Friday, 21 December 2018 19:34

Lube Tip 12: These additives don’t exist - Part 2

Part 2 of 4

WRONG-OIL FORGIVER Lubricants and their additives do not automatically adjust to the environs and needs of the machines within which they are placed. There are thousands of different lubricant formulations on the market for a reason. They are not alike, and they don’t perform alike and, hence, users will not receive like results. Precision lubrication is about precisely selecting the right lubricant for the target machine and making sure that particular lubricant is always used and then replaced before its life is done.

WATER ZAPPER Water exacts an evil curse on lubricants and machines. It accelerates wear, corrosion, microbial growth, friction, additive depletion, aeration, varnish, oxidation . . . and, well, the list goes on and on. Outside of the limited capability of rust inhibitors, additives don’t stop the penetration and damage exerted by water. Only controlling the invasion and dispersion of water in our lubricants solves these problems.

OIL STARVATION PAIN-KILLER Despite the assertions of some late-night television infomercials, additives are not a solution for starved oil supply or low oil levels. Lubricants service many functions beyond simply controlling friction and wear. As such, they need to be present as an entire formulation, not simply a few chemical remnants clinging to the frictional surfaces of our machine.

LUBE TIP by Jim Fitch of Noria Corporation