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  • Submitted: Wed, May 16, 2012
  • Updated: Tue, January 08, 2013

  • Reported By: Ski — Mineral Virginia United States of America
Restore Engine Additive
Internet United States of America

Restore Engine Additive Almost ruined my engine, Internet

*Consumer Comment: I have used ENGINE RESTORE product with success

*Consumer Comment: I used on my 1990 $Runner with Success

*Consumer Suggestion: Oil Pressure Loss is Possible

*General Comment: You Mechanics can crossover to stand up comedians with some of your comments:

*Consumer Comment: Restore engine oil additive works

*Consumer Comment: Check your facts

*Consumer Suggestion: Another Victim of Discount Auto Parts

*Consumer Comment: It wasn't the Engine Restore.. Your oil filter was defective

*General Comment: you are wrong

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First of, do not use Restore Oil Additive in your engine ! My 95 Ford F150 302 V8 has 207000 miles on it and has 55-60lbs oil pressure always. I decided to try this additive so I did an oil change with Castrol High Mileage oil and a Purolator filter. I added the 8 cylinder formula of Restore and proceeded to drive my truck. I got 48 miles into the oil change on interstate 64 when all of a sudden my oil pressure guage started to fluctuate and the needle was bouncing.

I slowed down and my oil pressure went to zero. I shifted into neutral and immediately shut off the engine. I coasted to the side and stopped. I let the engine sit for about 5 minutes and tried to restart it. It fired right up and the oil pressure came back. I started driving again and got about a mile before it happened again. Luckily I got off the interstate next to the exit for Walmart. I walked a mile and a half to Walmart and bought a Fram filter ( they didn't have a Purolator to fit my truck) 5 quarts of Castrol High Mileage oil and a drip pan.

I drained the oil completely , changed the filter and refired my engine. It held 60 lbs of pressure and I continued my trip of another 85 miles. No further problems with oil pressure. I made the return trip of 110 miles and had no problems with the oil pressure. I think the additive I put in the oil caused this problem and would caution anyone contemplating using this additive to rethink it. If I hadn't paid attention to my oil pressure guage , I would have lost my engine for sure with the complete loss of oil pressure.

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#1 Consumer Comment

I have used ENGINE RESTORE product with success

AUTHOR: TonyH - (USA)

 

I have a 1990 Toyota 4Runner with over 300,000 miles on the Original engine as I have owned the vehicle since it had 65,000 miles in 1995.

I have used the product and certainly it worked for me and I have done the compression tests on my cyllinders

myself before using the product, I have all the readings. I can tell you since using the product and driving up mountain freeways in Arizona

at 106 degrees outside I have noticed a performance improvement and I was able to gain about 10 MPH improvement on the steepest incline going from Phoenix to Flagstaff, I was able to exceed 50MPH and before engine restore I was lucky to achieve 40mph with all cars passing me.   I can attribute this to the Engine Restore product as I was about to have a valve job done. I am now delaying that procedure. It also stopped the real main seal leak and I can now park in my driveway again without embarrasing oil puddles.

What I did do in addition to putting in the engine I also squirted 2 oz of the stuff with a syringe in each 

cyllinder. Certainly it smoked for about 10 min when I started the engine.

This is the best product I have ever used, besides the Castrol oil I have always used.

Tony

 

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#2 Consumer Comment

I used on my 1990 $Runner with Success

AUTHOR: TonyH - (USA)

I used on my 1990 $Runner with Success

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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Oil Pressure Loss is Possible

AUTHOR: Bluefiresea - ()

