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Old 05-01-2014, 12:01 AM   #1
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BG Fuel and Oil Additives

In listening to the radio of late I've heard several ads for BG automotive products.
A couple of these products interest me a lot. That product is the one that supposedly goes a long way to clean out the fuel, gas, system which results from using gas with Ethanol added. Which is suppose to result in better mpg and more power over all.
My biggest concern is using some sort of additive that will do more harm than good.
So with that has anyone out there had exposure to or used any of the BG products? If so what were your results, if any.
Thanks for the insight.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:03 AM   #2
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I have no personal info on their products. 50 years ago, I would jump at the different additives promising more power, cleaner engines and overall better performance especially the ones giving better mpg. I soon learned that none of them delivered as promised. So, for 40+ years I have not used any and all of the hundreds of engines in our business and personal use have performed as designed without any problems. Personally, I think the greatest benefit of most additives is to make the buyer feel better. I am not a proponent of gas w/ethanol, but it is a cleaner burning fuel, so I question whether any cleaning is needed. But, what do I know?
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:22 AM   #3
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Fuel today has an abundance of 'cleaners' already in there. No additives are necessary, it is just marketing hype to get you to part with your hard earned money. Also, I believe most engine manufacturers reccomended that no oil additives be used.

Use quality fuel, and a good quality oil following your manufacturers recommendations, and your good to go... Pretty much everything else is 'snake oil' !
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BG has been around for a long time, not that that guarantees a superior product.

Question - are you having problems that you believe a supplement will help with?

Some fuel additives will indeed seem to increase power a bit as they can increase the fuel volatility but once gone you are back to square one.

As for MPG - good luck with increasing that with a 10-ton brick travelling at 60 mph.
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Fuel today has an abundance of 'cleaners' already in there. No additives are necessary, it is just marketing hype to get you to part with your hard earned money. Also, I believe most engine manufacturers reccomended that no oil additives be used.

Use quality fuel, and a good quality oil following your manufacturers recommendations, and your good to go... Pretty much everything else is 'snake oil' !
In the FORD dealership I worked at they sold all the BG services/products , I really never believed in it much either. If the products worked as advertised Ford or some other large company would have bought them out and put Ford labels on them. If you needed these services they would be listed in your OEM mainteance shedule which they are not. They do generate alot of labor and materials sales for the seller.
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Having a diesel I don't have to worry about ethanol. However, my feelings are that I use a good quality fuel from a station where they have a big turnover in diesel and I use the manufacturers recommended oil and change it when required. If CAT wanted me to put additives in the engine they would have told me to do so. JMO
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In the FORD dealership I worked at they sold all the BG services/products , I really never believed in it much either. If the products worked as advertised Ford or some other large company would have bought them out and put Ford labels on them. If you needed these services they would be listed in your OEM mainteance shedule which they are not. They do generate alot of labor and materials sales for the seller.
Same here. The dealer I worked for sold BG and then Winns (lyden oil) came in and promised a great product at a cheaper price for the dealer and more profit for the dealer. During the demonstration I pointed out everything that it did not do. They were not happy with me but that stuff was pure junk. The dealer sold it anyways because of the high profit margin for it. Lyden later switched to Gulf products. I hear Winns pulled the contract with Lyden. But also junk. The rep has been trying to sell me these products for the Fleet I manage. They cannot answer any of my technical questions. So basicly this stuff is pure snake oil. I have seen plenty of high mileage engines (well over 100 and 200K miles) that have the same fuel mileage as when they were new. My V8 powered Mercury Mountaineer gets 14.8MPG in city driving with 150K on the clock. Fuel trims are still right where they should be. Ford is and always has been very adamant about no additives to the engine or transmission. The only benefit to using additives like BG is if you buy the vehicle new and use the products they offer a pretty good warranty. I know BG does pay because I have personally rebuilt many transmissions that has been paid by BG. Buy you would want to read the fine print before going that route. The transmission seals in the failed transmissions were pretty much the same. All rubbery like a rubber band and not normal. I have had many transmissions with no additives added with high mileage and they never felt like those seals.

I will not ever add any additive to my engines or transmissions.
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I work in the automotive business, and some of our dealers sell BG products. They are not factory or OEM endorsed, and all they do is "flush" customers wallets. The earlier comments of snake oil sums it up.
Save your hard earned money!
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Thanks everyone for the words of wisdom. Really appreciate the thoughts expressed.

Now I have a whole lot more to think about and consider. Realize it is a whole lot like flipping a coin.

Thanks again.
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