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Old 03-09-2015, 03:57 PM   #1
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I would appreciate knowing whether or not the use of BG products, such as their MOA #110 oil additive, is acceptable as far as Ford drivetrain warranty goes. Is there a list of acceptable additives maintained by Ford? Or does BG have any documentation referencing acceptability by Ford?

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I'll throw this in the MkIII section for argument, since it's not a repair question.

I doubt ANY additives are "approved", Motor Oil meeting the specs. posted in the manual is the requirement.
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Ford only products for Fords, no additives.

They may well work but Ford dealer will grasp at the use of them to void any warranty if they feel the need and common.
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it's actually HIGHLY illegal for them to REQUIRE you use Ford brand anything, since oil and additives are regulated, as long as it's the same spec as what ford reccomends, then you're more than welcome to use it. Now remember, BG products only have warranty if installed by a BG service station, including MOA, CF-5, 44k, etc. So if there IS an issue, which i'm sure there wouldnt be, A)Ford can not decline the warranty repair if they you're using everything to spec, and B)in the event they do decline it, BG will only fix the car if a BG service station installs it.
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I used to work in a Ford shop that was BG Product Certified, I can say that they products they sold are of very good quality and actually worked pretty well. I was most familiar with the induction cleaning, which if done right can knock built-up carbon off the tops of valves and in some cases get rid of engine ticking. We also used a full coolant swap and transmission fluid swap unit from BG that included cleaners that would be added to clean crud out of the systems, usually this meant the customer would come in, we'd add the cleaners, they would drive it for a week and then come back and we'd change out the fluid.

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Motorcraft Synthetic Blend oil is all you really need.......

At one point years ago I was charged for some oil additive that was supposedly put in my car by the dealership during a regular "Works" oil change. I challenged this and they removed the charge for the additive from my bill.

I have yet to see an owners manual that specifies any flushes or "induction cleaning".

Many miles, no problems.
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Manuals will give a Ford product for each purpose, and a spec. that alternative products need to meet. Same for any other brand.

Anything that would look odd in an analysis done after a failure could potentially be a problem IF it gets investigated that thoroughly.


"Extra" additive packages are NOT of any value when normal oil changes are done as recommended.

Imagine that you change your TP roll at home on a schedule, and it never runs out. There's even a warning light for low paper, time to change.

Now put a commercial oversize dispenser in it's place, and don't change the replacement schedule. Any advantage to the 3/4 roll you're now throwing away?

To take it to the extreme, say you go to the Doc. to complain about a sore Butt. Doc says, "don't see any obvious cause, but it's sure irritated. Doing anything different?". Mention the TP roll & he'd say "shucks, you're prob. using it too much with such a large supply avail.". Might have nothing to do with the large roll of TP, but it puts a question out there on a possible cause for the problem.
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