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What is friction?

Friction is the resistant and opposing force resulting from the bonding between moving surfaces.  

All moving parts suffer this opposition to motion; even precisely- machined metal parts such as engine bearings have surface irregularities that abrade and cause friction.   

Friction has three costly side effects:  heat, energy loss, and wear.

Heat causes mating surfaces to expand, cause more friction, and produce even more heat.  In machinery with fluid lubricants, thermal breakdown can occur when extreme temperatures scorch the lubricants, rendering them ineffective. All friction reduces the efficiency of a machine.  In gas and diesel engines, this reduction in efficiency results in energy losses measureable in miles per gallon (mpg) or hours per gallon (hpg).  Losses in horsepower are also evident. When metal wears it produces abrasive particle contamination of liquid lubricants.  The metal particulates accelerate wear, causing irregularities in mating suraces that create more friction. Gasoline and diesel engines also generate acids during normal operations which cause corrosion, increase friction and produce additional wear.

How does NMF reduce friction?

From a manufacturing perspective, there are two possible approaches to solving a problem. One approach, which is inexpensive, is to produce a product that treats only the symptoms. The other approach, which can be expensive and risky for manufacturers, is to make something that goes as far as removing the root cause of the problem. 

An analogy for the friction problem is how the market addresses the problem of the common cold.  The profitable approach for pharmaceutical companies has been to produce medicines which reduce symptoms but don’t actually kill the cold virus. Maybe the reason we can’t buy a real cold cure is because potential manufacturers would find it prohibitively expensive (research and development) to go that route.

In regards to the problem of friction, there are two approaches: lubricants and NMF.  Lubricants use slippery liquids, motor-coating substances, or solid particles such as Teflon or Moly in an attempt to cover the symptoms of friction without addressing what causes friction. Lubricants are inexpensive and generally profitable to manufacture. Their performance is lower than that of NMF.  

NMF is not a lubricant. It is the only product that takes the approach of removing the cause of friction by reversing the negative-positive bonding electrical relationship into one that is negative-negative (repelling and non-frictional). As can be expected, NMF is more expensive to manufacture. Our belief is that customers want a superior product that will provide significant savings in parts, maintenance, oil, and fuel.

To learn more about how NMF works, please click here to view the video “ NMF: A Scientific Explanation.”

How is NMF different from an oil stabilizer?

In answering this important question, our intention is not to knock other products but to show how NMF is different and to highlight the relative benefits of NMF.

NMF and oil stabilizers are actually just about perfect opposites. An oil stabilizer is a long-chain type hydrocarbon liquid that has a tangled molecular structure. In other words, an oil stabilizer is attracted to itself. If you put some oil stabilizer between your fingers and pull your fingers apart and put them together repeatedly, you can see this elastic action.

ENGINE WEAR: The idea with an oil stabilizer is that when friction or heat are wearing out your oil (it is getting thin), you put oil stabilizer in and it makes your oil thicker so it clings to your parts. With an oil stabilizer the attractiveness keeps oil clinging in your engine so it doesn't all come down when the engine shuts off. This makes it so even during an oil change some oil and particles do not come out. 

NMF does the opposite. While oil stabilizer molecules cling, NMF molecules repel. In fact, eliminating clinging is how NMF prevents wear and enables efficiency. A principle behind NMF is the understanding that motorcoating an engine, as an oil stabilizer does, is unhealthy. Motorcoating traps hydrocarbon residue produced during combustion to the engine. Static electricity draws hydrocarbons and metal particulates together into crystals of abrasive grit which continue to grow and rub and scrub on your engine, continually scraping off more metal particulates. That "sandpaper" action causes your engine to wear out much faster than necessary. 

