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According to a June 2014 Department of Energy (DOE) report, friction losses in engines and transmissions consume up to 10-15% of fuel used in transportation. Of this approximately 10% is lost to overcome engine friction, and another 5% is lost to friction in the driveline (transmission, axles, bearings).
With nearly 250 million vehicles on the road, the U.S. consumes 12-13 million barrels of oil per day. Reducing engine and driveline friction by 10% would reduce petroleum consumption by 150,000 to 200,000 barrels a day. In regards to how reducing friction in your vehicle can affect fuel savings, the DOE reports that friction reduction of 10% will generally result in fuel efficiency savings of 1-2%. As friction reduction increases fuel efficiency continues to increase as well.
Vehicle purchases are one of the largest expenses an individual or company makes. Vehicle maintenance and costs incurred due to vehicle downtime are also significant expense for companies and can be expensive and inconvenient for individuals. The longer a vehicle lasts and the more reliably it runs, the better the financial benefit to the owner. Reducing friction can have a positive impact on vehicle longevity and reliability, as friction and wear are closely related. As friction is reduced, wear is also reduced, leading to increased parts longevity.
Another benefit of friction reduction, as it relates to wear, is heat reduction. As heat increases, metal parts expand. In cases of high levels of heat and metal parts in close proximity with each other, such as in gears of a vehicle under heavy workload, the expanding metal parts increasingly press against each other harder, generating even more heat, contributing to more wear or possibly damage. By keeping temperatures within manageable levels through friction reduction, parts last longer.
USING SUPERIOR ENGINE LUBRICATION EXTENDS USED ENGINE LIFE
One of easiest and most affordable ways to reduce friction and wear in your vehicles is to use a superior lubrication solution.
The ASTM is a series of tests which are trusted by SAE engineers. In order to maintain certification, all ASTM laboratories around the world operate according to strictly-enforced procedures. The ASTM test relevant to the topic of friction and wear reduction is ASTM D4172, which is the international standard measurement of friction reduction and wear reduction of a lubricant. It is also known by the names 4-ball test and bearing torture test.
Petro-Lubricant Labs of Lafayette, New Jersey, one of the oldest ASTM-certified laboratories in North America, conducted ASTM D4172 on Shell Rotella T 15w40 without and with NMF Ionic Friction Reducer. As compared to Shell Rotella T 15W40 alone, NMF reduced friction by 36% and wear by 22%.
GoPro Engines, one of the largest online used engines and used transmissions supply marketplaces in North America, recommends NMF Ionic Friction Reducer exclusively.
Using a superior additive such as NMF Ionic Friction Reducer is an easy and economical way to improve efficiency and enhance longevity of an engine.
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Joe Lehnerd, Lieutenant Colonel (retired), U.S. Air Force, Owner, GoNMF