Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
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Re: Friction Modifiers
Mikey, I wonder if the equipment where you work uses a multi-viscosity grade oil in the gear boxes, engines, bearing assemblies, etc. Many times the design of large equipment has nooks and crannies that when draining and replacing oil captures and holds residue oil that becomes sludgy over time. Replacement oil may dislodge small globs of sludge that result in viscosity abnormalities contributing to cold start issues and inefficiencies. Rarely do you find large equipment running synthetic oils (just too expensive). The oil refinery where I worked in Kansas (retired 5 years ago) used Royal Purple to combat viscosity and wear problems in large equipment. Also, note that large equipment running continuously for long periods, and sometimes at varying loads. Most times equipment runs until it is convenient or maintenance required to shutdown and service. Only critical equipment have hour meters on the operation.
Pertaining to the FJ, I used synthetics in the differentials and transfer case, Toyota magic potion in the automatic transmission (about to change out for the second time), but good quality dino oil (not synthetic) in the engine. I change the engine oil and filter every 3-5,000 miles. Also, I live in Arizona now (4 years since moving from Kansas) so cold temperature are not experienced.
Your mechanics from eastern Europe didn't have access to high quality lubricants (or ability to override upper management decision to purchase lubricants) during their tenure in the old world. I'm not suggesting that you try to change your mechanics' preferences for large machinery, but I'm not sure it applies to vehicles manufactured after 2000. Especially, when we service our vehicles at specific mileage intervals. Finally, passenger cars and light trucks don't typically see as severe service as large equipment experiences.
There are several additives for sale that claim to improve wear and life of engines, transmissions, and differentials, as well as gasoline additives claim fuel efficiencies. These products would not sell at all unless they claimed improvement. So, the final question is how much benefit (if any can be accurately quantified) versus cost is justified by the consumer.
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