NMF isn't a lubricant. It doesn't add anything slippery or coat the engine. NMF releases electrons which reverse the electrical field from negative-positive (clinging and frictional) to negative- negative (repelling and non-frictional). This removes the root cause of friction, resulting in the following wear-reduction benefits:
(1) NMF repels the contaminants away from themselves and the engine and suspends them in the oil.
(2) The next oil change will be a truly clean one as all the contaminants and abrasives that had been held inside come out.
(3) If you add NMF again after that oil change and continue to use NMF, the wear action will be greatly reduced.  You can confirm this through oil analysis which will reveal few to no metal particulates in your oil.

OIL FLOW: How do oil stabilizers and NMF differ in regards to oil flow?  When using an oil stabilizer, your oil pressure gauge may show an increase in oil pressure. But does that mean something good is happening?  The oil pressure gauge is showing how much pressure it takes to push oil through the oil ports. Adding an artificial thickener or adhesive (oil stabilizer) causes oil pressure to go up because it takes that much more pressure to make oil move through the oil ports. Having high pressure doesn't always represent good fluid flow and a healthy system. When there is unnaturally high oil pressure due to an oil stabilizer it is similar to when we eat a lot of fried foods and get arterial plaque; we get high (blood) pressure not due to good fluid flow but due to resistance to the flow.

Although using NMF may or may not result in a boost in oil pressure, it will stabilize the oil pressure better than an oil stabilizer will. When you use NMF, it causes the oil to have less static coagulation or bonding to itself so the oil flows much better than it does with an oil stabilizer. This is evident in a heavy work situation when you're going up a hill or a mountain. Without NMF, the heat of the situation would normally result in an oil pressure drop. However, with NMF, when you start climbing the mountain you will notice that your oil pressure does not drop.  This is because frictional heat that used to cause your oil to thin out doesn't happen with NMF. 

NMF's specialty is friction reduction, and we are pleased to offer it as the best.  We welcome you to test NMF through any method or methods that you believe are a good measure of friction reduction, such as heat, wear, oil longevity, fuel efficiency, vibration, noise, horsepower, etc.  Thank you again for the questions. Please keep them coming!

Independent test results:  ASTM D4172

ASTM D4172 Four Ball Test with Friction Co-efficient is the internationally-recognized standard measurement of a lubricant's friction reduction performance. Please click here for test results.    

American Petroleum Institute (API) rating

As NMF contains no petroleum, an API rating is not applicable.



NMF will enhance the performance and extend the life of any conventional or synthetic lubricant:
- Grease
- Motor oil
- Hydraulic fluid
- Transmission fluid
- Gear oil
- Power steering fluid
- Engine coolant
- Water, etc.

NMF has a wide variety of applications:
- Metal-working machines
- Vehicles
- Marine propulsion systems
- Hydraulic systems
- Heavy machinery
- Lawnmowers
- Snow blowers
- Air compressors
- Bicycles
- Gear boxes, etc.

On a vehicle, NMF is applied in several places:
- Engine
- Transmission
- Differentials
- Hubs
- Power steering
- Radiator
- Grease fittings
- 5th wheel

NMF is equally effective in gasoline and diesel engines.

NMF is safe for automatic transmissions and motorcycle wet clutches

Semi Trucks

Engine:  1 oz NMF per quart of oil 
Transmission: 16 oz  
Differentials (each one): 12 oz
Front Hubs (each one): 1 oz  
Power steering: 1 oz  
Radiator: 1 oz 
5th Wheel Grease: 1 oz 

In each of these places NMF will continue to work until the oil/grease is changed.  Then NMF should be re-applied. 

For a semi truck that is fully treated with NMF, GoNMF offers an 8% fuel efficiency improvement or money-back guarantee.  Please click this link for procedures to qualify.   

Cars and Light Trucks

Click for VIDEO on How to apply NMF to a car


Engine:  1 oz NMF per quart of oil 
Standard Transmission: 5 oz 
Automatic Transmission: 3 oz (NMF is safe for automatic transmissions.  It will defrictionize the valves and gears while not affecting the hyperdisks.)
Differentials (if present):  6 oz into each
Power steering: 1 oz  
Radiator: 1 oz 

After an oil change, add NMF to the engine oil. 


