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Old 09-11-2009, 08:21 PM   #1
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Marvel Mystery Oil?

I have a neighbor who swears by this stuff. Uses it in his truck, lawn mower, 2 stroke weed whacker, etc. -- some in the gas tank, some as part of his oil changes.

What's the real story on this stuff? Is it really a marvel?

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Old 09-11-2009, 09:11 PM   #2
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I've read lots of stories and they sound about as convincing as Slick 50 commercials.
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:38 AM   #3
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I use it regularly on my boat (which as a 1968 atomic 4) and its great for lay-up and recommissioning, but I don't get the people who want to add it to everything.

I dont use it on the bike.
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Old 09-12-2009, 05:55 AM   #4
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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=500407

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6994

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=491919

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36652

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=358018

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...php?p=10514043

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=362581

These were just the treads that popped up immediately......
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:42 PM   #5
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I've used it for years to lube my air tools. Just a drop in the connector. I've had many of them for twenty + years so I'd say it's fine for air tools. I have no idea where I'd use it on a bike.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:26 AM   #6
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Years ago back when most of the vehicles(cars/trucks) I ran were from the 50's and 60's and folks weren't as anal about oil changes as they are now I used to use it a lot. I'd substitute one pint MMO in every oil change. Great for freeing up sticky lifters. Never used it in a bike though. But agree it's a great lube for air tools too.
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:11 PM   #7
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I've used it for years to lube my air tools. Just a drop in the connector. I've had many of them for twenty + years so I'd say it's fine for air tools. I have no idea where I'd use it on a bike.
Gas and oil maybe? I use it in all my bikes...I will try it in my air tools, sounds like a good idea...
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:14 PM   #8
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Many years ago I worked in the assembly shop at a major chain saw manufacturer. We used MM in the air lines for our air tools and had very few tool problems. It is a great product for that application.
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:40 AM   #9
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A good discussion here including what is in MMO

http://www.rx7club.com/showthread.php?t=689158
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:31 AM   #10
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A good discussion here including what is in MMO

http://www.rx7club.com/showthread.php?t=689158
That was quite the enlightening read. Thanks for the link, biggziff.
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That was quite the enlightening read. Thanks for the link, biggziff.
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:14 AM   #12
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That was quite the enlightening read. Thanks for the link, biggziff.
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FWIW, MMO has been a tradition in our family for a bajillion years, it hasn't hurt anything, the container is cool, and it's cheap so I will keep throwing a tables spoon in the tank of my bike - prolly isn't doing anything, but I reel better!
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:27 AM   #13
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Mmo

Marvel mystery oil makes the air tool oil for Snap-On Tools and other tool mfgs. Heres a thought about oiling your air tools. When do you oil them? Most people say they put a few drops in the air inlet when they are ready to use them. Wrong time! You should oil them right before you put them away. This way they are stored with oil inside instead of moisture from the air line!

MMO is a good product with many uses much like WD40.

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Old 09-17-2009, 05:43 AM   #14
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I have a neighbor who swears by this stuff. Uses it in his truck, lawn mower, 2 stroke weed whacker, etc. -- some in the gas tank, some as part of his oil changes.

What's the real story on this stuff? Is it really a marvel?

<-- snake-oil salesman

Sounds like my dad.. I think he even puts it in his oatmeal...
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:05 AM   #15
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I have a 30 year career as an aircraft mechanic & this question comes up a lot. I contend that it does no harm and may have benefits. MMO is an old time product that was used on radial aircraft engines for an number of reasons.... such as relieving sticky valves (I have seen it work for this). I know more than a few pilots that use it regularly in the fuel & oil (on modern engines), and generally speaking these engines run strong and trouble free, with good compression all the way out to overhaul. I have a collegue that owns an aircraft engine shop & is pro MMO for the above reasons. Notice on the link above that the stated downside to MMO is that it might loosen too much residue. Couldn't it be said then, that if used regularly... you might not have residue in the first place?

At any rate, it is quite popular in avaition even though it is not "approved" (by the FAA). I use it once in a while but am not a fanatic.
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