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#1620968 - 10/05/09 09:45 AM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: KLowD9x]
bigmike Offline


Registered: 06/05/09
Posts: 3239
Loc: Florida
On my truck I've used it to quiet down a lifter tick (or I'm assuming it was a lifter ticking). Usually got it after running cheap gas (or Hess gas) and it seemed to always make it go away. I typically use MMO though.
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#1621574 - 10/05/09 08:20 PM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: bigmike]
elwaylite Offline


Registered: 06/09/04
Posts: 488
Loc: Theodore Al
Lucas worked great for smoothing out the engine. At a certain persons recommendation, ive moved to FP+
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#1622238 - 10/06/09 10:38 AM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: elwaylite]
mechtech2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
I use Lucas UCL for the same reasons as MMO and 2 stroke oil in the gas.
Start with the fuel pump - they like lube. Same for injector parts, valve guides, valve face sealing, and ring sealing. Any cleaning is a plus, as is better fuel burning characteristics.
Lucas is kinda high priced, but larger bottles are acceptable.

We may not feel a difference, but extra protection won't be felt.

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#1622254 - 10/06/09 10:51 AM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: mechtech2]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 14339
Loc: Niagara Falls, ON, CA (near)
You can buy the Lucas in a big jug and it's very affordable like that. I think it works out to be $0.04 per fill up for me.
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#1622606 - 10/06/09 03:50 PM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: StevieC]
ADFD1 Offline


Registered: 04/05/09
Posts: 1714
Loc: CA.
This is the time of the year to start using a UCL if you aren't already using one. Winter mix of gas, colder temps, can all add up to problems and additional engine wear. My father and a buddy I communicate with via PM here both agree that a slight OD during the winter time is a good idea. With all the cold start engine wear we talk about, a thin layer of oil in the cylinders is probably a good idea. JMO
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#1622616 - 10/06/09 03:55 PM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: ADFD1]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 14339
Loc: Niagara Falls, ON, CA (near)
It should be used year round... In the winter for the reasons you specified and in the summer to keep the valve and rings cooler.
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#1622620 - 10/06/09 03:59 PM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: StevieC]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 25374
Loc: NY
I use it year round and am one of those guys that goes a little heavier on the winter mix. MPG's are going to take a hit in the winter anyway so why not add a little more MMO to the gas?
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#1623718 - 10/07/09 03:45 PM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: demarpaint]
ziggy Offline


Registered: 08/08/05
Posts: 1319
Loc: stamford, CT
Ive been using lucas UCL in my 95 neon, for good 4 years now, on and off, between MMO. In my car, ive ntoiced a quieter smoother engine, IF i use about 4 ozs per 10 gallons, not 3 ozs, as directions say. I do not have any fuel savings, sad to say, wtih or without lucas ucl. Using MMO, my engine likes it alot! Much faster and way smoother start ups with MMO. I do not know if the MMO cleans as good as lucas UCL says it does though...
i Use lucas in the summer, and fall through winter, go wtih MMO.

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#1624897 - 10/08/09 04:11 PM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: ziggy]
JGKC9AYC Offline


Registered: 04/07/05
Posts: 64
Loc: Southern IL
I've got a Subaru Outback wagon.
It's got a "sack" on the fuel pump for a filter.
The parts guy told me I should run an injector cleaner through it about every 6 months since the filter is pretty much non-replaceable (unless the fuel pump goes out, then the new fuel pump will have the new filter).
I've got a bottle of Lucas in the garage. It says it an UCL + injector cleaner.
Is this the same thing this thread is about?
Is it a "snake oil" or no?

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#1624932 - 10/08/09 04:44 PM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: StevieC]
tom slick Online   sleepy


Registered: 05/26/03
Posts: 8997
Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
Quote:
valve guides, valve face sealing, and ring sealing...
and
It should be used year round... In the winter for the reasons you specified and in the summer to keep the valve and rings cooler.


