Will Bananas work as Engine Oil? Let's find out!

  • Published on: 13 May 2019
  • Is it a myth that bananas were once used successfully as engine oil by JC Baudot and Jacques Seguela in their Citroën 2CV as they crossed the Atacama desert in 1959? Let’s find out! We’ll run several tests to include a 30-minute engine run with banana “BW-30” as engine oil to see if the engine will survive.

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  • Vedad
    Vedad   2 hours ago

    Did you just add cold water into the engine. Thats something I would do.

  • untouchable, light after darkness

    Makes me think of a story i heard while living in alberta.They were 5drunk people in a truck driving home back from a party.they ran out of gas..one of the guys had the "great" idea to urinate in the gas tank..they all did..The truck started and they got home..i heard this like 25yrs ago and allways wondered if their urine only raised the fuel level enough for it to reach the pump or if it actually got flammable from the amount of alcohol present in it...Will never get to test it because i dont drinkIt would be very funny to get some drunk guys to try it hahaha

  • MichaelOfTroyWasHere
    MichaelOfTroyWasHere   17 hours ago

    This test has a fundamental flaw. The men in Citroen 2CV using a 4-stroke engine. The engine in the test is a 2-stroke engine. The difference in operating characteristics can not be ignored.

  • Quacks0
    Quacks0   1 days ago

    Maybe the stranded explorers kept shutting off the vehicle's engine every few miles, draining the "old" mixture, and adding fresh banana/water mixture to help keep the transmission in maximum lubrication.

  • mycarpounds
    mycarpounds   1 days ago

    Heres another true story about Bananas... My wife and I were on a long distance trip to WhiteHorse Yukon.. in a 1992 F250 Ford 4x4... about 500 kilometers from whitehorse after a motel stop.. i noticed differential fluid coming from the seals at my tires... i took it into a shop immediately but way out in the boonies didnt have 1000 bucks to replace 2 wheel seals... dude told me to mush up bananas and to drive back to Grande Prairie Alberta.. about 1000 kilometers or so. needless to say i bought 5 bucks worth of bananas... and we made it home... and i never actually replaced the seals.. just had to add a bit of diff fluid every couple weeks... lol.

  • Bazzyg
    Bazzyg   2 days ago

    For a 2 stroke engine you can use virtually any oil (not banana). I once used olive oil in my lawn mower and worked perfectly and still runs well to this day.

    DARRELL TENPENNY   3 days ago

    The only thing I can say is that a water cooled engine might have lasted longer than an air cooled. one.

  • James Soppe
    James Soppe   4 days ago

    It may have been a short term solution not long term and could have got them out of a pickle

  • Tom Upchurch
    Tom Upchurch   4 days ago

    Real world common sense says the Citroen engine wasn't completely out of oil and it was running on a mixture of oil and bananas.

  • Mike
    Mike   4 days ago

    Poor engine, being victim to all this.

  • Mike
    Mike   4 days ago

    "What oil do you use for your car?" - "Mashed bananas.""Is that a new kind?""It's mashed bananas, litterly.

  • Ege Sevindi
    Ege Sevindi   4 days ago

    I think creativity more than you expect is harmful

  • Agyei Attakorah
    Agyei Attakorah   5 days ago

    it actually didn't work cause the banana had a brown spot at 0:35brown spot = engine don't workcuz pemdas and shit

  • Shane1228Earth
    Shane1228Earth   5 days ago

    Oil is slippery. Bananas are slippery.. Bananas = engine oil!

  • So Crates
    So Crates   5 days ago

    I thought that you are meant to use banana skins not the insides.

  • Bazooka Llama Productions

    if youre gonna do bananas and water for one test, youve gotta do babanas and water for all the tests.

  • swrzesinski
    swrzesinski   5 days ago

    Compare it with just the water :) Or lube hahah

  • Bryan Inwood
    Bryan Inwood   5 days ago

    The legend ive heard is you put bananas in a diff to quiten it but you have to use the skin as well

  • Hayden Wyllie
    Hayden Wyllie   5 days ago

    The temp difference on the griddle can be explained. You can not raise a liquid above it's boiling point in it's liquid state. It will use the extra heat to boil off the liquid not raise it's temperature.

  • ജോസപ്പേ

    Sir please use Methanol for next experiment. I'm from India.I'm working in a chemical storage plant and we lost liters of methanol in every pipe change and during repairing. If it success it would be great helpful for us.

  • Exactlyatmidnight
    Exactlyatmidnight   5 days ago

    "Can bananas be used as engine oil?"I don't need sleep I need answers...

  • Slippery Sauce
    Slippery Sauce   6 days ago

    Maybe there was still some oil left. Shoulda done a 50/50 mix of oil and banana

  • PhOeNiXpIoLe
    PhOeNiXpIoLe   1 weeks ago

    I’m thinking it’s a myth as well no way would they have kept enough water to keep the engine from seizing up. If they pulled it off than I’d say they probably either had residual motor oil on the internals that we’re doing most of the work or they were just very lucky!

  • Hunter Glass
    Hunter Glass   1 weeks ago

    Maybe the explorers used green bananas and the were rolling down hill.

  • bejais
    bejais   1 weeks ago

    Can you make oil out of bananas? Maybe the peels?

  • ny money
    ny money   1 weeks ago

    Why do you use the metric system so often nobody wants to see that

  • Dung Vu
    Dung Vu   1 weeks ago

    what kind of thermal camera do you use in the video?

  • Jason Ozment
    Jason Ozment   1 weeks ago

    I'd like to seen the same process but instead of adding more water add more bananas. But I'm really starting to enjoy this thanks for the educational fun