RVS Technology is replicating a radical experiment their parent company in Europe performed, running a car without engine oil for as long as possible supplemented with their proprietary engine treatments.
Honda Pro Jason, Honda Brand advocate and car enthusiast, shared something almost unbelievable on Facebook earlier today (Oct. 4,2019) HPJ’s come across a high-mileage 2000 Honda Civic Sedan DX with the D16Y7 engine that’s been purposely drained of all its oil and run for over 1,800 miles and counting bone.dry.
Check out the amazing photos for yourself below.
The company sponsoring this Honda Civic’s endeavour sans oil is RVS Technology USA, a coating technology company that’s bottled their patented Triboceramic technology for all sorts of consumer cars, trucks, SUVs, and anything with an engine.
Their Triboceramic technology is also a cure-all for worn out power-steering systems and transmissions.
According to RVS,
RVS Technology® is a technique that has the capacity to form a Triboceramic surface structure on metal friction contact zones (metal-ceramic), while the mechanism is in it’s normal productive operation…The new surface structure takes place autoreactively, without disassembling the equipment being restored.
RVS USA isn’t hiding anything with this bog-standard Honda Civic and is documenting major mileage milestones of the Honda Civic on their Youtube page.
Most notable is them draining all the oil at a quick lube center.
Before they embarked on their journey, RVS did treat this Honda’s engine with three engine treatments. At $60 a bottle for gasoline engines up to 6 quarts, if you wanted to replicate this experiment, you’d have to spend $180.
Watching a handful of their videos on this one of a kind Civic, coincidentally daily driving almost the same car, the car drives, shifts, and sounds as healthy as ever.
We should note that this Civic, according to an RVS rep on Audizine, is running without a thermostat. Thermostats regulate the flow of coolant in an engine and open and close after reaching a certain operating temperature. Without a thermostat, this Honda Civic engine would run much cooler and reaching operating temperature takes substantially longer.
Also, according to my Honda Civic manual, total engine oil capacity is 4.5 quarts with a drain and refill including filter is only 3.8. So, while RVS technically did drain all they could, only if they sucked everything out, there’s still .7 quarts of oil left behind in the nooks and crannies of that D-series.
So, is this experiment legit?
From my thorough half-hour of clicking, googling around on the interweb, yes, this experiment is on the up and up and is legit.
There are a couple of points worth noting.
First, tribocermaic technology or coating the internals of an engine with nano-sized particles of ceramics to reduce friction is nothing new. The earliest known study I could find dates back to 1994 where a method was patented to
…create a coating on the friction surfaces and a process for its application and can be used to form a durable wear-resistant coating film on the regions of contact of the rubbing surfaces in rotating and oscillating moving mechanisms.
This technology has come, gone, and resurrected in many forms throughout the 90’s and today. Flip open the back of some new-ish car magazines and you might remember Tribotex which is still on Amazon.
German oil company Liquimoly has a version of this nano-ceramic coating they’ve dubbed Ceratec.
Just like a coating of wax fills in and protects the surface of your paint against UV radiation, dust, and debris, these Nano-ceramic particles fill in and build a layer on your engine’s components.
In the patent for Triboceramic compounds, the patent inventor lists what compromises a triboceramic compound.
Triboceramic compounds are made from a mixture of serpentine, talc, clinochlore, magnesite, quartz and aluminium hydroxide.
Although nanotechnology and nanoparticles might sound state of the art, nanoparticles literally as old as tires. Some of the first nanotechnogies, carbon black, first dyed tires black in the 1930’s and is still used today.
Reading over a handful of reviews from people who’ve tried one of the above Triboceramic engine treatments, they improve metal-to-metal contact or a lack thereof that shows in improved MPG’s and more commonly, a smoother sounding engine.
Then there’s the robustness and legendary bulletproof reliability of the D-series engine. From the factory, D-series engines come with a forged crank and rod, extremely strong main caps, a decent flowing head, and even a block girdle (helps brace the block so the crank can spin at high RPMS) that connects to all main caps. The mighty B18 in the Integra GSR doesn’t even have a girdle that connects to all main caps.
Although this D-series is high-mileage, stock, this engine is solid.
Combining the scientific basis of triboceramic technology with a stout engine and running it without oil I can fairly surmise that, sure, RVS products are helping keep this engine alive without oil.
I’m fairly certain you can replicate this experiment with the handful of engine coatings that use triboceramic nanotechnology.
I’m sure RVS will do an extensive teardown in due time if this engine gives up. If.
I have to question why it took so long for RVS to reach 1,800 miles. RVS drained all the oil from this Civic back in June of last year.
If RVS wanted to prove a point, I’d like to see this Civic driven hard and regularly over 4 miles a day RVS is averaging right now. Take a long road trip or do a couple launches on a drag strip.
The experiment’s usefulness to regular consumers.
No one in their right mind would drain their oil out of their cars and theoretically use RVS as some oil replacement.
But to prove that this product does something and as a marketing vehicle, I suppose this is a good one.
If you’ve got $60ish to burn and you’ve got an older engine, try some of their products out. If you just financed your new 2019 Honda Civic and have $60 to blow, blow it on something else.