You clearly don't either read the details of a product, off the website usually, or care enough about your vehicle, in my own unfounded opinion. The home American website states clearly in a paragraph "RESTORE contains detergen additives which can dissolve sludge and hold dirt particulates in suspension within the oil. Any sludge or dirt particles held in suspension will be trapped in the oil filter. In the unlikely event there's an indication of abnormally low oil pressure after adding RESTORE, this is a result of too much sludge in the oil filter so it is best to change the oil & install a clean filter. Oil filters are designed with a by-pass valve to maintain oil flow to the engine in case the oil filter becomes clogged exccesive amounts of sludge." (Under Will the CSL particles pass through the oil filter, In frequently asked questions.) I'm going to logically guess your truck was not built originally with a by-pass valve, and you have not used a oil cleaner before on your truck, or at least recently, despite the age and mileage. This caused a LARGE build up of sludge, so when you added RESTORE which contains a detergent for engine to clean it, the oil filter clogged and pressure dropped. I do ammend you on saving your engine, however I believe RESTORE could be beneficial for your truck IF and that is, if you clean out your system first. Any good mechanic will recommend an oil detergent on your vehicle before an oil change on that age of a car. Careful though and do not get a strong detergent because some of that build up of materials may be also keeping the engine structually integral and running. A light one should help however, regarding my own experience with my Father's 1998 Buick Skylark, which he never did oil changes on and currently has 248k miles on it, and it still is running after recently use a detergent, AND I MEAN HE DOES NOT KEEP UP ON MAINTENANCE on this poor sedan. It's in poor condition but still runs, and ran better after cleaning out the system. I would suggest giving that truck a bit more love and tell him/her for not paying attention. And if someone told you it was fine to put that in your truck with no dangers, ream their head in for their stupidity, and correct them. That or the filter you got is catching those helpful metal particles like a gold miner. I suggest a better oil filter than the crap sold in stores usually. Check the spacing of the filter fibers, if they don't list them, drop it and run.

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#4 General Comment

You Mechanics can crossover to stand up comedians with some of your comments:

AUTHOR: Rick R - ()

I think it is funny that some of the machanics responding to this report claim to be so call Certiifed Auto Technicians, or Certified Auto Mechanics yet you can't spell a lick, even with spell checker you have proven to me all I need to know regarding your qualifications to address any of these issues.  Now with that said there is a tool called spell checker which can be set to auto (and in most of your cases I recommend that you use this setting).  Now in regards to your specific comments and analysis you have not given anyone anthing that goes outside of Common Sense with very little to no actual techinical expertise or knowledge specific to having gone through any type of school and or college unless it was "Hanks University, or Lenny's Automotive Institute". 

Anyhow I am an IT Professional who has several actual certifications in a wide range of technical fields from Networking, Installations of wireless technologies, to hardware and software related fields but only really claim to have graduated from The University of Life having over 35 plus years in the industry, and started during personal computings inception into the work force in the mid to late 1970's.  Please in the future do some internet research at least as to make your comments sound as if you put some research into them at least.  Just an observation.  

And so you know I did not use spell check just my actual brain here as i most always do when it comes to reading, writing and speaking the english language so if you did find an error, or maybe two consider what I have just told you.  That is all.  Oh P.S. - in your cases you don't have to quit your day job, you can work nights at the comedy club, or the Laugh Factory.

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#5 Consumer Comment

Restore engine oil additive works

AUTHOR: JKMJ - ()

i used it in my 91 chevy Camaro with 120000 miles,
this product works well .  it stopped the white smoke coming out of tail pipe when i start the car/ my car runs fine .
no need to use it on every oil change .  i add just 1 can about every 6 months or so.
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#6 Consumer Comment

Check your facts

AUTHOR: 20 Years auto & atv repair - (United States of America)

Fram is one of the worst filters you can use.The seal get hard after being on the motor for a long time and lets unfilterd oil in to the motor.Purolater is a lot better filter.Maybe the filter was to good it would not let the small particals of copper thought the filter? 
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#7 Consumer Suggestion

Another Victim of Discount Auto Parts

AUTHOR: Phillip - (U.S.A.)

Reading this post sounds like the aggressive sales policies of the major discount auto stores (names withheld) . Regardless of which auto parts store sold you the oil change supplies and made frivolous statements to sell you on the High Mileage oil and the Restore product, its unlikely these products caused your problem.

As others have stated, I am also ASE certified in many disciplines, attended college under automotive, heavy diesel and business studies.

