Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dave asks: In my area at least, Seafoam is the gasoline additive to use. But I just noticed a half empty container of Lucas upper cylinder lubricant on my bench. Cheaper to use than Seafoam. I wonder if you have an opinion??
I have all old vehicles with old engines. which all sit quietly for extended periods, periodically. Did not realize the possible damage till I read this article.
My reply: I have used Lucas in the past and have always been happy with their products, especially their gear lube. I recently used it to refill the gearbox in an old Toyota truck – my neighbor lady’s truck – and the transmission went from being difficult to shift when cold or hot to easy to shift all the time.
I have no personal experience with Seafoam but have never heard anything bad about it. The Seafoam gas additive has a fuel stabilizer as well as upper cylinder lubricant. That ought to be a good deal for older (carbureted) vehicles especially.
I think using either won’t cause any problems based on that and based on the fact that both have been around for decades – which is usually a good sign.
I will try to contact them (Seafoam) and see whether I can get some samples to try and if they do send ’em, I’ll do that – and report!
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