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Old 02-17-2010, 01:20 PM   #1
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Default Auto-Rx

I recently got a 2005 Saturn Ion from my aunt who has moved to a retirement community, it looks like there is some junk in the valvetrain, she told me that she was not good at getting oil changes done, the car has 50,000 miles and she has had the oil changed about 5 times.

Is auto-rx worth the price of $27.00 a bottle, I remember visiting BITOG awhile back and they were always talking about the product, now they hardly even mention it. Did auto-rx fall out of favor on BITOG for some reason.

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Old 02-17-2010, 01:32 PM   #2
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Wrong Forum!!! This is the S-series section. Ion is...over thereeeeee.

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Old 02-17-2010, 01:41 PM   #3
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I wouldn't be surprised if that is what the OLM called for.. A lot of people run regular conventional oil 10k miles and do not have problems.

I personally wouldn't.... But hey.

I suggest running Pennzoil Platinum or Ultra, or M1 High Mileage for a while, it should clear anything up nicely.

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Old 02-17-2010, 01:46 PM   #4
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I wouldn't be surprised if that is what the OLM called for.. A lot of people run regular conventional oil 10k miles and do not have problems.

I personally wouldn't.... But hey.

I suggest running Pennzoil Platinum or Ultra, or M1 High Mileage for a while, it should clear anything up nicely.
Sorry about posting in the wrong section, so maybe the Pennzoil Platinum or Ultra will do a better job of cleaning things up than auto-rx.

I will try to pick up the Pennzoil Platinum the next time I go to Wal-Mart.

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Old 02-17-2010, 03:19 PM   #5
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meh, add a quarter can of sea foam to the crank case (not through the valve train but right into the crank case) and run the motor for a bit (a short drive around the block should be enough) then change the oil. it should be fine, just monitor the oil and when it get dark change it for the first few times to help clean it out a bit better. oh and use a purlator pure one filter, never fram.

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Sorry about posting in the wrong section
While you're here, do a search... someone did the Rx thing to try and tackle his oil-burning issue - Jerry something? I think the upshot was that although he thought it was working and stuff was a lot cleaner (I think he took off his cam cover and took pictures), it really didn't change his oil consumption. If you're just wanting to clean up the valvetrain, it should do that.

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Old 02-17-2010, 05:33 PM   #7
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Old 02-17-2010, 06:12 PM   #8
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I will send him a PM, I was reading a thread on BITOG in the Oil Additive Section called Paid Posters For Auto-Rx, seems some members were given free product to hype up auto-rx.

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Old 02-17-2010, 06:24 PM   #9
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Auto-Rx will work but it is going to take awhile. It is a slow acting process. If the oil consumption is 1qt/1000miles or less then it is not going to make a large impact. If you are close to 1qt/2000 miles it will help.

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I have always been very suspicious of Auto RX. Though there are some who swear buy it. My initial suspicions occur when reading the instructions...which basically tell you to keep buying it and pouring it in...forever. In the OP's situation, extremely GOOD maintenance will probably go further to undo neglect at only 50k miles. Do the next 2 or 3 changes at 3k miles regardless of what the OLM says, and use a high quality synthetic or synthetic blend. That'll probably do just the trick and at the same or less cost. You might want to take a serious look at the air filter too..I'd bet its OEM unless auntie got upsold at Jiffy lube those 5 times.. (and it might still be even if she was... )

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My initial suspicions occur when reading the instructions...which basically tell you to keep buying it and pouring it in...forever.
Doesn't any additive, regardless of brand or type, for the most part, push this fact anyway?

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Auto-Rx is an ester based oil. You can use a ester based synthetic engine oil and accomplish the same thing. The synthetic ester lubricants have a high cleaning/solvent action on the varnishes formed by conventional dino oils. That is why the Auto-Rx works.

If you are not burning oil using a PAO synthetic, which is commonly available or an ester based synthetic (not as easy to find, yet) is the way to go.

If you go the Auto-Rx route just run 2 bottles of the stuff and then switch to synthetic. By the end of 2 bottles you will have got all the good out of it and using a synthetic will maintain and possibly enhance the cleaning you accomplished.

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Old 02-18-2010, 07:57 AM   #13
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http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f2/how-...e-flush-12364/
http://yotatech.com/f2/how-clean-out-sludge-134123/

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Well I just called and talked to the Toyota dealership about sludge removal and he said by far that AFT fluid in the oil for 20-30 min (at idle) or so is the cheapest best way to clean sludge. He said that the amount of detergents in it is VERY high and won't hurt your motor unless you get crazy with it. (About half a bottle he said.)
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I have used ATF in my crankcase with great results!

Add 1/2 qt of ATF (any kind) and drive for 100 miles or so. Do a standard oil and filter change.

I've had old engines that start to have all of the old engine noises (rattleing lifters, etc) Did the ATF cleanse and no more noises, engine ran better also. I have had vehicles that I needed to do it a few times a year. 5 years doing this on one engine with no problems.
A lot of people use ATF as a flushing oil successfully. I would pour in a quart and leave it for an entire oil change cycle.

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Well, people have managed to trash engines by running ATF in the oil. The problem is you really do not notice the damage for quite a while and the amount of damage is a function of the actual bearing loading.

Just keep in mind that the Engine Overhaul in a Can has not been invented yet.

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