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FAQ

1)  There has been much concern about the safety of using PTFE in an engine.  How is your product entirely safe to use in an engine, without plugging oil filters and oil passages that are vital to the life of an engine?

This is probably one of the most asked questions, and worthy to be asked, but more important is that people understand the answer.  There have been some products on the market that did plug oil filters and oil passages.  QMI has found a way of encapsulating the PTFE particles they use in a negative charge, which causes the particles to repel themselves from each other.  Also, the particles are of 0.05 to 0.5 micron size.  That may not sound like much, until you compare it with a human hair, which is about 50 microns in size.  QMI Engine Treatment has been tested by a major laboratory which found that the PTFE particles passed freely through a 0.8 micron filtering membrane, which is much smaller than most automotive filters will filter.  Also, keep in mind, QMI offers a quarantee of complete satisfaction including paying for parts and labor"of any damage to any vehicle shown to be caused by the use of QMI products".  

2)  Can QMI Treatment be used in a vehicle at any mileage?

QMI Engine Treatment can be used in any engine no matter what mileage, and will reduce wear metals from that point on.  We recommend that a new gasoline engine have 3,000 to 5,000 miles for new engine break-in prior to treatment or until first oil change.  (Diesel engines should have 12,000 to 15,000 miles break-in before treatment.)

 3)  How long does the treatment last?

Once the PTFE is fused into the metal, the treatment will last up to 50,000 miles for cars and pickups and up to 100,000 miles for "over-the-road" vehicles.  Since it is chemically inert, not even a solvent or detergent will affect the treatment.  Only the abrasive action of pollutants in the oil will remove the PTFE resins (or mechanical sanding or grinding).

4)  Will using QMI void the engine manufacturer's warranty?

 QMI Engine Treatment, by documents on file, will not in any way void the manufacturer's new vehicle warranty.

5)  Is QMI Engine Treatment considered an additive?

QMI Engine Treatment is not considered an additive.  The oil is used to carry the treatment throughout the oiled metal surfaces of the engine.  It does not make your oil slick, as with most additives.  Unlike additives which are used with each oil change, QMI Engine Treatment is necessary only onece in 50,000 to 100,000 miles.  QMI is a metal treatment, not an oil treatment.

6)  How soon should oil be changed after adding QMI Enigne Treatment?

QMI Engine Treatment should be left in the engine for a minimum of 2,000 miles, or in heavy equipment for 50 hours of running time.  QMI Engine Treatment can be left in the engine for extended oil change intervals with no harmful effect.

7)  Will QMI Engine Treatment change critical tolerances on treated surfaces?

QMI will NOT change critical tolerances on treated surfaces.  The maximum thickness of treatment is 1 to 2 microns.  This will not affect even the most critical tolerances.  Since QMI Engine Treatment does not build on top of itself, you cannot over-treat an engine.

8)  How can I prove that QMI Engine Treatment works?

QMI Engine Treatment results can be proven by oil analysis (the measuring of wear metals in the engine oil).  Drastic wear reduction will occur in virtually every treated engine.  Oil analysis reports have shown wear reduction as much as 50 to 90%.

9)  How quickly could changes be noticed in an engine after treatment?

Fortunately, almost without exception, an engine that is attached to a dynamometer will show a horsepower increase in as short a time as thirty minutes.

10)  Will QMI Engine Treatment increase compression in an engine?

It is possible for the QMI Engine Treatment to enhance compression in an engine due to better sealing between piston rings and the cylinder wall.

11)  Why do many engines gain RPM's after being treated?

The reduction in friction allows the engine to develop more power with the same fuel, thus increasing the engine RPM's.

12)  Will the use of QMI Engine Treatment increase fuel mileage?

QMI Engine Treatment is designed to reduce friction and wear.  This increases horsepower, which in most cases also increases fuel mileage, the average being 2 to 4 miles per gallon in cars, 1 to 3 miles per gallon in light trucks, and 0.5 miles per gallon in 18 wheelers.  This increase is an added benefit, and is affected by many variables such as wind resistance, fuel quality, engine mechanical condition,  temperature, tire pressure, etc.

13)  How about some "testing data" on QMI products?

Following is some testing data on QMI products:

  • Cummins Atlantic, Inc. utilized an LTA-10 Cummins diesel engine, a very popular power plant for trucks and "semis" in the transportation industry.  Their report of a chassis dynamometer test shows an increase from 260 hp to 280 hp after treatment with QMI Engine Treatment.
  • A United Parcel Service test conducted by Ridge Vo-Tech Center, Winter Haven, FL. - another chassis dynamometer test - showed an increase from 102 hp to 107 hp after treatment with QMI Engine Treatment.
  • Bobby Unser's testing, also on a chassis dynamometer, shows an increase from 90 hp to 97 hp after treatment with QMI Engine Treatment.
  • Sears of Lakeland, FL on a chassis dynamometer, shows an increase from 90 hp to 95 hp after treatment with QMI Engine Treatment.
  • Probably more significant to you, is a test that was conducted by Southwest Research Institute, one of the most reputable testing labs in the US.  The test is the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Sequence IIIE.  A Sequence IIIE is part of the program to determine API Service Classification and several Military Specification Qualifications.  Reference oils are used to correlate the performance seen in the Sequence IIIE test to the performance of lubricants in vehicles used in service field conditions.  Results of this Sequence IIIE Test, which was registered with The Chemical Manufacturer's Association, revealed that QMI Premium Engine Treatment brought an 88% reduction in wear rates.  QMI also demonstrated safety by passing all viscosity, varnish and deposit tests. 
  • See Sequence IIIE test 

 14)  What are some of the benefits of using QMI Engine Treatment?

 The benefits of using QMI Engine Treatment are less friction, less wear, less friction heat, more horsepower, sometimes better compression, a smoother running engine, better fuel economy and longer engine life.