Unleaded fuel additive in an 'F' reg ?

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  1. Monty

    Monty Read Only Funster

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    When I bought my 1989 Autosleeper Talisman the other day, the chap I bought it from said ''and there's your lead fuel additive for when you fill up with unleaded''. I'm a bit young to remember what year lead was removed and what year manufacturers changed the engine spec etc. Do I need this additive, and if it's not required, why was he adding it, is there any advantage to adding it, even if it's not necessarily needed ?
     
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    Saves burning the valves out as unleaded is whats on the tin........ no lead added so you add it as the older engines dont like unleaded fuel.

    Peter
     
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    I am old enough to remember that :Eeek:f you have a pre-1992 vehicle it's important that you find out whether or not it can run on Regular Unleaded petrol which is the normal grade sold in the UK. As your vehicle is 1989 and the previous owner used an additive I would suggest that it does need it - you could do some research on the engine to establish what sort of valves and valve seat is has but on a vehicle that you have not owned from new there is no tellings what had happened in its life - you could find that at some time it has had a replacement / second hand engine or a replacement head. The only way to be sure is to take the head off and send it away to a specialist for checking and or replacing the head for a unleaded conversion unit - either way I guess it is lot more expensive do that than keep putting in the additive Lead replacement fuel was withdrawn in about 2000 as its sales slumped to uneconomical levels so additives are now the only option
     
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    What Landy said. It depends very much which engine it is. My MH is a Talbot Express which has a Peugeot engine from late 70's but I have never seen any reference to it needing fuel additive.
     
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    Hi,
    I had a Talbot rambler 1988 2.0 petrol, drove it around the UK and france. Never put anything other than standard unleaded in it, didnt seem to do it any harm!
     
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