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Pro-Ma Fuel and Oil Additives highlights research that points to the potential dangers of teflon-based oil additives

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Recently, reports Pro-Ma Fuel and Oil Additives , a growing number of experts in the automotive industry have begun to speak out about teflon-based oil additives. General Motors has issued an internal bulletin to its dealers warning against the use of Teflon-based oil additives in GM engines. In the bulletin, GM warns about the problems with accelerated engine wear after the use of PTFE oil additives.

Makers of Teflon, DuPont, formally announced that it would discontinue selling Teflon powder to companies that use it to fortify oil. After reviewing extensive research by its own scientists as well as others DuPont has concluded that Teflon is not useful in oil additives. Avco Lycoming and Teledyne Continental, two major airplane manufacturers, have arrived at the same findings. “We’ve tried every additive, and for the most part, they’re worthless.” A number of research studies have also found that Teflon-based additives add no benefit and in many cases, actually harm engines.

The NASA Lewis Research Center found. “In types of bearing-surface contact we have looked at, we have seen no benefit. In some cases, we have seen detrimental effects.” North Dakota State Lab states. "The theory sounds good, the only problem is, the products don’t work.” A University of Utah study found that there was a pressure drop across the oil filter after using Teflon additives. The Department of the Army recently issued a memorandum strongly recommending that these lubricants not be used in military administrative or combat/tactical fleets.

Additionally, many consumers have reported on problems they have experienced as a result of putting a Teflon-based oil additive in their engines. These customers claim that Teflon-based additives;

  • Plug up oil filters, depriving the engine of clean oil.
  • Plug up oil passages, leading to piston wall scuffing.
  • Burn in the combustion chamber, causing formation of hydrofluoric acid which corrodes the exhaust system and is harmful to the environment.
According to automotive consumer magazine Nutz & Boltz, Teflon powder does not coat anything unless it is chemically bonded to metal. Even if it were possible to make PTFE stick to internal parts, it would be scraped off by the motion of the piston rings against the cylinder walls.

Based upon this information and the serious questions it raises, QSML discontinued carrying Teflon-based oil additives in all company stores on May 1. Additionally, use of any additive, including Teflon-based additives void the Quaker State 250,000 mile warranty. Because Quaker State runs its oil through required engine tests for API service designation, adding any substance to the oil requires engine testing to maintain the licence. Placing additives to other manufacturers oil may void their warranties as well.

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