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Fuel and Oil Additives

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  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Try a hotter set of sparkplugs, that has worked for me in the past. Simply take the plugs that you have and up the number portion of the plug identifier one or two (or even three). Back in the 1970s Chevy Vegas were notorious for laying down a smoke screen, and hotter plugs almost always worked to kill off the smoke until the owner was able to have the block bored, sleeved and rebuilt.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,413
    Actually if you do that to obnoxious types of motorcycles, I"ll chip in for your oil! :P

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  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,320
    Agree with the hotter plugs. In addition, change the oil to a heavier weight. If using 10/30, go to a 20/50 weight. Not a fix method of course, but will buy time.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,413
    Don't use any STP-type products if you plan on rebuilding the engine. That stuff really gunks up an engine inside and it'll make the rebuilder pretty mad. :P

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  • misterzzmisterzz Posts: 15
    Thanks! You mean the round "gap gage" thing? (lol, sorry, I only know a little). Make the gap a little more apart on the plugs? Steve
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    No, what we're talking about are different plugs altogether. If you pull your spark plugs out you'll see an alpha-numeric code in the side of the plug; buy another set that has the numeric portion a couple of numbers higher.
  • misterzzmisterzz Posts: 15
    Ok, I got it. Thank you sir. Steve
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    I imagine at some point the OP will have to get the car inspected. I can't imagine it passing the emissions test?
  • misterzzmisterzz Posts: 15
    Its a 95, no testing for it. I'll try the different oil and different plugs. Even if it helps a little, I'll take it. Steve
  • misterzzmisterzz Posts: 15
    I bought this oil (good?) >> GTX 20W-50. $4.40 a quart. I'll get the plugs soon. Steve
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    edited March 2010
    Castrol dino GTX @ 4.40 a quart? Where are you located?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    If your engine is buring as much as it sounds like it's burning, then you really shouldn't spend too much money on oil; pretty much the cheapest stuff they have in the store will do.
  • misterzzmisterzz Posts: 15
    "Castrol dino GTX 4.40 a quart? Where are you located?" >>> Milw., WIS
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    You should check prices at autoparts chains(Pep Boys, Advance, etc), and/or Walmart.

    That's a good oil, but way way high on cost. Last time I bought synthetic at Walmart, it was less than that.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    edited March 2010
    You should check prices at autoparts chains(Pep Boys, Advance, etc), and/or Walmart.

    That's a good oil, but way way high on cost. Last time I bought synthetic at Walmart, it was right at that price point.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,602
    Sounds the best to me assuming the rest of the car is in good shape.

    Trouble is the wrecking yards have become very expensive.

    Don't worry about the guys on motorcycles. It's good for them!

    If you happen to get a motorcycle COP behind you it'll be a different story.

    Seriously, it a cop pulls you over and gives you an equipment violation you will be forced into doing something immediatly.

    330,000 miles, you have done well!
  • misterzzmisterzz Posts: 15
    I hope you guys dont mind me putting this concern here, thank you. The car over heats quite easliy these days (same car, 95 Saturn Wagon). Its only 70 outside and sitting at red lights...I over heat.

    I do have a perfect level of coolant until of course it comes out the overflow, then I put a little more in. I THINK the problem might be the thermostat. What do you guys think, I value your opinion. Are they kind of easy to replace? I guess I could get a buddy to do it. Thanks, Steve
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    Thermostat is the first thing I would replace.

    Don't know about your Saturn in particular, but on many engines the thermostat is near the front/top of the engine, where the big top hose from the radiator connects to. Usually have to drain a bit of the coolant first to keep it from coming out from the thermostat housing.

    Yes, it's definitely a project you should be able to tackle yourself, or with a bit of help.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,602
    I would replace the thermostat. These are cheap and the job shouldn't be too hard.

    Just don't put it in upside down...this happens!

    Also, make sure your electric fan (s) are working too. Pretty common cause of overheating when they stop working.
  • misterzzmisterzz Posts: 15
    Is this true? >>> If you are over heating, put the heat on full blast? Not sure how that would help but I heard that tip years ago. Steve
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