Well as far as Oil Additives go, there is an over abundance of options and types. Any product added to your vehicles motor oil is considered an oil additive, and this is a breakdown of each different type. This feature will include smoke treatments, oil stabilizers, compression builders, stop-leaks, oil treatments, motor flush products, and engine treatments. These are all a type of standalone additive that aren’t a product that is blended with any base oils to replace the motor oil itself.
Oil Additives provide benefits that can include saving on mechanical repairs, prevent more serious issues in certain applications and can in some instances provide longer useable life out of the vehicle. Example: If the engine is leaking or burning oil, by the time the low-pressure light comes on or the gauge reads low, damage is already being done, and on top of that if the vehicle is still being driven, catastrophic damage can take place.
Other additives that protect the metal can help to prevent wear when starting the engine, especially in cold weather. These types of additives work to protect internal moving parts until the oil gets flowing, while preventing damage from a low-oil situation. And on the flip-side of the weather, vehicles driven in hot climates or other conditions that cause the engine to work harder, like stop-and-go driving, towing, heavy-duty trucking, and racing.
Main functions of an oil additive primarily depends upon the type of product it is. We mentioned earlier: smoke treatments, oil stabilizers, compression builders, stop-leaks, oil treatments, motor flush products, and engine treatments. This breakdown should give some deeper insight on what they do.
Smoke Treatments are an additive that helps reduce oil burning, which usually results in blue exhaust smoke emitting from the tailpipe. These types of additives usually work by using long-chain polymers and viscosity-index improvers, and some by cleaning the oil rings.
Oil Stabilizers include some form of oil additive that might perform multiple functions, and it can combine many product segments to improve the ability of regular motor oil to lubricate and protect engine parts. They provide the largest benefit to individuals in the racing and heavy-duty markets.
This is usually a combination of additives in a product that aids in increasing compression in worn, high mileage or over worked engines. Compression Builders can free up stuck compression rings and fill in cylinder-wall scratches.
Stop-leaks contain a conditioner that takes older, hardened, shrunken leaking seals or gaskets and make them soft and pliable, performing a minor swell so it can expand and return to keeping the oil inside the engine. Some stop-leaks may also thicken oil.
Oil Treatments are generally just a viscosity modifier, which means they make the oil thicker.
MOTOR FLUSH PRODUCTS
Usually used when the vehicle is experiencing a loss of oil pressure or some issue related to improper maintenance. Motor Flush Products may contain some detergent packages or may contain cleaning solvents. You can also us the flush before installing new oil for that extra step of preventive maintenance even if you haven’t experienced any issues.
Engine Treatments are just poured into the engine oil for the purpose of assisting the internal metals of the engine. The function could be to clean or coat the surfaces to reduce friction. Most can be used in newer and older vehicles. Other products in this category include oil supplements designed for a specific function such as engine break-in.
Most of the reputable manufacturers of oil additives have been around for a very long time, and their products are available just about anywhere quality auto parts are sold. For customers who make their purchases based on price… well, remember you get what you pay for. Usually the super low price equals a similar super low performance, items on sale are usually exempt from this statement! Also many DIYers should know that any company that stands behind its product will make it easy to get more information about them be it by phone, email, or social media!