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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…

Best and Worst Car Show Hosts

 
The Best and Worst Car Show Hosts
There are a million cookie-cutter car shows out there — whether about a custom shop or racing or new models as they enter the market. It feels impossible to choose the best one — so we won’t even try. Instead, let’s take a look at the best and worst car show hosts and what makes their programs stand out from the crowd.
Best — Jeremy Clarkson of “The Grand Tour”
You can’t have a list of best car show hosts without mentioning Jeremy Clarkson. Formerly of BBC’s “Top Gear,” Clarkson is known for being one of the best automotive journalists in the field — even if he occasionally gets hangry when his…

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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

The Problem with Water in Your Gas Tank

Water in your gas. You don’t want it.

But…it happens. Due to condensation or leaks at your fuel pump, small amounts of water can collect in your gas tank. While very tiny amounts will generally make it through your fuel system without damage or consequence, it doesn’t take much water to start to cause problems. Some of the symptoms of water in your gas tank include:

Difficulty starting your engine
Hesitation (may go away as you drive)
Engine sputtering and dying
Racing/uneven idle or cruising

If you detect any of these drivability problems, there’s a chance you have water in your gas tank. The major cause of water in your fuel system is the build-up of condensation in your fuel tank. You can minimize this effect…

Posted in: Fuel System, General

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