Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a Federal Law that protects the buyer of any product, which costs more than $25 and comes with an express written warranty. This law applies to any product that you buy as a consumer.
The warranty coverage can be denied only if the aftermarket part caused the malfunction or damage for which warranty coverage is sought. Disputes in this area usually boil down to arguments over facts and technical opinions, rather than arguments over interpretations of the law.
The law was written to protect consumers from manufacturers that sell products that become defective. In addition, they also protect consumers from manufacturers who may require you to buy a “their” part for replacement. Prior to the Magnuson-Moss Act manufacturers would require you to buy a certain part at an extremely high price to the consumer.
The Magnuson-Moss Act states that if a manufacturer requires you to use a certain part, then they must supply it free of charge until it’s off of warranty. Manufacturers don’t like this part of the law so they create a specification for a part so that you can purchase it from other suppliers.
When someone says that your cars’ warranty is voided if you use an oil additive automatically this is a false statement. As long as an oil additive does not compromise the specification for motor oil, it cannot void the warranty. And if there is question that it might compromise the specification to the point it could cause damage, then the manufacturer must prove it to actually void a warranty.
Presently, the sequence tests for gasoline engine warranty cost in excess of $500,000 and for diesel engines it’s more than $1,500,000. Thus, if a manufacturer is going to claim that an oil additive will void their warranty, they must run these series of sequence tests. This would be very rare if such an occurrence happened, but protects the manufacturer just in case. But for a manufacturer to make a blanket statement that the use of an oil additive automatically voids the cars warranty, is strictly false.
Many oil additive companies, such as SFR have run some of the sequence tests to prove they are effective and will not void the cars warranty. So next time someone says your cars warranty will be voided if you put in an oil additive tell them that the Magnuson-Moss Act protects me. And if a manufacturer tries to make you buy their part only when its under warranty, tell them they cannot force you as you can buy any part that meets the specification.
Friday, July 10th, 2009
As a lubricant formulator and an ex-professional shooting instructor for shotguns with the old Winchester Repeating Arms Company, I find that gun lubrication is critical for performance. Many gun enthusiasts use poor lubricants or do not lubricate properly.
Gun cleaners for cleaning out the bores are fine, however lubricants possess premium prices and they only consist of a light lubricating oil, like hydraulic oil, with a carrier.
Because they are wet they work okay initially but do not last under metal-to-metal contact.
How important are gun lubricants to performance? Let’s put it this way, has this ever happened to you?
There are many applications in guns where friction occurs. This requires a boundary lubricant, which means a strong film to keep two moving pieces of metal from rubbing against each other. The best boundary lubricant contains Extreme Pressure Additives.
Extreme Pressure Additives will get into the pores of the metal and work without having to re-lube all the time. On a standardized test called a 4 Ball Extreme Pressure Test ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials) D-2783, most all leading gun oils will go the same as dry. SFR’s ProTecta Precision Oiler, which allows precision one drop application, will run 420 kilograms or 924 lbs. of friction pressure before failing.
Over oiling can be a problem with coming in contact with gun-powder residue, but SFR’s ProTecta only requires one drop to reduce friction.
I have included some pictures to point out the many uses of SFR’s ProTecta Precision Oiler on your guns.
ProTecta Precision Oiler protects against wear like no other gun oil you have ever used.
Robert H. Sanborn
P.O. Box 457
Whitehall, MT 59759.
We will video tape testing results on a friction testing machine and send you a copy.
Comments are welcome.
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
So many articles are written regarding how aftermarket additives do not work; buyer beware, fine chemical balance, waste of money and they just do not work. Most of the time these comments come from marketers of motor oils. Their customers ask them if an aftermarket additive will benefit their vehicle. The marketer, who sells motor oil, doesn’t want the customer to think his oil is inferior so tells the customer do not use. It becomes such a hassle explaining many have invested a great deal of time on blogs and other web activities telling the public to beware of additives. They often cite FTC rulings back in the late 90’s when some limited aftermarket additive marketing companies made claims that couldn’t be supported. (more…)
Monday, October 15th, 2007
ZDDP (Zinc Dithiophosphate)
In 2006 when a new motor oil warranty category for gasoline engines was developed GF-4, problems started occurring with older cars. When a new warranty specification is put on the market and licensed by the American Petroleum Institute (API) it makes all other previous specifications obsolete. All cars are supposed to be able to run on the new oil, however this is not the case with GF-4. (more…)
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
Air is whipped into the oil by rapidly moving engine parts. Air is also trapped in the oil during high-pressure or when the pump sucks air in with the oil. The result is a mass of oily froth called foam. The presence of small amounts of water increases this engine oil problem. The basic cure is an engine design that prevents air from being whipped into the oil and excludes water. Even the best design, however, will not eliminate foaming completely. (more…)
Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
Excessive engine heat causes oil oxidation, which in turn results in permanent thickening of the oil. Oxidation products can attack some bearing metals. This was a common problem in engines until research produced a chemical compound capable of interrupting or slowing down the rate of oil oxidation. It was discovered that several different oil-soluble chemicals would accomplish this. (more…)
Thursday, June 21st, 2007
What are they?
Antiwear/Extreme Pressure Agents: These agents bond to metal surfaces to create a strong lubricant film between moving metal parts. This film can withstand extreme heat and mechanical pressure to keep metal parts separated, protecting them from scoring and seizing. (more…)
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
I recently read an article claming oil additives are not effective. The article claimed that independent research laboratories, state universities, major engine manufacturers, and even NASA said they don’t work.
In response to this article today’s blog post is devoted to showing you independent research laboratory results of SFR’s oil additive. I am going to show you the American Society for Testing and Materials ASTM KA24E Nissan Valve Train Wear Test with Pennzoil 10W30 and 5% SFR100. This test today costs roughly $100,000 dollars. This is THE test all oil companies use to determine engine wear. This test shows that Pennzoil 10W30 has 17% more wear in an engine than 5% SFR with Pennzoil. (more…)