Please explain this phenomena.
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#1624958 - 10/08/09 05:06 PM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: ziggy]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 25374
Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: ziggy
Ive been using lucas UCL in my 95 neon, for good 4 years now, on and off, between MMO. In my car, ive ntoiced a quieter smoother engine, IF i use about 4 ozs per 10 gallons, not 3 ozs, as directions say. I do not have any fuel savings, sad to say, wtih or without lucas ucl. Using MMO, my engine likes it alot! Much faster and way smoother start ups with MMO. I do not know if the MMO cleans as good as lucas UCL says it does though...
i Use lucas in the summer, and fall through winter, go wtih MMO.


I had similar results and like MMO better. I also think it does a better job cleaning. It's better all around IMO.
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#1626220 - 10/09/09 07:21 PM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: mechtech2]
chad8 Offline


Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 1316
Loc: michigan
Originally Posted By: mechtech2
I use Lucas UCL for the same reasons as MMO and 2 stroke oil in the gas.
Start with the fuel pump - they like lube. Same for injector parts, valve guides, valve face sealing, and ring sealing. Any cleaning is a plus, as is better fuel burning characteristics.
Lucas is kinda high priced, but larger bottles are acceptable.

We may not feel a difference, but extra protection won't be felt.


+1
I have used seafoam ,lucas , tectron, krex, mmo, ether , acetone ,evinrude, and b-g fuel system cleaners for 20+ years. Million miles driven on many vehicles and not one fuel system problem, never changed a fuel filter , pump ,injector, etc.
I have never fouled a spark plug
I have found a 1+ mpg highway improvement on certain vehicles.
I do not use these products very often . maybe every 5-10 tank fills. I have 4-5 vehicles at any one time. Too expensive. I will use it in the first tank of a long trip combined with an oil change. I believe they work best on long highway trips. the oil changes May explain the mileage increase but sometimes it is without the oil change.
bought a quart bottle of lucas at an estate sale recently for .50 .
I use them mainly as an fuel line and injector cleaner with ucl being a secondary addition
If you do not believe the need for them ,then why do all motor companies such as Ford, Chrysler , g.m. , Evinrude, Honda , Harley , Yamaha , etc , etc, all sell their own versions and tell their technicians to use them.
I have a can of Evinrude fuel system cleaner i bought , that is from the 70's .It was sealed. I use it in my mowers. strong stuff but works great. There is a reason and a season for them . Used sparingly ,they are a great addition to a maintenance program.

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#1626539 - 10/10/09 06:25 AM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: chad8]
Turk Offline


Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 9103
Loc: MN
Nuff said.
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#1630839 - 10/13/09 11:01 PM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: stenerson]
Dupree Offline


Registered: 05/17/07
Posts: 449
Loc: Utah,Vernal (oil land)
well I'll bite I use Lucas UCL, my car was on lucas pretty much its whole long life (376,000). No rebuilds hmmmm oh yeah its not all just for the engines sake, how many fuel pumps has everybody put in leprosy as she became know for obvious reasons fell apart (died from cancer) with the original fuel pump......oh by the way it was just a lowly 1989 ford escort.
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#1633109 - 10/15/09 07:20 PM Re: Lets talk about Lucas UCL [Re: Dupree]
ziggy Offline


Registered: 08/08/05
Posts: 1319
Loc: stamford, CT
Thiers a season for the 2 MMO and lucal UCL, that is what i have discovered my self, but again, ive noticed zero mileage improvements, in fact, im burn more fuel! When using lucas! slightly more with MMO, but then again, i do alot, of stop n go traffic too. I do get very nice start ups using lucas, and has keep my eninge very quiet...
I like to use

in winter, compared to lucas. MMo gave me smooth and very quick start ups, in dead of january winters, where around mek, at night, its usualy 10 - 12 degrees F. Lucas wasnt as good..at least in my application. Being thiers a season for MMO and lucas, how many others here use MMO in winter and lucas in summer? reverse?

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