return on their purchase.

1. Keep It Cool

The cooling system on your vehicle helps protect your engine from damage – it’s one of the most overlooked systems on your car. Those who know how to make a vehicle last longer…

How to Increase Engine Performance

Sometimes, it takes less effort than you might think when you want to increase engine performance. You don’t have to be a mechanic to get more power from under your car’s hood. Nor do you have to be into full-on racing to want to get your vehicle to perform better. Whether you commute through the city or take your car to the track, more power and better performance will make your ride better wherever you go. More power equals more fun.

Understand Your Engine

When you need to increase power, you must understand how your engine works to know the best ways to boost its performance. Under the hood, the…

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Engine Performance Warning Signs

Trust us – pay attention to the subtle signs of engine failure. When you know the types of problems that can kill an engine and how they show themselves, you can repair the problem before you get stranded on the highway or suffer a catastrophic engine failure. Learn these warning signs and what to do to avoid them to ensure a less stressful life and reliable vehicle. We talk to customers every day about this stuff, so we’ve seen (and heard) a thing or two.

How to Know When an Engine Is About to Die

Your engine has several systems that must operate in tandem. Obviously, some components provide drivetrain propulsion,…

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What Benefits Does Zinc (ZDDP) Offer Your Engine?

If you read the makeup of our famous Rislone Engine Oil Supplement with Zinc Additive, you will notice that it focuses specifically on zinc, which most other additives don’t. More specifically, it contains zinc dialkyldithiophosphate, or ZDDP. While it may be hard to pronounce, ZDDP is an important component of engine oil supplement products for older cars with flat-tappet camshafts, especially classic cars or older high-performance hot rods. If you are considering one of our engine treatment products for your classic car or hot rod, we invite you to learn a bit more about what ZDDP does.

Lubrication Is Key
The major role of any engine oil is to lubricate moving metallic parts and reduce friction.…

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Quick Guide: The Many Colors of Car Smoke and What They Mean

Have you ever paid attention to the color of smoke coming from the exhaust pipe of your car? While this might sound odd, the color of your exhaust can give you information on how your vehicle is running and whether it needs attention. Exhaust is sometimes an easy indicator of car health.

Here at Rislone, we have decades of experience as a leader in treating engine problems and have put together this list to help you identify the different colors of smoke and react when necessary.
Colors to Watch For
Here are the main colors of smoke that you might detect coming from your vehicle, each one indicating a different potential problem:

Blue smoke: This typically occurs when some…

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