Frequently Asked Questions

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Lubricant Treatment FAQ

How can I maximize Fuel Mileage?
Is it necessary to change the oil after adding LIQUID BEARING?
Will the presence of water affect the performance of LIQUID BEARING?
Can LIQUID BEARING be used in compressors?
Are there any areas where I can't use LIQUID BEARING?
Can LIQUID BEARING increase horsepower?
When is the best time to use LIQUID BEARING products?
Will LIQUID BEARING void my warranty?


Q: How can I maximize Fuel Mileage?

The regular use of LIQUID BEARING lubricants is only one aspect of the vehicle or equipment maintenance process that should be addressed when trying to maximize fuel mileage. The mechanical condition of the vehicle is an important starting point that should not be overlooked. Attention should be given to the following areas:

Maintain Proper Tire Inflation Pressures - Increase tire pressures to minimize rolling resistance.

Ensure Front End Alignment is Correct - If the vehicle pulls to one side when driving, the wheels may not be aligned properly. This can have a detrimental effect on the fuel mileage.

Follow Regular Tune-up Intervals - Newer vehicles can go for longer periods without regular maintenance. Older vehicles should have their plugs changed and other maintenance routines performed.

Treat Components with LIQUID BEARING - Treat engine oils, power steering and transmission fluids with LIQUID BEARING Lubricant Treatment. Add LIQUID BEARING Fuel Conditioner to the fuel tank.

Change Oil Regularly - For vehicles more than two years old, add an initial treatment of LIQUID BEARING Lubricant Treatment about 500 km before the scheduled oil change in order to dislodge deposits and contamination. Change oil on a regular basis. Deposits will be flushed out with the old oil. Add Lubricant Treatment with new oil.

Change All Filters Regularly - Change oil and air filters during the oil change. Change fuel filters every other oil change, if using the fuel conditioner.

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Q: Is it necessary to change the oil after adding LIQUID BEARING?

In most of the operating conditions faced by lubricating oils, heat, dust, moisture and other forms of contamination can enter the oil reservoir. This creates a condition which encourages oxidation, and can lead to the formation of organic solids and gradual thickening of the oil. This is an ongoing process and when this occurs, the best solution is to change the oil on a regular basis, regardless of whether or not LIQUID BEARING is used.

When LIQUID BEARING is used for the first time in higher mileage engines, the detergency effect will dislodge built-up sludge, oxidation and corrosion causing catalysts. This contamination should be flushed out during the oil change. The engine or equipment manufacturer's recommended oil change intervals should be followed. With the regular use of LIQUID BEARING, longer oil change periods may be possible. However, we do not encourage random increases (or delays) in oil change intervals. Decisions to increase oil change intervals should be supported by positive oil analysis data.

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Q: Will the presence of water affect the performance of LIQUID BEARING?

With conventional lubricants, the presence of water can create serious problems. In addition to the loss of lubricant protection, water is a potent corrosion causing catalyst. However, LIQUID BEARING will increase lubricant protection even in the presence of water by forming a protective layer of lubricating oil on the metal. According to ASTM D130, LIQUID BEARING Lubricant Treatment has a "1a" corrosion resistance rating. But while engines and equipment will be protected from water contamination with LIQUID BEARING, we recommend that the source of any leaks be traced and repaired.

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Q: Can LIQUID BEARING be used in compressors?

There are occasions where the nature of the gas under compression necessitates special lubrication procedures. Rotary compressors in which the lubricant does not come into contact with the gas being compressed and is used for large volumes of air and low pressure can use LIQUID BEARING. For the higher pressures of reciprocating compressors in which the gas may come into contact with the lubricant, special lubricants are used and should not be treated with LIQUID BEARING. The best general rule to use when deciding on the application of LIQUID BEARING in compressors is to use it in conjunction with existing mineral based oils. Some examples of using LIQUID BEARING in compressor applications are as follows:

Reactive gases (Oxygen, chlorine or hydrogen chloride) - PTFE or carbon coated cylinders. Mineral oils used in the crankcase.

Dry, inert gases (Carbon dioxide, nitrogen, helium, neon, air, hydrogen, ammonia, methane) - Conventional mineral oils of SAE 30 or 40 in cylinder and crankcase.

