Many experts recommend using a fogging oil before putting equipment into long-term storage. But what is fogging oil and what does it do?
Problems associated with storage
Two- and four-stroke recreational vehicles, hand-held power equipment, small engines and construction equipment and farm equipment are commonly operated seasonally or infrequently, then stored for long periods of time.
During these periods of inactivity, and as a result of fluctuations in ambient temperatures, water vapor can form condensate within the engine. When this condensate comes into direct contact with steel and iron components, it forms surface corrosion on cylinder liners, piston rings, anti-friction bearings and steel/iron contact surfaces on rotational seals.
Long periods of storage can also dry out cylinders, often resulting in permanent damage when the equipment is taken out of storage and dry-started.
Motor oil provides some protection
Most two- and four-stroke motor oils are formulated to have an affinity to engine component surfaces, acting as a barrier that keeps condensate from contacting engine components and forming corrosion. However, the effectiveness of motor oil in this area diminishes with time.
Benefits of fogging oil
Applied as an aerosol, fogging oil is designed to prevent rust and protect internal engine components during storage or long periods of inactivity.
Engine Fogging Oil offers superior film retention, providing long-term protection against corrosion and dry starts, extending engine life and reducing operating expenses.
Its aerosol spray formulation offers easy and clean application while reaching more components and offering complete distribution of the oil, something especially beneficial in applications with horizontal cylinder orientation, such as outboard motors. Consult equipment owners manual for application directions.
Fogging Oil Applications
Engine Fogging Oil applications include, but are not limited to, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, outboard motors, stern drive and inboard marine engines, personal watercraft, lawn equipment, chainsaws, snowblowers, portable generators, hand-held power equipment, motor scooters, powered farm equipment, powered construction equipment, cars and trucks.
So, to answer the question, What is fogging oil? It’s an important part of your maintenance routine when placing equipment into storage.