This is what I think happened and I agree with the other experts who commented on your posting...

  • Your engine has 200,000+ miles on it.
  • Did you do an engine flush any time in the past ten years?
  • If the engine was never flushed and you added a solvent based additive.
  • The deposits in the engine were dispersed and flushed into the oil filter, plugging it up until the by-pass valve began cycling.
  • Deposits washed out of the engine that most likely caused the pressure control valve in your oil pump to stick. This is a common problem with Ford 351M engines due to grit in the engine oil. 
  • Clean oil and a new filter fixed the problem as you reported.
I have personally used Restore in my own cars with good results. I use a solvent in my engines once a year to purge the deposits away during an oil change. I also run synthetic oil to keep the crud from building up, these have higher detergent/dispersant packages in them.

This is what happened to my car a few months ago. I have a hateful neighbor, the guy did time and decided it was time for payback for his own bad behaviors... When I was moving, a discovery of dirt was made in my engine oil and other fluids. This dirt sandpapered my engine until it was bad with low compression and burns oil.

  • Several engine flush treatments removed the dirt confirmed by lab reports.
  • Particle counts of the fluids under the hood revealed abrasive material small enough to pass through the filter.  
  • I used 2 quarts of engine oil and a 6-Cylinder can of Restore.
  • After 500 miles of daily driving, the engine stopped using oil and has a little more pep.
This was a positive result from a  snake oil product doing what the label states it does.

Before you try to blame your bad luck on a reputable company, your own neglect may be part of the problem. Did you ever consult with the people who recommended the products resulting in your car trouble? Did you consult with a Ford garage concerning your oil pressure concern on this vehicle? Did you discuss the problems with your vehicle with Customer Service at all three companies for the oil filter, high mileage motor oil and engine restore treatment?

If this product causes engine failure like you reported, the FTC would pull the product off the market under the Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practices Act. This has happened with other products due to their outrageous claims of preventing engine failure.
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#8 Consumer Comment

It wasn't the Engine Restore.. Your oil filter was defective

AUTHOR: madeinhawaii - (United States of America)

Apparently your oil filter was defective and not allowing your oil to circulate properly.  I've used engine restore in my cars and more recently in my compressor with excellent results.  

I have a 2 y/o, 3 hp, 19 gallon Tradespro air-compressor that would no longer compress air beyond 40 psi ... I tried to get piston rings for it from Alltrade but after a lot of runaround was told that they did not have them in stock.  Then I remembered Engine Restore so I made a 50/50 mixture of compressor oil and Engine Restore.  I turned on my compressor and voila!  Instant repair!  It's been working perfectly for two weeks now with no indication of losing any compression.  Hopefully it will last long enough for me to save enough for a new compressor -- one from a company that stocks parts.  While I would not recommend the Tradespro compressor from Alltrade, I certainly would recommend Engine Restore.  
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#9 General Comment

you are wrong

AUTHOR: raven - (United States of America)

To inform you about the use of engine restore could of not cause this what did happen is you use high millage oil and mix it with the engine restore with a cheap oil filter as most shops and even me will use either fram or wix not purolator as that is a cheap filter so what happen is your cheap filter was a defective cause it couldn't filter the oil plus there is no reason to use high millage oil plus the engine restore,             

why do you think that castrol oil makes there own product it's so you do not need to add or use other oil products like engine restore so i do not see how this product ripp you off what i see is some one who failed to read the warnings on the product two someone who is not a certified automotive technician all you have done is assumed since you used engine restore it was cause of your problem and over the yrs i have seen oil filter failures.

what i haven't seen is engine restore do what you claim it has done and i have used this product since it's been around my customers like and i use it as well with no problems what so ever and with more miles than your ford furthermore i am a A S E level 2 certified automotive tech and the first thing is to make sure that there is oil pressure and that it's correct so plain and simple as a oil filter would be replace before dumping the oil to see if that was the problem so for now what you claim to of happen is very unlikely as you have no facts only assumptions cause you are not a certifed automotive technician plus you stated you think so with that being said that's what you get for thinking.
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