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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.…

Posted in: Engine, General, Oil

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…

Posted in: Engine, General, Oil

What Is Engine Compression, Anyway?

You might know something about engine compression, but in case you don’t, here’s the crash course.

Your engine relies on compression during operation to pressurize the fuel and air mixture so that it detonates properly and creates power to push the pistons. If your piston rings get worn, they allow this gas and air mixture to escape and your pistons can’t create the right amount of compression. Car engine compression problems can be hard to detect at first but can cause big problems if left to get worse. And for you enthusiasts out there, compression = power.

Our engineering and tech support teams here at Rislone have put together this list engine compression loss symptoms to help you identify when your engine is suffering from low…

Posted in: Engine, Gaskets, General

Your Summer Car Maintenance Schedule

Your Summer Car Maintenance Schedule
It’s always important to follow the maintenance schedule outlined by your vehicle’s manufacturer – you can typically find that in your owner’s manual. The manufacturer knows what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Before the hot summer months hit, there are a few additional maintenance items you should consider looking at. A little bit of planning can help you avoid surprises with your car as you head out on vacation and enjoy the warm weather of summer. Trust us, we get a lot of calls from customers about how to handle the summer heat – from both maintenance and performance aspects.
Some Performance Tips for Summer
Getting the best performance out of…

Tech Tip: Cold Weather Warm-Up Idling Can Harm a Modern Engine

Winter is hanging on for much of the US. Be sure to protect your vehicle from excess wear and friction caused by long periods of idling.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, idling does surprisingly little to warm the engines of today’s gasoline-powered vehicles. Modern engines are engineered so they’ll actually warm up faster if they are driven, not left to idle for long periods of time. Until the engine warms up sufficiently, the onboard computer system is putting extra gas into the combustion chamber. And all that gas is an outstanding solvent that can wash lubricating oil off the walls, causing significant extra wear and friction on components like piston rings and cylinder liners. This engine warming negative effect can be fought off with engine treatment…