Over the past 60 years, hundreds of tests have been conducted on zMAX Micro-lubricant. Many have been consumer tests using the product in everyday, real-life situations. More detailed tests have been the industry test protocols conducted in our own laboratory and by independent labs around the country. These tests have shown that zMAX literally soaks into metal to help reduce harmful carbon deposits, which helps zMAX:

  • Reduce friction
  • Increase horsepower
  • Dissipate engine heat
  • Improve or restore fuel mileage and reduce emissions in older cars, by virtue of reducing engine deposits
  • Maintain fuel mileage and emissions in newer cars, by virtue of reducing engine deposits
  • Reduce engine wear on vital engine parts, by virtue of reducing engine deposits
  • Extend engine life, by virtue of reducing engine deposits

zMAX spent $4.5 million testing our product, for the FTC, to show zMAX works. The tests conducted on zMAX are based on accepted protocols as directed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). zMAX requires a "soak in" period in order to achieve maximum benefit, therefore, when necessary, the protocols have been modified only to include a "soak in" period for zMAX. This soak in period involves getting the engine up to operating temperature to allow zMAX to literally soak into the metal parts. Oil-Chem Research Inc. has performed the following tests:

  • SAE J1321 - designed to measure fuel economy changes of in-service vehicles.
  • Auger Electron Spectroscopy - designed to measure the penetration of a material into a metal subsurface.
  • Modified CRC L-38 - capable of measuring bearing, cylinder, piston and valve guide wear; horsepower; piston deposits; and oil deterioration.
  • ASTM D4172 (Four Ball Method - Prevention of Wear) - designed to measure anti-wear properties of a lubricant.
  • ASTM D5182 (Four Ball Method - Coefficient of Friction) - designed to measure the coefficient of friction of a lubricant.
  • ASTM G99 (Pin on Disc Method) - designed to measure the coefficient of friction of a lubricant.
  • ASTM D2174 (Block on Ring Test) - designed to measure the coefficient of friction of a lubricant.
  • ASTM D1748 - designed to measure rust preventive properties of metal preservation.
  • Modified Sequence VIII - capable of measuring bearing, cylinder, piston and valve guide wear; horsepower; piston deposits; oil deterioration, and fuel efficiency.
  • TEOST MHT-4 Thermo-oxidation Engine Oil Simulation Test - designed to measure and emulate deposits that would occur in the piston and ring area of a modern engine.
  • FTP 75 - designed to measure the emissions of a vehicle under normal city and suburban driving conditions.
  • BAR 90 - designed to measure the in-use emissions level of vehicles for controlling air quality.

Here are several examples of how zMAX has operated on Dynamometers:

On our IRL Blueprint Racing Team with driver Jim Guthrie, we built our own Aurora V8 engines. The engines were built with zMAX in the assembly oil and was used in the motor oil on all Dyno runs.

We would conduct multiple full power runs with overnight cool down periods over a three day period. This gave zMAX time to soak into the metal and start working. After the third day, we were obtaining additional horsepower.

When at the track and after running the car for the day, we would bring the car into the pit and remove all the spark plugs.

We would then spray zMAX into each spark plug hole and bump the motor over so zMAX would coat the cylinder walls, pistons/rings and then let the metal cool overnight. The performance of zMAX in our race engines achieved better consistency over time.

Our engine performance maintained it's baseline to a very high degree throughout the complete race as evident from the engine leak down numbers which were shown to be consistent from pre- to post-race inspection.

These hot and cold procedures help massage zMAX into the metal so it's Micro-Lubrication action becomes effective.

On our Labeco Single Cylinder Engine Test Stand, multiple Sequence VIII test's without and with zMAX (A vs B comparison) were performed. Both protocols utilized a five day pre-soak-in period before the testing began.

The engine was operated for one hour followed by a six hour cool down period. The engine was then operated for one more hour at the end of the work day.

zMAX's ability to soak into and "Micro-Lubricate" metal helps provide better lubricated and cooler working surfaces. zMAX helps provide improved Valve and Piston/Ring-Cylinder Wall sealing which has a positive effect on better Combustion Chamber Performance.

Better Combustion Chamber Sealing has a direct effect on achieving better Horsepower, Torque and Improved Fuel Mileage with Lower Emissions.