Why and how to use fogging oil
The proper use of fogging oils like STA-BIL ® Fogging Oil can help to protect your engine while it is in storage or not being run for a period of time. Classic cars, lawnmowers, boats, and other motorized vehicles are frequently stored for part of each year. Fogging oil provides a cheap and easy way to protect your investment while it is in storage. If you are unfamiliar with fogging oils then here a breakdown for you.
During storage, oil and lubricants in the engine can drain away from critical engine components, leaving them dry and susceptible to corrosion. This can occur in as little as 30 days. This process may result in cylinder scuffing when the engine is started again after being taken out of storage. Fogging oils like STA-BIL ® Fogging Oil work by coating internal engine components like the cylinder, pistons, and valves with a protective, anti-corrosive compound that keeps the internal engine parts lubricated to prevent corrosion and cylinder scuffing.
The proper use of fogging oils can vary slightly between applications, but the steps are similar in every case. Fogging oil is used during preparations for engine storage. The fogging oil may be sprayed into the air intake while the engine is running, as well as directly into the cylinder after the engine is stopped, to coat the cylinder, piston, and valves in order to prevent corrosion. Fogging oils may be used in conjunction with fuel stabilizer as part of a comprehensive routine to prepare an engine for safe storage.
To learn more about STA-BIL ® Fogging Oil and other automotive products, including the proper use of fogging oils for your automobile engine, please see our FAQ page where we provide auto maintenance information. The process for preparing your boat engine for storage, including how to use fogging oil in a marine application, is detailed in our Boat Winterizing Checklist. The process for preparing your lawnmower engine for storage is explained in our Lawnmower Storage Checklist.
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