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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2014 12:08:58 PM

Do fuel additives really work? In a GasBuddy survey, nearly 8,500 respondents doubted how well fuel additives worked in their experience, while 10,000 said they don't use such additives. 
The results indicate a mixed bag, with 56%, or 4,717 responses, responding that fuel additives made no difference in their experience. 18% or 1,510 respondents said they experienced varied results, while 2% or 189 said they thought the additives made their car run worse than it was before they used the fuel additives. 
That leaves just under a quarter of respondents users happy using fuel additives, or 24%- some 2,076 motorists- saying they felt that additives made their car run better....

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shaun_smith10
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 12:32:32 PM

I use em couldn't tell ya if they work tho
linku2gasbuddy
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 8:53:22 PM

Additives. What a sales job. It doesn't help!
kbcoach
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 10:16:06 AM

Let's see.... I was once told by an industrial chemist that I could offset the bad effects of ethanol in the gas by using up to 5% diesel fuel in my gas powered truck. Tried it and it ran no worse than I could tell. SO.... if a big company tells you that a small can of their stuff will work, how can you tell???
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 7:16:44 PM

Some work and some dont it if your going to use an additive do your research on the particular one you want to use so you don't waste your money.
kbcoach
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2014 9:49:02 PM

I have used additives to clean up old gas problems in outboards and small engines. But why would you need to put an additive into a vehicle that is running OK?
bobcatfan
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 10:28:50 PM

Over the counter additives can help if you've been using dirty fuel. Added detergents can help clean injectors. Otherwise, they are generally a waste of money.
DAWONGUY
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 3:24:34 PM

Been trying a fuel additive from Lucas Oil. Haven't seen a noticeable improvement yet. Is there an "adjustment" period before noticing any real changes? How many tanksful?
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 11:10:57 PM

Most do very little if anything at all
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 11:57:26 AM

You just don't know what works and what doesn't! !!
nanabee14
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 12:51:57 AM

of course there's gonna be a certain amount of skepticism keeps folk honest
Houckster
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 5:34:12 PM

I believe some additives do provide a real benefit. I've been using PRI-G for years it does make the engine work better. I've also experimented with Ethanol Defense. I've been using a combination of acetone/xylene for about 10 years.
ep3guy
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:31:56 AM

Ok
xbAG
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 8:47:30 PM

I have never tried an additive.
JOHNJOEYJOE
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 6:41:28 AM

Just another rip-off.
midorishonen
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2014 3:04:14 AM

I don't notice a difference.
Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 2:02:59 AM

Check better...
gasmask78
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 1:07:04 AM

?
gasmask78
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 1:06:49 AM

Maybe
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 6:58:46 AM

jowa: no one said you have to use them.
Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 2:07:04 AM

is there proof
jowa
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 10:24:31 PM

additives are mostly a joke
ronman2012
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 8:39:18 PM

Ok
blindsideblitz
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 6:49:09 PM

I use Marvel Mystery Oil. It helps keep the fuel system clean and you can also use it to clean out the oil sludge.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 12:00:52 AM

jslessor: no, but it improves longevity of any parts that come into contact w/ ethanol, like rings and other pieces.
jslessor
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 10:08:18 AM

Does it improve milage?!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 6:58:44 AM

StarTron helps any ICE that's not made for flexfuel use.
yanges
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 7:41:14 PM

I use chevron fuel injector cleaner and my feel it helps keep my xB running Great!!
annb22
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 11:24:37 AM

don't use it !
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 5:53:06 AM

Bummer: you've been here long 'nuff to know that PD is never writing news, but always GB opinion blogs or rehashing someone else's news.
Bubba1MI
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 3:21:04 AM

This is old news bla bla bla
BummerMan
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 4:05:05 PM

Repeat - old news.
NotmeuQc
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 11:39:07 AM

Thanks for the info.
mpsan
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:37:12 AM

Ya think?
dieselgus1
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:36:54 AM

i will buy a cleaner once in a great while but..im not sure it does much honestly.
Donnade
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:36:30 AM

don't use
walkit1
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:35:46 AM

I think the help clean engine. Once a quarter i put Techron in the tank and seems to really help. Not a do all end all.

[Edited by: walkit1 at 6/30/2014 10:38:52 AM EST]
rampower80
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:35:30 AM

Usually a waste of money.
hvyd1
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:34:23 AM

older
redhornet
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:33:27 AM

old
WillyG
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:33:19 AM

Not me. I totally believe in them.
Soglaos
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:32:37 AM

Old Story Watch Discovery channel they have completed a complete story on additives on a Myth Busters episode
Jcookster74
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:32:09 AM

I don't think they boost too much.
INBwana
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:31:18 AM


4th day of this postinf. Does PD read the same paper 4 days in a row???
regasaz
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:30:30 AM

Really old article............
GorillaMN
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:30:24 AM

Yawn
unicornpmb
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:30:22 AM

Throwing money away.
Johnny907
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:30:22 AM

Very old
chrisd552
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:28:31 AM

Don't waste my money on them...
ModelWarships
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:28:15 AM

repeat snake oil story
rrs517
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:27:11 AM

A waste of money
meatmac
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:26:20 AM

Old
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