Click for VIDEO on How to apply NMF to a Motorcycle

NMF improves engine performance and cools gears.  You will feel the difference immediately.    

Apply to engine, transmission, primary gear box, chain for chain-driven bikes, and hypoid gears for a shaft-driven bike.  

Some bikes have a compartment in which the engine and transmission share the same oil.  Others have separate chambers.  Either way, it takes very little NMF to prep a bike for maximum performance -- only 1 ounce NMFTM per quart of base lubricant.

NMF is safe for wet clutches (which, unlike a dry clutch, run in the same motor oil that lubricates the engine). In other words, NMF is not like slippery colloid-type additives such as moly, graphite, or Teflon which make the clutch slip. NMF does not at all affect the clutch plates; it is perfectly healthy for the bike.

Biker friends, Charles and I are also avid bikers (between us 50+ years on motorcycles). We'd like to encourage you to please be safe. Remember your MSF training and keep your speed down so you have time and space to react to all the craziness on the road ... and live another day! 

Marine propulsion systems

NMF can be used in inboard and outboard engines where it is compatible with the hypoid gear oil and lower unit outdrives.

1 oz NMF per quart of base lubricant. 

Heavy equipment and farm equipment

1 oz NMF per quart of oil, transmission fluid, gear oil, or hydraulic fluid  

Lawnmowers and snow-blowers

1 oz NMF per quart of oil.  If it holds less than a quart oil, add the appropriate fraction of an ounce of NMF.  

2-stroke Engines

2-stroke engines do not have separate oil and fuel compartments.  Oil and fuel are mixed together.   It takes only a little NMF to make a big difference in performance.

Add NMF to the fuel at the mixture rate of 1 oz NMF per 20 gallons of fuel.  So, for example, for 5 gallons of fuel, you would add a ¼ ounce of NMF.  

Metal Working

NMF is compatible with oil- and water-based coolants used in milling and machining. 

1 oz NMF per quart of base lubricant. 

How fast does NMF work?

NMF activates immediately upon encountering the frictional field.  Within minutes, you should be able to sense reductions in vibration and noise which are indicators that NMF is working.  

Users report a steady improvement in performance for approximately three months at which the vehicle or machine plateaus at a level of maximum performance.

How often do I add NMF?

NMF is permanent and effective until you change the base lubricant.  

For example, if you treat your transmission with NMF, your transmission will stay defrictionized until you change the transmission fluid.  After changing the transmission fluid, re-add the appropriate amount of NMF.  

The same is true for engine oil, hydraulic fluid, gear oil, hub oil, CV joint grease, etc.  

If you top-off a lubricant, re-add NMF at the mixture rate of 1 oz NMF per quart of base lubricant.  For example, if you add a quart of engine oil, add an ounce of NMF.

CV Joints

Apply 1/2 teaspoon / 3 CC's NMF in each CV joint.  

One method is to stir the NMF into the grease and with a gloved hand pack it into the joint.  

A less-messy method is to use a syringe.  Poke a hole in the top of the boot and squeeze the NMFTM onto the joint from above.  In order to seal up the tiny hole in the boot made by the syringe some people have applied bicycle tube glue and it worked.  Others have skipped sealing up the hole without problems.  

1-time application is enough.

Mileage-related concerns?

New vehicles require friction, so it would be detrimental to apply NMF during the break-in period.  After that, at any mileage applying NMF is beneficial. 


Fuel economy

NMF will improve the fuel economy of any vehicle.  

Many factors affect fuel economy, so it would be irresponsible and legally untenable for GoNMF to guarantee an amount of improvement.  
To get a feel for how much your fuel mileage will improve, we recommend viewing testimonials of NMFTM users, many whom speak on improved fuel economy.  It would probably be safe to assume that your mileage will improve similarly to a customer whose vehicle and operating conditions are similar to yours. 

Some truckers report receiving even a mile more per gallon (16.59%) with NMF.  

