Aviation Lubrication additives, oil additives, PTFE, Graphite and more, do they work
Letters from Readers about Lubes, Lubrication products used in Airplanes.
Do oil additives really help your engine, let me know what you think

Letters from our readers about Lubrication products in Airplanes, do oil additives really work.

These are letters from our readers about lubrication additives in aircraft.

What are good lubrication additives, what works and what doesn't work.  Send me your stories about oils, lubricants and lubrication additives so that we will know what pilots use.  Some of the lubricants may be slick 50, energy release, lubralon, tef guard, Teflon (ptfe),  moly lube, graphite, militek, and more
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I've worked in the area of spacecraft lubrication and have experience with burnished solid films such as Teflon, moly, etc.  My experience is   that neither Teflon or molybdenum disulfide will reliably stick to surfaces wetted with oil.  (I would presume that graphite would behave the  same) The success of additives containing solid lubricants is based on the assumption that the solid lube burnishes on the metal surfaces  to supplement the oil, especially in the thin-film or boundary lube regime.  As long as there is oil on the surface, it won't happen.  I suppose  that at the end of life, the films might form and give you a few more revolutions.  In an airplane this might make the difference between the  end of the runway and 100' short, but I don't think it's work the risk of clogged filters and oil lines if the solids begin to agglomerate.

--Dave Snediker

Virgil Thomas <vthomas14@msn.com> wrote:
First heard of Microlon, a PTFE additive, about 1978  from a flier.  Follow-up with its maker claimed: Cessna had accepted it for use in new engines,  FAA was considering it,  that it's PTFE resin was broken much big difference  I down finer than any other,  that the guy behind Slick 50 is a former employee  selling a coarser mix,  that the refinement process is the key, and a  secret.

The  difference I see between that stuff and all the  others, is that only Microlon recommends only one  application for the life of an engine.  And they claim that they're FAA approved and accepted even  more strongly by Cessna.  How does one investigate  and verify or debunk that claim?

Marvel Mystery Oil,
I think its great. I have used it in both a round engine and a IO520, both in the oil and the fuel. I swear by it.    Mark

Polytetrafluorethelene (Teflon) PTFE engine treatments

as it's most commonly known cannot work inside of an internal combustion engine as the rings would scrape off the coating. Also it was first introduced to help sell the formula SLick 50 stated with back in 1978. The inventor John Bishop also sold Lubrilon, using his same formula, and Teflon as the Concept sales gimmic... It also opened a Pandora's box. Out jumped every Tom Dick and Harry selling Teflon Products claiming everything under the sun. Yet only one product stands today that carried with it testings by the US Department of Energy, FAA, Consumers Digest, Franklin Institute, US Army, as well as others, including time. http://xcelplus.com Check it out and read the lab tests.
I read that some of your readers are interested in information about engine treatments.
I worked inside this industry for 7 years and have a lot to tell. maybe I can help. I know first hand chemistries in Slick 
50 (1978-1984)  to current. Prolong Duralube, as well as Engine Muscle, Motor UP and a couple hundred others. I suggest you first go to the FTC web site adn see the lawsuits that they have against Slick 50 (current formula) Prolong, Duralube, Motor UP Valvoline as well as a couple of others.  Slick 50 used to be FAA tested and accepted until the inventor John Bishop quit supplying them formula. You can still get this formula at http://xcelplus.com Products such as Prolong, Duralube, Motor UP, Friction Wedge, Energy Release and a couple of others use high concentrations of Chlorinated polymers to enhance the oil, yet the chemistry turns to hydrochloric acid in the combustion chamber... If this is information your readers may enjoy knowing I could help you out...
Date:  Wed, 3 Mar 1999 08:32:42 -0600 
    From:   Paul TEFLON 
Years ago I had a Cessna 150 with 2000 TTE and it was ready for an   overhaul.  I added a Teflon treatment of which I can't remember the name   but I believe the company was Sperry Rand.  It gave me another 150 RPM   on takeoff and about the same in cruise.  I flew the airplane another   two years and 200 hours before I overhauled it.  I never put the   treatment in the new engine.   My perception is that it helped an old and tired engine, but I don't  have any data to back this up. 
Wed, 22 Dec 1999
from Shari-Kevin 
Marvel Mystery Oil 

I've used MMO for five years and wouldn't fly without it !!! I run a Continental IO-360 in a hawk XP,The mechanics at my FBO cannot believe how smooth and powerful my engine is. I only use 2 Oz. per 10 Gallons of fuel not the 4 Oz. they say on the can, Gee! Maybe they sell more that way.  I don't use it in the crankcase but I'm sure it would do just fine.

  VW Pilot 

From the Webmaster.

Click Here's the lubrication additive that I use.   It's called Energy Release.  I use it in everything that I can think of, anywhere that there is metal to metal contact.  I have used Energy Release for fourteen years now and it is fantastic.  I use it in my engine, wheel bearings, transmission and differential in my car and in the transmission of my motorcycle with the wet clutches.  This stuff is not a lubricant.  It works by modifying the surface wear of the metal parts allowing them to wear to an extreme polish, therefore making the lubrication that you already use to work much better.  I have never found anything that works better and most of the things that I use don't even work as far as I can tell.

There is one side effect that I love about this stuff and that is that it causes the carbon in the rings and engine components to just melt away letting the rings work the way they are supposed to work.  I buy Energy Release from a mechanic named John Serven at 309-445-4559.  He has grease, spray, oil additive liquid and a fuel cleaner that is fantastic too.  I'm telling you the truth about ER and I believe that if it was used in aerobatic aircraft or experimental aircraft, that you would find the same fantastic results that I found in my motors.  I don't have a medical and doubt if I can ever pass a medical so I don't have an airplane, but I have used in aircraft before and have had only positive results with higher R's and more power.

C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster

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