Additives:  Snake Oils or Super Solutions?

The 70’s & 80’s were full of exploration and adventure in music, styles, and automotive concepts.  Unfortunately, for every success, there were scores of disasters. Oil additives were not an area of exception. Teflon, kerosene, various “powders”, all seemed to get their day in the limelight. What wasn’t as well-published were the clogged oil filters, damaged bearings, and toxic contamination that followed most of them.  These were usually intended for cars, but heavy equipment always prospers (or suffers) from the same “technology” as the automotive industry.

Fortunately, there were actually some people who were willing to pursue excellence and to invest time and money in solving the problems of lubrication performance. 

Recently, I found a breakthrough product that held promise, but truth be told, I’m pretty jaded about product claims. I assume snake oil until results prove otherwise. When I heard about  Modern Spartan Industries, I wanted PROOF. Not claims, I wanted to see results! I asked for samples and lab results. They promptly provided both.  I tested two products extensively myself. First I tried out the Carbon Destroyer. This originated as a cleaning agent for elite firearms operators and was used to clean anti-tank cannons, but carbon buildup in that industry is the same culprit for many fouled engines.  I tested it first on a corroded, carbon-fouled  bolt action on a WW2 British .303 rifle. It was a safe bet, because I had nothing to lose. The bolt had seen every common gun cleaner, solvent, and lubricant you can imagine. It was beyond hope as far as I was concerned.  I put it in a small Ziploc bag with about 2 tablespoons of Carbon Destroyer and threw it in the back of my truck. When I got to my destination, I pulled it out and was surprised by two things: First, the colour of the liquid was dark orange. Rust and carbon hidden inside the bolt had obviously dissolved and were in suspension. Second, I tested the action of the bolt. It worked flawlessly! I was intrigued and decided to test it further. I repeated the test with some old carbon-fouled spark plugs that had long since passed serviceable condition. When I pulled them out, they were shiny, with the insulators clearly white again.  

I decided the other product was worth testing also.

 

I added TVT Green to the engine oil of a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban 4×4, with high mileage and the famous piston slap on cold start up. My goal was to see if it increase mileage from reduced engine friction. It increased from 14 MPG to 16 MPG.  Solid results. The real surprise to me though was that the start-up piston slap DISAPPEARED! I wasn’t expecting that, but it made sense. That critical start-up period had reduced friction and that promises well for long term engine life. I’ve checked into other long-term tests in highway trucks, equipment, railway tooling, etc. The results are consistent and long-term. It flat out performs. I wanted to find out how and why these results happen. It comes down to metallurgy. Magnification shows it binds with the imperfections of the metal on a microscopic level. The result? Surface friction is drastically reduced. 

I’ve started working with Modern Spartan Industries to get this information out to my readers, and they generously offered a discount that I can pass along.  If you go to Modern Spartan Systems and use the coupon code ” equippro” you can get 15% off anything you order. If you are looking for solid results that save engines and money, try out their TVT Green

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Whatever you do, make sure you don’t pay more that you need to. Use the code “equippro” to save 15%. After you’ve tested it yourself, comment below with your own results.

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