For semi trucks only, we provide an 8% net fuel savings money-back guarantee

8% fuel savings or money-back guarantee

This offer applies only to semi trucks that are fully treated with NMF.  Please click on this link for details.   

Oil life

NMF™ extends the life of any base lubricant, conventional or synthetic.  Please see Oil and Fuel Savings for detailed information.

Fleets have the advantage of ready access to oil analysis technology.  If you are an individual and would like to test how far/long oil will last in your personal vehicle with NMF, there are companies which for a small fee will provide oil sample analysis reports.   Such companies can be found on the internet through a search on "oil sample analysis."  One tip on collecting your oil samples for analysis -- catch the oil in a testing bottle before it hits the oil pan.  If the oil is collected out of the oil pan, it may contain previously-present contaminants. 

Will NMF  "restore" worn engines or worn valve lifters etc?

NMF will help these pieces move better, but it will not restore any material to the parts. 

My vehicle is spewing black smoke.  Can NMF fix that?

In some cases, NMF can completely remedy the situation.  It depends on the reason for the smoke in your vehicle.

Black smoke is a sign of incomplete fuel combustion. The first step in trouble shooting smoke would be to make sure the air filter is clean and that the engine is breathing well. If the air is flowing well and smoke persists, then next step would be to check whether there is a poor spray pattern from a clogged or cracked or otherwise poorly-functioning injector. If your vehicle has a turbo charger, poor functioning of that turbo charger will also lead to smoke.  For example, large amounts of carbon build up can lead to poorly-fitting valves which also leads to smoke. Finally, heavy vibration causes blow-by, a key source of smoke in larger vehicles, as it represents unburnt fuel getting past the piston rings.  

Here's how NMF will eliminate or reduce black smoke:  

(1) Smoke generated by piston blow-by:  if your piston rings are young enough that they're not yet worn out and the source of your smoke is blow-by (fuel and carbon contamination of oil), NMF will probably be very helpful. NMF will dramatically reduce engine vibration, improving the consistent seal between the piston rings and the cylinder walls, reducing the smoke-producing blow-by. 

(2) Smoke due to poorly-functioning turbo-charger.  NMF will help reduce black smoke as preventative maintenance by improving the function of the turbo charger, helping it to spin more freely which leads to more boost and less pyrometer temperature which makes for a better air fuel mixture. 

(3) Clean oil:  Use of NMF leads to much cleaner oil, which means less carbon deposits on valves, pistons, head, and turbo charger vanes. 


By-pass filters

A bypass filter is an auxiliary filtration system.  For semi trucks, some by-pass filters can extend oil change intervals out to over 120,000 miles.

How will NMF affect a by-pass filter?  As the activated NMF is ionized and submolecular, it will not be removed by the bypass filter.  NMF will make the filter clean more effectively and extend the life of the cartridge.  Specifically, NMF charges the particle contamination so that it is no longer scrubbing and polishing the parts. This reduces the production rate of metal particulates and allows the filter to catch up and do a more thorough cleaning of the oil.  It also makes the cartridges last longer.

Diesel particulate filters (DPF)

A DPF is a unburned particle collection device built into the exhaust system.  There are several types of linings used but the purpose is the same -- to collect residue of hydrocarbon crud until the buildup is near clogging at which point there is a catalytic burn process called "regeneration."    

How will NMF affect a DPF?  by-pass filter?  Drivers using NMF often inform us that they seem to be going longer between regeneration cycles. It is difficult to trace this performance improvement specifically back to NMF, but we do hear this quite often.

Urea Systems

Urea is a compound of nitrogen that turns to ammonia when heated.  An aqueous Urea solution is mixed with de-ionized water to form Diesel Exhaust Fuel (DEF), the reactant necessary for the functionality of the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system employed on many vehicles since 2010 to meet regulations requiring reduced emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx).

To our knowledge, NMF does not affect Urea systems in any way.  Many NMF customers have a Urea system in their trucks, and they report that NMF runs fine with the system with no side effects.  NMF is simply reducing reducing friction--it is not changing the chemical composition of the oil mixture or fuel.



