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

  • Published: 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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Comments • 7 400

  • Jermz Money
    Jermz Money  10 hours back

    can you try avacados or coconut something that has high oil content

  • electrical death ship
    electrical death ship  12 hours back

    At 8:15 it sounded like the crankcase was begging for mercy

  • RelicsofRampage
    RelicsofRampage  3 days back

    You should just do plain water as engine oil.

  • J Shepard
    J Shepard  3 days back

    Used mower for sale. Run for only a few minutes...

  • J Shepard
    J Shepard  3 days back

    Chiquita cleans *and* protects.

  • H P
    H P  3 days back

    Didn't work because they used plantains.

  • Wil Clark
    Wil Clark  4 days back

    I must say, although this is a very cool experiment, you have to consider that there must’ve been some amount of real oil left in the crankcase for the explorers, this could possibly explain how they may have made it out.. revisit?

  • Johnny Figueroa
    Johnny Figueroa  4 days back

    Lost interest in your videos after all these nonsense videos...

  • Jaymon Maddox
    Jaymon Maddox  4 days back

    If the legend were true, I wonder if the men in the jungle continued to add bananas into the engine instead of just water due to the thermal breakdown.

  • Alfonso R. G.G.
    Alfonso R. G.G.  5 days back

    That was bananas!

  • cj reyes
    cj reyes  5 days back

    This shit is bananas

    • Dilly Questelles
      Dilly Questelles  5 days back

      What is the result of the oil and banana mix?

      • Chad Williams
        Chad Williams  5 days back

        One more great test!

      • JDM forever
        JDM forever  5 days back

        Lawn mower for sale well maintained😂

        • Project Farm
          Project Farm   5 days back

          lol. You saw the Craiglist ad did you?

      • Dragonballz 2
        Dragonballz 2  5 days back

        Why don't he test all the car oils of the entire world instead .... Shell helix vs valvoline

      • Allison Nelson
        Allison Nelson  6 days back

        Their engine probably still had a little bit of oil left in it try mixing the bananas with a little bit of oil

      • Greasyspleen
        Greasyspleen  6 days back

        I bet a water cooled engine could run much longer if thermostat was removed to keep the temperature down. My car had a lot of water buildup in the oil when the thermostat was stuck open just a tiny crack. Looked like chocolate syrup.

      • koltrejn
        koltrejn  6 days back

        Czech travellers Hanzelka and Zikmund used bananas instead of oil already ca in 1947 in their aircooled V8 Tatra 87 during their journey around the World when they got stranded somewhere in Africa. Apparently one of the locals advised them to do so, perhaps a common knowledge in these areas at that time. Engine worked fine until they were able to get some oil. Interested readers can find more in their book "Africa: The Dream and the Reality".

        • H P
          H P  3 days back

          They still used bananas actually, for wheel hubs and shit.

        • Project Farm
          Project Farm   6 days back

          Thank you for the video idea!

      • K G
        K G  6 days back

        "Do you guys have BW-30 in stock?"
        "Yeah Banana weight 30."

      • Indigo
        Indigo  6 days back

        make a water engine

      • Ashley Bernard
        Ashley Bernard  6 days back

        Project Farm , you should try Lube as engine oil , latex free lube and other kinds ✌️

      • Unknown Soldier
        Unknown Soldier  7 days back

        Well y'know technically engines are minions to us but they are not the OTHER type of minions

      • Dennis Blackburn
        Dennis Blackburn  1 weeks back

        Awesome video as always . I've seen it done in semi rear end fluid pulled axle out housing and ram roded it in wonder if it smothers some worn planetary gear or makes it not moan so loud

        • UNDERHILL
          UNDERHILL  1 weeks back

          "Ok I'm going to add some more water to the crank case to see if I can get it to turn over again." i.e. "let's blow the rings on a motor!"

        • Peter Karel Kraus
          Peter Karel Kraus  1 weeks back

          What about CBD oil? 😁

          • Peter Karel Kraus
            Peter Karel Kraus  1 weeks back

            @Project Farm Seems like they're using it for everything these days.

          • Project Farm
            Project Farm   1 weeks back

            Thank you for the video idea!

        • Diet Chicken
          Diet Chicken  1 weeks back

          I die of laughter every time I hear him say "bananas"

        • George Tsiros
          George Tsiros  1 weeks back

          i am *not* drinking that smoothie

        • Lee Black
          Lee Black  1 weeks back

          The key seems to be keeping the temperature low enough that the banana doesn't burn too much and I do wonder if peeling them might have been a mistake, there's a lot of fibre in that peel that would help in water retention and viscosity.

        • Mike Schneider
          Mike Schneider  1 weeks back

          I knew right away that the Suburban would not be this test's guinea pig.

          • Project Farm
            Project Farm   1 weeks back

            lol. The Suburban wouldn't survive it.

        • T J
          T J  1 weeks back

          I had to go get me a banana smoothie after watching this.

        • Binoy Singha
          Binoy Singha  1 weeks back

          This guy is amazing 👌👍

        • Cap'n Slipp
          Cap'n Slipp  1 weeks back

          Before watching the video: Pretty sure the water will quickly boil off, and then the remaining thick goop will burn. So no, not at all.

        • Gareth Leitner
          Gareth Leitner  1 weeks back

          Being mostly fat, maybe avocados would work better?

        • Eric Palacios
          Eric Palacios  1 weeks back

          Smith because how could two go bad at the same time

          • Joseph Ball
            Joseph Ball  1 weeks back

            That was pure torture on that engine!

            • Atimar01
              Atimar01  1 weeks back

              it sais citreon in the intro .....:o
              its correct in the description though :)
              also, a 2CV is soo old, 5w30/40 didn't even exist yet.
              20w50 was more the 2cv type of oil ....

            • Patrick van der Koelen
              Patrick van der Koelen  1 weeks back

              This explains mario kart

              • Amanda Peine
                Amanda Peine  1 weeks back

                Do you think they used the Gros Michel variety or Cavendish? Gros Michel peels are supposedly very slippery. And what if you didn't dilute it?

              • Lorne Johnson
                Lorne Johnson  2 weeks back

                It just a wise tales.

              • Lorne Johnson
                Lorne Johnson  2 weeks back

                Banana works better in a GM vehicle!

              • Lorne Johnson
                Lorne Johnson  2 weeks back

                They sell bottle of banana oil down at Pep Boys?

              • Lorne Johnson
                Lorne Johnson  2 weeks back

                Hey brother you better off stick a banana up in the tailpipe?

                • Marley West
                  Marley West  2 weeks back

                  They probably didn't have limes to add to their coconuts and they ended up using bananas.

                  • Ronnie Buck
                    Ronnie Buck  2 weeks back

                    Bananas as engine oil??? DUDE WTF ARE YOU SMOKING???

                    • American Law Dawg
                      American Law Dawg  2 weeks back

                      Has to be a myth, in a vehicle it wouldn't make it passed the oil pump strainer, it would clog .......... and where should they have found a blender to get the bananas broken down to anything near being a fluid?
                      Yeah, this one has to be a silly myth

                    • Dudu Mecawi
                      Dudu Mecawi  2 weeks back

                      try Listerine has engine oil.

                    • Jomy Roxas
                      Jomy Roxas  2 weeks back

                      Lubricant is the right term