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#2461794 - 12/13/11 08:29 PM Restore engine additive
BlueOvalFitter Offline


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I'm not one to use snake oil additives in engines but my dad has a 93 Lincoln,4.6,that is smoking/burning oil. Before we pull it and replace/rebuild it I was thinking of trying Restore engine additive. Any opinions on this product?
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#2461811 - 12/13/11 08:45 PM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
Radman Offline


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Is that the kit where you put the pellets in the spark plug holes?

If I wanted to keep the car I would rebuild it. If I was selling it I still wouldn't put that stuff in.
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#2461817 - 12/13/11 08:53 PM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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That engine likely just needs valve guide seals. Very common on the early Modular engines.
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#2461820 - 12/13/11 08:56 PM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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The main thing that additive does is thicken up the oil so it doesn't sneak by your worn out piston rings.

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#2461821 - 12/13/11 08:57 PM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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IMHO save those money/time and go straight through an engine rebuild. None of these OTC additives will help an oil-burning engine (only a complete teardown will give you a full story of the engine situation).

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#2461826 - 12/13/11 09:02 PM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: Quest]
Merkava_4 Offline


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Originally Posted By: Quest
(only a complete teardown will give you a full story of the engine situation).


Yeah, like the ring gap will no longer be at its new spec. grin2

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#2461876 - 12/13/11 10:07 PM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: Merkava_4]
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
Originally Posted By: Quest
(only a complete teardown will give you a full story of the engine situation).


Yeah, like the ring gap will no longer be at its new spec. grin2


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#2461966 - 12/14/11 01:40 AM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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I would give this a try:

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp/...RP60033_____BBV

CD2 may also have a no smoke addv

Best to get a high mileage variety of oil on next oil change, and a thicker grade. not sure if 10w40 or 15w40 is too thick for an old ford v8?

I would avoid the additives that have heavy metals like lead; restore might be one of those.
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#2461969 - 12/14/11 02:01 AM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: ueberooo]
Merkava_4 Offline


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Originally Posted By: ueberooo

Best to get a high mileage variety of oil on next oil change, and a thicker grade. not sure if 10w40 or 15w40 is too thick for an old ford v8?


This is a modern day Ford 4.6L that's supposed to be run on 5W-20.
Changing to 10W-40 might split the crankcase clean in half. grin2

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#2462078 - 12/14/11 07:29 AM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Registered: 10/06/04
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The older mod motors run forever on a good quality 5W-30, I would not start using a thicker oil as a band-aid.
Up to 97, they were also prone to valve stem seal leakage. Dunno the mileage on the engine but before you decide a rebuild is needed it may be worth replacing the seals.
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#2462112 - 12/14/11 08:20 AM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Registered: 02/18/11
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If you get a puff of blue smoke at start up it could be valve seals. If you burn more oil on the highway or when accelerating it could be sticky piston rings. Below is why I say this.

Bought a 02 Camry cheap because it had a bad tick, burned a quart every 1500, and needed a new front cat to pass inspection. Puff of blue smoke at startup, burned more oil on the highway or when accelerating. Under the valve cover was a goopy sludgy mess. Using Mobil 1 High Mileage for a couple of OC's (recommended by BITOG members) dropped the oil consumption to 1/2 quart every 5k. Made a believer out of me. Now I run straight M1 5w-30. Would guess sticky rings were mainly responsible because the valve seals still puff at startup (not as bad). So you should try M1 High Mileage for 2 OC's, change the PCV valve, see what happens. As others have stated restore is an old school method of dealing with oil consumption - dont clean it, plug it up more.
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#2462601 - 12/14/11 04:08 PM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: OVERKILL]
SteveSRT8 Offline


Registered: 10/10/08
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Loc: Sunny Florida
Originally Posted By: OVERK1LL
That engine likely just needs valve guide seals. Very common on the early Modular engines.


This is true. My son has a thing for big Lincolns and he had one that began smoking at over 200k miles. It was absolutely fine in every way, except:

Just needed valve seals, cost less than ten bucks to fix.

Also, sometimes oil has accumulated in the intake manifold. Be sure and check this engine carefully. Manifold vacuum gauge and a compression gauge are critical.
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#2464012 - 12/15/11 09:23 PM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Registered: 07/23/08
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before you do a total rebuild check to see it may be the valve seals...

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#2464598 - 12/16/11 03:09 PM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
EricF Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
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Loc: SF Bay Area
Restore works.. realistically it'll last around 2200 miles.
It stopped a 85 camry smokestack into a clean machine.
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#2469027 - 12/21/11 09:08 AM Re: Restore engine additive [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
urrlord Offline


Registered: 09/25/08
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Loc: central ga
It works,at least the CSL(copper ,silver,lead particle) version does.I had an 86 ltd v-6 with varying cylinder compression that resulted in a "lumpy" idle.A can of restore levelled out the idle quite bit.I was happy as the car was not worth a rebuild.

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