NMF can be used on both standard and automatic transmissions.  In automatic transmissions, NMF will defrictionize the valves and gears while not affecting the hyperdisks. 

Variable turbo geometry and highly-sensitive parts

Question:  newer engines often have variable turbo geometry and/or highly sensitive parts.  How will they be affected by NMF?  Any drawbacks?

We are not aware of any drawbacks to using NMF. In fact, turbo chargers are a place where there is the most instantaneous benefit to using NMF.  Drivers using NMF report a bigger turbo boost. With NMF, turbo chargers spin better, boost better, run cooler, and suffer much less metal fatique. 

Turbo chargers spin at very high RPMs. Any time there is a vibration that goes into a spinning object the spinning object will try to counter that. So when you have that response to the vibration, the counter-response creates a new vibration. There are thousands of layers of vibrations and counter vibrations occurring in a spinning turbo charger. For example, in a big truck, the front harmonic balancer and the fly wheel are on extreme ends of the crank shaft. So the input of a vibration into the balancer travels all the way through the engine to the fly wheel which sends it back. These layers upon layers of vibrations go back and forth between the two balancers and make the bearings--rather than go around in a clean circle--to rattle around inside. When you use NMF to release the friction the motions which were intended to be circular do become circular, resulting in efficiency.  

In other words, when you take the friction out of the turbo with NMF, gyroscopic responses to the vibrations go away, so the turbo actually spins in a more circular pattern than it was prior to the application of NMF (when it was spinning in a pattern more like that of a spyrograph). Without NMF, the frictional oscillation in turbo chargers creates much harmful peening and harmonic vibrations as the turbo is working. The NMF actually charges the turbo bearings and shafts so they are same-polarized electrically, taking the vibrations out. 
Additionally, NMF makes residue in motor oil not gather in the frictional area. For example, let's say you have a bearing that is going at 2500 RPMs. Without NMF, the charged particles would keep the sludge stuck to the bearing. With NMF, the particulates float freely. 
Finally, another benefit of taking the friction out of a turbo charger is that metal fatique is greatly reduced metal fatique.

NMF on differentials and CV joints to reduce vibration

Question:   “I have a 5 series BMW 4 WD with a front end vibration issue that the techs haven’t solved (2010 model, 150.000 km).  It occurs about  55-60 MPH and onwards. All the normal things have been done to no improvement, (tires, tie rods ends, linkage arms etc.).  I was thinking about putting NMF in the front differential and in the CV joints to see if it helps.  What do you think about that ? And if I do will it mix with the CV grease?”

This is a perfect situation in which to apply NMF, and yes, it will mix with the grease.  We anticipate that by applying 1 ounce / 30CCs to the differential and 1/2 teaspoon / 3 CC's NMF in each CV joint there will be a reduction in vibration.  After inserting the NMF, please let it sit for a few minutes before driving.  


Wet clutches

NMF is safe for wet clutches such as those on the Kawasaki Concours or Suzuki Boulevard.  

NMF is not a lubricant, contains no slippery liquid nor solid particles, and does not at all affect clutch plates. You can enjoy the benefits of NMF with full confidence.

NMF is not a colloid-type additives such as moly, graphite, or Teflon which are problematic for wet clutches because they make the clutch slip.  NMF has none of those negative affects.

Quick impact

Soon after applying NMF you can expect to notice reductions in vibration, noise, and hesitation.   


Alcohol-powered dragster

Question:  How will NMF affect the performance of a severe-use alcohol-powered dragster?

Answer:  In order to understand how NMFTM will benefit your racing experience, let's start with a review of friction and its related side effects. When parts move against each other they build an electrically-attractive bonding relationship with each other. The result of the bond is the resistance and opposition to motion known as friction.