Hydrocarbon gases (butane, propane, butadiene, ethylene) - SAE 40 or 50 grade oils can be used as a cylinder and crankcase lubricant. The lubricants may be washed off by condensates (gas in the liquid state) of these gases and cause piston and liner wear.

Some compressors will specify that a non-detergent oil be used. This is mainly because compressors are not exposed to by-products of the combustion process as internal combustion engines are. Therefore, detergent based lubricants are normally not required to help keep the engine internals clean. This does not mean that lubricants containing detergents cannot be used, but it does mean that the oil in the compressor should be changed on a regular basis, which should be done in any event as part of a preventive maintenance program. The increased lubricant protection provided by LIQUID BEARING Lubricant Treatment can be extended to compressors if the lubricant is changed on a regular basis.

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Q: Are there any areas where I can't use LIQUID BEARING?

As a general rule, LIQUID BEARING can be used in areas where petroleum-based lubricating oils are already being used.

However, LIQUID BEARING should not be used with brake fluids, or in components where friction is used as a motive force, such as the steel-on-steel elements of cone-type limited slip differentials. This is due to the reduction in the coefficient of friction after adding LIQUID BEARING, which may adversely affect proper component operation. The driving bands of automatic transmissions are lined with a non-metal frictional material and are therefore unaffected by the addition of LIQUID BEARING.

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Q: Can LIQUID BEARING increase horsepower?

Engines are designed using parameters that include fuel and air ratios based on piston compression, camshaft or valve timing, exhaust systems, cylinder head breathing, displacement, etc. When the engine is running, it’s only going to produce as much power as it was designed to, and no more. No additive will "create" power. However, the net power output is reduced by the amount of friction/drag within the engine and/or drivetrain. Using LIQUID BEARING Lubricants throughout the drivetrain can help reduce internal friction between moving mechanical parts. The power that would normally go towards overcoming friction can now either be used, thereby releasing additional power, or it can be saved, increasing fuel mileage. Vehicles that have had the entire engine (including ancillary parts such as power steering pumps, air conditioning compressors, etc.) and driveline parts (u-joints, wheel bearings, transmission, rear axle, etc.) would obtain the highest gains in usable power/economy.
* Thanks to Richard C. for this question

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Q: When is the best time to use LIQUID BEARING products?

All manufactured items, from 747's to televisions, will have a high Probability of Failure when switched on for the first time. As the component continues to operate, the Probability of Failure is reduced until the failure rate becomes stable. This time segment is known as the "wear-in" period and the best time to use LIQUID BEARING products is shortly after the wear-in period. The regular use of LIQUID BEARING products at this time will help to maintain this "as new" condition and ensure that maximum reliability is maintained over the service life of the unit.

That being said, LIQUID BEARING products can be used at any time during the unit's service life providing that the appropriate directions for the use of each product are followed. And although LIQUID BEARING products will help to improve the operating condition of any mechanical component, it should not be expected to make up for deficiencies in mechanical condition.

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Q: Will LIQUID BEARING void my warranty?

Manufacturers' warrantees are intended to cover defects in workmanship and faulty parts. The use of lubricant additives in new cars or equipment, in itself, will not void any warrantees. However, the use of some lamellar-based (particles of low coefficient physical material intended to reduce friction, ie, moly, graphite, etc.), or polymer-based (PTFE or nylon) additives have been known to cause certain types of equipment failures. These types of failures would not be covered by any new car or equipment warranty. However, LIQUID BEARING products do not contain any solid particles that could reduce bearing clearances, or clog oil filters and/or galleries. The use of LIQUID BEARING would therefore not conflict with any warranty policies.

But while the warranty "safety net" of new engines or equipment is nice to have, if there are any concerns regarding the use of LIQUID BEARING during a warranty period, the use of LIQUID BEARING products should definitely be considered or implemented after the warranty period expires. Once the warranty expires, the equipment owner becomes responsible for all repair costs, as well as costs in downtime and lost productivity. He/She should then explore all options to minimize these costs, including the regular use of LIQUID BEARING lubricants, which would also be relatively more cost-effective.