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Has anyone used either slick50 or Duralube on their mx6 more specifically their V6? If so how was it? I'm thinking about treating mine in a couple of days when I get my oil changed. I figure that the car will benifit from the reduced friction especially clod winter starts. Let me know what you people think.
 

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Don't do it!

Save your money. There is no reduced friction benefits from this stuff (Slick 50). Dupont, the maker of PTFE ("Teflon") has not endorsed the use of Teflon particulate as Blue Coral (Slick 50s maker) is doing. During cold conditions, the PTFE can fall out of suspension and coagulate into a semi-solid mass in the oil pan, that can clog the oil pickup.

As to claims the PTFE bonds to the cylinder walls and reduces friction, ask yourself this: why can't you use metal utensils in a non-stick frying pan? The bond that PTFE forms with the metal of the pan is tenuous at best and easily damaged by abraision. Just like a piston and rings will do. Besides, the conditions required to form that bond in the first place are not present in a piston engine.

Blue Coral was involved in a $20,000,000 class-action lawsuit and were banned by a US Federal Trade Commission from making claims that Slick 50 reduced engine wear, bettered fuel economy and reduced running temps because there is no proof any of that is true. They agreed to pay the $20E+06 in punitive and other damages.

Duralube is headed in the same direction. Car & Driver did a test, repeating Duralube's famous "no oil" test and found their engines lasted just 11-seconds without oil. The same Federal Commission has been forwarded the test results and are looking into similar action against Duralube.

If these snake-oils were as good as they say; if they bettered fuel economy, if they reduced wear etc, every car-maker, every single fleet company, taxi company, police, fire, aircraft and Gawd-only-knows what other engine makers/users would be recommending the stuff. They don't.

The best reasonable protection you can get is to switch to a grade of oil that suits your climate (in Canada for instance, we switch to 5W30 or lower for winter and 10W30 or so in summer), use a synthetic like Mobil 1 and change the oil and filter frequently and keep the engine in a good state of tune. Do that, and your engine will last forever...
 

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Thanks Mike

Thanks for the advice mike, I was hoping you'd reply. ;) What you've said makes sense.
 

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additives

dear friend,

if you are looking for an additive...go take a look at chevron techron...it is really good stuff...it cleans the valves out and the fuel injectors. if you buy it don't use it every 3,000 miles as it says on the bottle.

cheers,

Anthony
 
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Re: Don't do it!

Mike 94PGT said:
If these snake-oils were as good as they say; if they bettered fuel economy, if they reduced wear etc, every car-maker, every single fleet company, taxi company, police, fire, aircraft and Gawd-only-knows what other engine makers/users would be recommending the stuff. They don't.

The best reasonable protection you can get is to switch to a grade of oil that suits your climate (in Canada for instance, we switch to 5W30 or lower for winter and 10W30 or so in summer), use a synthetic like Mobil 1 and change the oil and filter frequently and keep the engine in a good state of tune. Do that, and your engine will last forever...

The above is what "my old man" has always told me. He laughed one day a few years ago when he saw me putting Slick 50 into my car at the time. He then mentioned the taxi cab example that Mike brings up. It seems there sure are a LOT of snake oils out there these days, and it's good to know we can go to mx6.com to ask some really savvy car techies. Cool.
 
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RED LINE

I use Red Line synthetic in my car and it does wonders for me, plus I drive liek a madman it's a litlle pricey about $13.50 CAN. a bottle but it does a wicked job.
 
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