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  • Report:  #1581

Complaint Review: Prolong Super Lubricants - Anaheim California

Reported By:
- Monrovia, CA,
Submitted:
Thu, March 16, 2000
Updated:
Sat, June 01, 2002

Prolong Super Lubricants
Anaheim, 92806 California, U.S.A.
Web:
N/A
Categories:
Auto Parts

I bought a bottle of Prolong Engine Treatment at Pep Boys after seeing their infomercial on TV. The label reads, "Contains patented formula. US Patent 4,844,825." So, I took a look at the patent. One thing the patent addressed that really concerned me was corrosion.

The infomercial shows Prolong being poured over a nut in a test tube. Then, they apply heat. In a short time, they remove the heat and claim that Prolong does not break down under heat. This is a load of bull.

I did the same thing and Prolong bubbles and boils like a witches brew, turns black, and makes a thick film of crude that covers everything. It is absolutely worthless and can completely ruin an engine.

DO NOT USE this trash.



5 Updates & Rebuttals

Mac

rancho ,
California,
United States
Understand Prolong Engine Treatment

#2Consumer Comment

Thu, April 11, 2019

I have used this product in many vehicles over the years and it works.

It does not:

Fix worn out parts, fix engine damage, or corrode parts. If your engine has a problem this will not fix that. They do not claim to do any of this as well.

 Does not contain any solid particles that could clog anything

It Does:

Bond to metal, and will wear off that metal over time and break down like anything you put in your engine.

Performance last longer then other oil additives because it bonds to the metal and stays where its needed

Uses the oil Only to reach the metal, and works with any oil in that regard

Contains additives specifically to neutralize/reduce corrosion

Help your engine by reducing friction and heat,  Just youtube it and you can see for yourself

 Think of it like preventative maintinence if something goes wrong this can prevent major damage, and you do get a boost in performance as well.  For a new vehicle it can stretch out the service life considerably.

 


HoldOnOneMinute

Dallas,
Texas,
USA
It CAN come in a CAN - but use common sense

#3Consumer Comment

Tue, August 04, 2015

I have used this product and SWEAR by it for years!  At least since the 80's.

I am a car collector and used to do restorations until I lost the use (limited) of my right hand due to nerve damage in my neck.

I was first introduced to ProLong Engine Treatment in the late 70's I believe.

I would set up and buy and sell at Car Swap Meets and every year I would see an older gentleman with a 6 cylinder engine on a stand with NO Oil Pan and a mirror on the table underneath the engine so you could see it had no oil.  He would rev it up all day long in the Texas (Pate Swap Meet) HEAT and let you rev it up!

One day I was able to talk to him and he told me a story about a man that had a 58 Impala that only took it out of the garage on nice Sundays to take it for a drive.  One day his wife was driving and he looked over and saw ZERO oil pressure.

He had her pull over and check to find no oil and further check a rock had hit the oil pan and put a hold in in. No Oil!

He turned the car around a gingerly drove it back home as it was not making any noise.  He saw where the oil had stopped leaking (run out) and followed it all the way to where he saw it first started leaking result of the rock.

Once home he ordered a new oil pan and after the installation there was no apparent damage to the engine!

OK.. so that is heresay.  This is NOT.

I borrowed my step fathers 85 Ford van to go to a convention from Dallas to San Franciso.  Before leaving i changed the oil and put in ProLong.  The place i changed the oild said it hadnt been changed in a a long time and they suggested i change it again in about 500 miles or so.

The van was LOADED down with all my product and display booth to the max!

On the way back i went through Phoenix to check on some customers and the morning to head back to Texas I had the oil changed again and a Fast Lube type place.

Doing 65-75 and sometimes higher (lead foot and tired) I passed through El Paso and pulled over at a rest stop.  A car pulled in behind me and a guy walked up and said "I wondered when you were going to pull over!  I've been following you since the other side of El Paso and you were leaking oil the whole way.  I guess you burned up your engine huh?

I almost died!  My Step Father's van!  But I had heard nothing - no knocking or any indication.

Checked the oil and ZERO.  Checked underneath and the draim plug was GONE.  Son's-a-Bucks didnt put it on tight in Phoenix.

