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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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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?
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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.
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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?
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clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 11:10:57 PM

Most do very little if anything at all
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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! !!
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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
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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.
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ep3guy
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:31:56 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ok
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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.
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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.
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jslessor
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 10:08:18 AM

Does it improve milage?!
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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.
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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!!
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annb22
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 11:24:37 AM

don't use it !
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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.
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Bubba1MI
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 3:21:04 AM

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

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

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

Ya think?
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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.
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Donnade
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:36:30 AM

don't use
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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]
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rampower80
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:35:30 AM

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

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

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

Not me. I totally believe in them.
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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
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Jcookster74
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:32:09 AM

I don't think they boost too much.
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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???
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regasaz
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:30:30 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Old
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howtosave
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:25:36 AM

OLD NEWS.
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riverrising
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:25:34 AM

no addititves... damage you whole engine system... bad thing. I doubt you could get your money back from them,when you have to do complete engine JOB...receipts won't help you..lol

[Edited by: riverrising at 6/30/2014 10:26:02 AM EST]
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Valparaiso
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:24:01 AM

Not efficient.
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