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What Are Oil Additives? Do Oil Additives Improve Your Car's Performance?

Snapshot: Various types of additives are available in the Indian market for both petrol and diesel vehicles. These additives have various functions such as cleaning the fuel injectors, prevention of corrosion in fuel lines or fuel tank, emissions reduction, reduced knocking and easing out cold starts.

Most car users know about and use fuel additives. These additives are compounds which can enhance the performance of the car’s engine by improving the quality and efficiency of the fuel. Various types of additives are available in the Indian market for both petrol and diesel vehicles. These additives have various functions such as cleaning the fuel injectors, prevention of corrosion in fuel lines or fuel tank, emissions reduction, reduced knocking and easing out cold starts. 

The octane boosters make sure that the combustion of the fuel is done much more easily, thus increasing the performance of the engine. However, it is necessary to remember that using the octane boosters in your regular car is not really going to improve its performance, as these are helpful only in the case of cars which adhere to high performance and use high octane fuel and thus can take the advantage of the octane boosters. In India, high performance fuels are not really available everywhere and thus, octane boosters are really helpful. 

Engine Oil Additives
The engine oil additives are primarily used to boost the lubricating power of the engine oil, hence reducing the friction and thus improving the overall performance of the engine. Considerable reduction of friction also can help to considerably elongate the overall life of the motor. Moreover, these additives also prevent the build-up of sludge in the engine and also increase the life of the engine oil. These can also help improve the engines functioning in extreme weather and load conditions. However, high sulphur additives can reduce the fuel efficiency and also damage the catalytic converters of the engine. Also, there are some detergent additives which usually work against other additives that help in reducing friction. 

Gear Oil Additives
Friction reduction on gears is highly important for smooth shifts. It can also improve the life of the gearbox. Again, as there is no pump to circulate the oil inside a manual gearbox, gear oils have to have the ability to stick on to rotating gears. Gear oils, thus have extreme pressure additives which allow the gear oil to properly lubricate the exterior of the gears without creating air bubbles even under high pressure in between contacting rotating gears. In order to keep these lubricating properties in place, the gear oil additives improve the heaviness or stickiness of the oil. This essentially helps in reducing the friction as well as heat resulting in the smoother functioning of the gear lever, it also facilitates less wear and accounts for low maintenance costs. Synthetic gear oils are alternatives to gear oil additives. There are various sorts of gear oil additives available in the market for manual or automatic transmissions.

Radiator Additives
The radiator additives are primarily used to enhance the ability of the coolants to keep the car’s temperature in check in extreme weather or drive conditions. These help enhance heat dissipation, and thus prevents the corrosion inside the radiator lining, and they also act as acid neutralizers. 

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