When shafts rotate in bearings, the frictional relationship between the shaft and the bearings creates tiny vibrations (harmonic oscillations) that resonate and travel along the crankshaft. When flywheels and harmonic balancers are spinning, tremendous gyroscopic forces are generated. If you have ever held a spinning bicycle wheel in your hand, you can recall how it fights against any input you apply to the wheel. When a harmonic oscillation travels on the crank, it will be responded to by the flywheel and balancer alike. When the spinning gyroscopes respond to the vibrations, the result is an orbital twisting torque that is fed back into the engine. The orbital motion amplifies the vibration and rattles the whole engine, cylinders included.

This rattling leads to enlargement and wear of babbot or roller type bearings. When pistons are sliding in the vibrating cylinder, the piston is peened by the cylinder; all of this is wasting energy and creating wear. The electromagnetic field (EMF) causes carbon contaminates to unite together and form into abrasive clusters that wear on parts and create the other particles that can be found in an oil sample. When drive gears are moving against each other, the friction creates kinetic excitement that leads to expansion and tightness of gears. The tighter they get, the hotter they become --which makes them even tighter. A lubricant (slippery product or an engine-coating substance) will not stop these damaging side effects of friction because lubricants do nothing to address the cause of the friction.

NMFTM is not slippery and it doesn't coat your parts with anything. Instead, it is an electrically-excitable molecule that responds to the frictional field by generating free electrons into the compartment, causing all of the parts and wear particles to have the same polarity. There is no longer a bonding relationship between the parts, and there's no more source of harmonic oscillations in your crank bearings. When these vibrations are gone, the gyroscopes are no longer responding, and the orbital twisting forces go away; now the forces become perfectly circular.

So, here's what this means for an alcohol-fueled dragster. It means removal of thousands of pounds of vibrational forces, longer bearing life, reduction of polishing wear, quicker engine response, and cooler gears that move more easily with less wear. Parts will be in better shape upon inspection, and the release of previously-wasted energy will be evident in your race times.

Thank you for your questions.  Please keep them coming.

Do I need to use concentrated zinc oil?

NMFTM makes highly-concentrated zinc racing oil unnecessary. The friction reduction and parts protection provided by NMFTM is much more effective than that of zinc. So when you apply NMFTM, the zinc additive is just there for the ride.  It is not adding any benefit.  If you're using NMFTM, a lower zinc oil will do.

BACKGROUND:  The zinc that is used in the formulation of lubricant oils is not the same zinc that you would find in a battery or in a modern penny.   Zinc diakyl dithiophospate is a polar colloidal compound that is used in oils for its ability to produce a strong film that is highly attracted to parts in response to a frictional field.  

There are variations of zinc phosphates additives that require varying amounts of heat to be activated. In the past there were higher levels of these additives in most motor oil formulas but deposits from the zinc phosphates were found to be the reason for the failure of catalytic converters. This led to the reduction of the percentage of such additives that are contained in modern non racing oils. There is some level of zinc additive in most production car motor oils with the higher percentages being found in diesel truck oils. The level of zinc in racing oil is much higher as its not for use in cars with catalytic converters.

The frictional field which activates the zinc additives is the same one which activates NMFTM.   When the zinc additive in oil is activated by heat the zinc phosphates are attracted to the parts to create a strong film on the parts that keep the parts covered in a film. The film requires the frictional field in order to form and stay formed.


Cylinder and piston resistance

Question:  Many say that all engines must have a certain resistance in the cylinders/pistons to work properly, and that it is how the producers have constructed it. In relation to NMF, what are your comments to this?

Answer:  Without NMF, the friction naturally present in a vehicle causes vibration in the cylinders that allows some degree of blow-by, resulting in energy loss. This is especially apparent in large trucks, buses, and heavy equipment. By reducing the vibration, NMF actually creates a better seal in the cylinder than was originally present. NMF's friction reduction boundary layer is only ion-thick, smaller than a molecule. NMF doesn't change the tolerances of parts but just makes them move smoothly without vibrating in a manner which retains energy. That is one of the reasons our customers speak of reduced blow-by and increased usable horsepower.

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