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#3164910 - 10/23/13 12:52 PM Put RESTORE in the old Chevy
Richtrashman Offline


Registered: 10/21/13
Posts: 81
Loc: Southern Ohio
Well I have been wanting to try this stuff for years, but have always been afraid to put it in a decent engine that wasn't using oil to see if it was worth a darn. Changed the oil with peak 5w30 and a cheap Napa filter. This truck uses around a quart every 800 miles(valve seals, maybe more stuff) maybe more depending if I have been working it w/a trailer or not. The stuff came out pretty thick and to my surprise it was kind of a royal blue in color. Got the "v8 formula" so I am following their recommendations(19 oz). Let me say I am not a big additive guy, never use anything else just oil. Any thoughts on this stuff? I will be posting some results as I see em( or lack thereof).btw got it at Wally World for $9.xx. And they have roll back on their maxlife for $16.xx and valvoline synpower for $22.xx
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#3164936 - 10/23/13 01:07 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: Richtrashman]
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Registered: 12/26/05
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Wow, me too.

And it's a good thing you got the V8 formula. Who knows what may have happened had you used the V6 formula, or even worse the in-line 4.

Originally Posted By: Richtrashman
Well I have been wanting to try this stuff for years, but have always been afraid to put it in a decent engine that wasn't using oil to see if it was worth a darn. Changed the oil with peak 5w30 and a cheap Napa filter. This truck uses around a quart every 800 miles(valve seals, maybe more stuff) maybe more depending if I have been working it w/a trailer or not. The stuff came out pretty thick and to my surprise it was kind of a royal blue in color. Got the "v8 formula" so I am following their recommendations(19 oz). Let me say I am not a big additive guy, never use anything else just oil. Any thoughts on this stuff? I will be posting some results as I see em( or lack thereof).btw got it at Wally World for $9.xx. And they have roll back on their maxlife for $16.xx and valvoline synpower for $22.xx
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#3164984 - 10/23/13 01:32 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: Richtrashman]
Miller88 Offline


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Someone around here used it on a similar truck and noticed there was reduced consumption.
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#3164989 - 10/23/13 01:34 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: Richtrashman]
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If you search on here you'll find most seem to think it helps when an engine is on it's last legs. Some evidence also that it will clog your filter, so you might want to change out your filter after 500 miles or so.
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#3165001 - 10/23/13 01:41 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: Richtrashman]
Phishin Offline


Registered: 05/01/12
Posts: 2287
Loc: Indiana
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2897902#Post2897902

Here is a 9 page read on Restore, including two sets of oil filter pics and ICP analysis of the material found in filter.

Here is the bottom line from my experience:
1.) Restore is GREAT at improving compression.
2.) It could help reduce consumption.
3.) If you look in the bottom of your RESTORE can, with a flash light, you'll see actual "particles" in the bottom. Therefore, I change my filter out after 500 miles or so.

The stuff works, no doubt. I'm undecided if it's going to clog my oil filter. I kinda doubt it. I think the "gunk" in my first set of pics was from my dirty engine...not RESTORE.
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#3165004 - 10/23/13 01:43 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: Richtrashman]
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Registered: 05/12/09
Posts: 5271
Loc: Canada
There comes a point in an engines life where such additives have a use.

It's use probably goes against most of what you might hear on this site, but in my experience form the Bad old days, you can likely get another year or so out of an engine on it's last legs, by using stuff like Heavy oil, STP, Lucas, Restore etc.

Stuff that is said to Kill an New engine.

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#3165024 - 10/23/13 02:01 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: KCJeep]
Richtrashman Offline


Registered: 10/21/13
Posts: 81
Loc: Southern Ohio
Thanks for the heads up KC, picked up some cheap QS filters from menards so will do the 500 mi change.
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#3165030 - 10/23/13 02:05 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: kschachn]
Richtrashman Offline


Registered: 10/21/13
Posts: 81
Loc: Southern Ohio
[quote=kschachn]

And it's a good thing you got the V8 formula. Who knows what may have happened had you used the V6 formula, or even worse the in-line 4.[quote=kschachn]

Hahaha true! What if u have a 5cyl? Guess you don't have an option!
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#3165059 - 10/23/13 02:20 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: Richtrashman]
Miller88 Offline


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Loc: Onondaga County
If you have a 5 cyl mix the 4 and 6 cylinder formula!
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#3165136 - 10/23/13 03:26 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: Miller88]
Richtrashman Offline


Registered: 10/21/13
Posts: 81
Loc: Southern Ohio
Originally Posted By: Miller88
If you have a 5 cyl mix the 4 and 6 cylinder formula!


that would be for a V10!
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#3165147 - 10/23/13 03:40 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: Richtrashman]
555 Offline


Registered: 06/08/09
Posts: 265
Loc: New England
Had a Nissan Frontier 4X4 four cylinder that after 180,000 miles started to use a bit of oil/and leak. "Restore" made a difference. After an oil change I let it burn/leak a quart and added it. Yeah I know, I disobeyed the instructions. Still worked. Instead of carrying quarts of oil with me(well, one at least) I just had a can of that stuff. Sold the truck, has 220,000 miles on it now. Maybe I should have kept it. Dog liked it better than replacement!
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#3165161 - 10/23/13 03:52 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: Richtrashman]
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Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 4908
Loc: USA
Restore was created by a guy that had a beater El Camino in California,it burned oil badly and had low compression.He figured if there was a way for the grooves in the cylinder walls to "fill",then the rings would seal better,and make it run better.I guess he had some chemist friend that devised using CSL (copper,steel,lead) in a ground powder form,it would temporarily make a seal.The guy used it in the El Camino and it immediately raised compression and power.This convinced him that it was worth selling mass market because a lot of vehicles smoked.This was broadcast on TNN's Power Block more than a decade ago.

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#3165185 - 10/23/13 04:11 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: Phishin]
Richtrashman Offline


Registered: 10/21/13
Posts: 81
Loc: Southern Ohio
PHISHIN---so I read all 9 of your pages and looked at the pics, what do you think your final answer would be regarding the use of restore? as far as using it ($) every oil change it doesn't bother me much, if I cut down on oil consumption the cost balances out.do you think I should change the filter after 500 or so? also do you think that the combination and the volume of several additives could have caused all the goo in your filters? maybe the particulates were from normal engine breakdown (yours obviously had some!)that was stuck in the sludge of the engine you said was there? not doubting your findings by any means just trying a different p.o.v. thanks in advance
main question would you use it again?
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#3165634 - 10/23/13 10:20 PM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: Richtrashman]
555 Offline


Registered: 06/08/09
Posts: 265
Loc: New England
I didn't know about the filter clogging. I always used a full synthetic motor oil(whatever brand was on sale) when I did oil changes. Granted, winter time I let the it warm up a little longer especially considering how hard that 4 cylinder works in a 4X4 pickup!
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#3165816 - 10/24/13 06:27 AM Re: Put RESTORE in the old Chevy [Re: 555]
Richtrashman Offline


Registered: 10/21/13
Posts: 81
Loc: Southern Ohio
555--- I've had 3 of those nissans, great little 4bangers in those trucks! I worked the [censored] out of em! I heard those engines were so good because the gas block and the Nissan diesel block were the same, don't know if lore or fact but it sounds good! Regardless, good little workhorses! Did u use the restore in it every change, or just when consumption increased?
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