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post #8 of (permalink) Old 5th March 2007
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Snake Oil Additives

Just found out why they're called snake oil - it apparently dates back to the old-west days in the USA when quack medicine sales guys sold so-called potions which were a complete con and scam. There are many good quality oils available today - go to a good reputable motor factors and they can advise you - last time I was able to buy excellent quality oil for 12-00 (5Litre pack). Additives such as the snake oil stuff your talkng about can actually damage the molecular structure of some oils and cause engine damage or excessive wear. Keep it simple - just use a good quality oil and don't forget to change the filter.
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