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Just Say No to Aftermarket Additives
benefits of aftermarket additives are mostly unsubstantiated
AMSOIL has long discouraged motorists from using any kind of aftermarket
lubricant additive. After all, AMSOIL synthetic lubricants use the
finest quality synthetic basestocks and additive systems. AMSOIL's
response to the question "Should aftermarket additives or aftermarket
products be added to AMSOIL motor oils?" is " No, you don't need
them. AMSOIL motor oils are formulated under the strictest quality
control standards to provide superior lubrication performance. Additives
cost money and only detract from the quality of AMSOIL motor oils."
Additionally, not only do they detract from the quality of the motor
oil, but they can also be damaging to your engine.
A perfect example of why AMSOIL discourages use of aftermarket additives
is the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) recent lawsuit against
zMax auto additives, seeking to halt false and misleading advertising
and gain refunds for customers who purchased the products. According
to the FTC, the enhanced performance benefits zMax claims its products
provide are totally unsubstantiated, and in the same tests cited
to support performance claims, motor oil treated with zMax actually
produced more than twice as much bearing corrosion than motor oil
by itself. They further allege that the three different zMax products-
an engine additive, a fuel line additive and a transmission additive-
are nothing more than tinted mineral oil.
The complaint states that since at least May of 1999, zMax has aired
infomercials promoting its "Power System", a $39 package of three
additives to be used in the engine, fuel line and transmission of
automobiles. The infomercials are quite convincing, even going as
far as featuring testimonials from various consumers and race car
drivers making such claims as, "I was averaging about 22 miles to
the gallon on the highway. I installed the zMax and so I jumped
right up to about 28 miles per gallon" and "zMax guarantees a minimum
of 10% gas mileage increase." Other advertising claims "zMax with
LinKite has the scientific, CRC L38 proof it takes you car to the
Max!" and 'Why zMax Works- Cuts carbon build-up on valve stems 66%;
Lowers wear on valve stems 66%; Lowers wear on piston skirts 60%;
Reduces blow-by leakage 17.7%; Increases combustion efficiency 9.25%;
Lowers fuel consumption 8.5%- results of an independent CRC L38
The CRC L38 test is a standard auto industry test which measures
the bearing corrosion protection properties of motor oils. According
to the complaint, in early 1997 an independent testing facility
performed two CRC L38 tests of the zMaz products. The results showed
motor oil treated with zMax additives produced more than double
the bearing corrosion as motor oil alone. According to the FTC,
the defendants eliminated the bearing corrosion results, as well
as all other negative results, to produce one "report" from the
two sets of tests, using this "report" in its infomercials and on
The FTC charge alleges that zMax did not possess and rely on reasonable
substantiation fro the following product claims:
increases gas mileage by a minimum of 10%, reduces engine wear,
reduces or eliminates engine wear at startup, reduces engine corrosion,
extends engine life and reduces emissions.
The FTC also alleges that the defendants falsely represent that
the results of the CRC L38 test prove that zMax:
increases gas mileage, reduces engine wear, extends engine life,
lowers fuel consumption by 8.5%, lowers wear on valve stems by 66%,
lowers wear on piston skirts by 60% and cuts carbon build-up on
valve stems by 66%
Finally, the FTC charges that zMax does not have substantiation
for the representation that the testimonials and endorsements shown
in the zMax advertising are "the actual and current opinions, findings,
beliefs, and/or experiences of those consumers; and typical or ordinary
experience of members of the public who use the product."
The lawsuit against zMax is the latest in a long line of FTC charges
against auto additive manufacturers. The FTC has previously halted
allegedly deceptive advertising by the marketers of Dura Lube, Motor
Up, Prolong, Valvoline, Slick 50, STP and other major brands of
engine treatment systems.
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Here is my professional opinion as a Lubrication
Specialist and Truck/Automotive Engineer (not only is it my opinion
but it is my opinion backed by proven scientific research and testing
by some of the worlds best chemists and engineers):
Stay away from all aftermarket additives!
You simply do not need them and you surely don't need the problems
they may cause with your engine. If your still not convinced then
think about this statement:
The major oil companies, including AMSOIL, are staffed with the,
bar none, some of the best chemists, scientists and engineers the
world has to offer. Now, don't you think that if they determined
that their motor oil was lacking an additive that they would blend
it in their additive package? They obviously have the technology
and resources and the financial backing to do it. Then why don't
they? The answer is simple: They are not needed!
How can it be that some fly by night additive manufacturer can have
a miracle, cure-all additive without knowing the chemistry of the
oil it will be used in? The answer is, they don't. They simply are
out to get your money by using false and deceptive advertising to
appeal to your desire to have what they are selling in your engine.
They are masters at marketing, not science chemistry and engineering
and I would equate them to nothing more than snake oil companies.
Thank goodness for the FTC that is actually doing what it is supposed
to be doing; protecting the consumer and going after these companies
and hopefully put them out of business.
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