I was closer to the next small town about 15 or 20 miles - didnt have any oil to put in and it wouoldnt do good anyway without the plug so started it up and headed for a garage or parts house.

On the way all cars were diverted to a check point and I would stop the engine and start it several times to get through it.

Back on the road I didnt do 60 and the 15 miles was torture waiting to hear the engine lock up.

I think it was a Sunday because i could only find one place open and it was a small mechanics garage.

Asked if he had an oil drain plug and told him what had happened.

We got the drain plug on and filled it with oil.

He said he was going to step a few steps back away from it for me to start it!  LOL

As I started it up and drove off I looked into the side mirrors and the old guy was just scratching his head. I am sure he thought I was a "loon".

This is a true story and I swear buy it.  Since then several times I had found i was low on oil and concerned but I have always used ProLong and I dont worry about it any more.

This is a true story.  Now, it will not heal a bad engine! So, that I agree with the others' testimony.

But to write a Bad Report like one person because "you don't believe it and You have never used any additive is BS."

And for this person because You can apply heat to something and bubble and burn it only means if you add enough heat you can burn anything!  Did you think of that? 

I would say you just wasted $20 bucks that you should have put into your car's engine instead.

I can say enough good about this product.

OH!  beware of the person selling the Japanese ProLong on Ebay.  I purchased 24 bottles not knowing it was Japanese (she didnt say anything at the time and the writing was half hidden on the box sitting BEHIND the bottle.  I called ProLong and they said the shelf life is 4 years and they hadnt sold the Japanese product in OVER SIX.  So it was at least 6 years old and probably OLDER.

SHAME on ebay. Contacted the for over 8 months and they never took down her auctions.  Ebay is the Rip-Off they protect sleeze sellers because that's where they make their money!  I put them on notice that if I heard of anyone having a problem with using the out of date Japanese product I would testify they had been warned.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me!

Regards

zachary


DAMON

ELMIRA,
New York,
NO MIRACLE COMES IN A CAN

#4Consumer Comment

Sat, June 01, 2002

Having been a mechanic for over 30 years I have never seen any thing that comes in a can that can cure worn out engine parts. More often than not they do more harm than good. I have never used restore but have seen the advertisement mentioned. People should be aware of any infomercial as most use paid testimonials, partisl truth facts, and other advertising gimmicks. When engine parts are worn they need replaced it is that simple. Nothing in a can is going to replace metal that has gotten thinner with age and use. Some additives may help lubricate and give some extra mileage as a result, but beware most times it turns to sludge and just gums everything up and the the lubricating oil can't even get pumped through the engine. Result no more engine. Caveat Emptor.


DAMON

ELMIRA,
New York,
NO MIRACLE COMES IN A CAN

#5Consumer Comment

Sat, June 01, 2002

Having been a mechanic for over 30 years I have never seen any thing that comes in a can that can cure worn out engine parts. More often than not they do more harm than good. I have never used restore but have seen the advertisement mentioned. People should be aware of any infomercial as most use paid testimonials, partisl truth facts, and other advertising gimmicks. When engine parts are worn they need replaced it is that simple. Nothing in a can is going to replace metal that has gotten thinner with age and use. Some additives may help lubricate and give some extra mileage as a result, but beware most times it turns to sludge and just gums everything up and the the lubricating oil can't even get pumped through the engine. Result no more engine. Caveat Emptor.


DAMON

ELMIRA,
New York,
NO MIRACLE COMES IN A CAN

#6Consumer Comment

Sat, June 01, 2002

Having been a mechanic for over 30 years I have never seen any thing that comes in a can that can cure worn out engine parts. More often than not they do more harm than good. I have never used restore but have seen the advertisement mentioned. People should be aware of any infomercial as most use paid testimonials, partisl truth facts, and other advertising gimmicks. When engine parts are worn they need replaced it is that simple. Nothing in a can is going to replace metal that has gotten thinner with age and use. Some additives may help lubricate and give some extra mileage as a result, but beware most times it turns to sludge and just gums everything up and the the lubricating oil can't even get pumped through the engine. Result no more engine. Caveat Emptor.

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