Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) that have come through our door. If you can't find the answer to a question you're looking for, please feel free to contact PM Lubricants directly and talk to the industry leaders in all facets of engine lubrication.

Q. What does "PM" stand for?

A. PM stands for:
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Profit Maximization
  • Performance Maximization
  • Power Maximization
  • Peace of Mind

Q. Where are PM Lubricants made?

A.  In Australia! PM Lubricants are blended with base stocks and additive packages all sourced in Australia. The broad climatic, geographic and operating conditions of Australia are unique. PM Lubricants Australia specifically formulates all their lubricants to provide “Preventative Maintenance” quality protection for the varied, extreme and harsh Australian conditions. Consequently, PM Lubricants products perform exceptionally well in other countries as well.

Q. What brand of oil is PM?

A.  Put simply - Extremely High Quality! To illustrate – a multigrade engine oil is formulated from three different base stocks and nine specific performance additives blended together to produce the desired performance level lubricant. The resultant quality depends on both the quality and quantity of all the blended constituents. At PM, first, we formulate to achieve a very high load carrying capability. To that we add long life, achieving much lower wear rates and much longer oil drain periods.

Q. Why can PM Lubricants safely do up to 100,000 Klms/1,000 Hrs and more between oil changes?

A.  See previous answer. PM Engine Oils in Cars are capable of up to 50,000 Klms in service. PM Engine Oils in Road Transport/Agricultural/Earthmoving Equipment are capable of up to 100,000 Klms / 1,000 Hrs and more in service. This is achieved with total safely, peace of mind and no guess work using PM's unique, on-site oil monitoring program.

 Q. Why do PM Lubricants increase the Load Carrying Capability of their Lubricants? What are the advantages?

A.  The basic philosophy behind ALL PM Lubricants Formulations is to increase the Film Strength or Load Carrying Capability and Wear Control Properties 2 to 3 times higher than ordinary commercial lubricants, creating... "A FRACTION OF THE FRICTION". This Extraordinary High Film Strength or Load Carrying Capability enables PM's lubricants to carry and resist much heavier mechanical loads and pressure without breaking down or shearing. This property provides an “Extra Protection Reserve” - the PM - XPR FACTOR.The Extraordinary High Film Strength built into PM's lubricants greatly enhances the ability of the lubricants to withstand extreme pressure, therefore minimizing friction and metal to metal contact and subsequently providing maximum protection and minimum wear, even in the harshest conditions.Having a fraction of the friction substantially reduces wear, heat and drag, which are all generated by friction. This gives you superior wear, heat control and components protection, making it possible to safely extend the life of your oils and your equipment, increasing the availability and profitability of your equipment

What made you decide to produce such high quality lubricants?

A.  During the 1970’s and early 80’s, we were state distributors of an American range of lubricants renowned for their protective capabilities in very large mining and other heavy equipment. The price was awesome, but major mining companies preferred that quality brand for the obvious cost benefits and savings, i.e. much lower wear rates on moving parts, which of course translates to extended service life with far less maintenance/down time.Rating downtime in thousands of dollars per hour, mechanical reliability is worth not just the cost of downtime, but also the value of production for the same period of time. There is no real cost-effective alternative. From that experience we understood that producing lubricants to achieve more profitable operation of heavy machinery, transport or other equipment would help operators to achieve higher profitability with far fewer repairs and maintenance costs. So we have done that right here in Australia. PM's premium quality, preventative maintenance lubricants will save you significant time and money, increasing productivity and profitability.

Q. Do you use special after market additives in PM Lubricants?

A.  Here is some inside information on additives. The additives used by PM Lubricants Australia are chosen from a range of performance specific additive packages produced by major international additive companies. Some of these international companies are Lubrizol, Addibis and Chevron who examine the requirements of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's). They then research and produce specific products to meet those requirements. There are variations in quality of additives.Technical data is made available worldwide to those involved in formulating lubricants. Consequently, we have choices. We select additive packages that are not only compatible, but are also synergistic, enhancing the performance characteristics of all the other constituents of the blend.No aftermarket additives need to nor should be used with PM Lubricants, as they will alter the dielectric value of the finished product, negating the dielectric on-site oil quality monitoring readings if predictive monitoring is practiced.Laboratory testing has also proven that the addition of aftermarket additives actually decreases the performance of PM's lubricants

Why are PM Lubricants dearer than ordinary commercial lubricants?

A.  The short answer is quality. All PM Lubricants are produced with exceptional performance criteria as their benchmark. Ordinary commercial lubricants are formulated to meet the international classifications, e.g. SG, SH, CF, G4, etc. PM Lubricants Australia first establishes formulations to meet those requirements, then adds in the high performance characteristics of minimized wear, maximizing long life and cleanliness. The net result is far lower vehicle or machinery operating costs.PM Lubricants only have to achieve two or three times the service life in your vehicle over what your normal oil would do, and they have more than covered the replacement cost of the oils

Q. Where can I buy PM Lubricants?

A.   There are registered PM Lubricants Distributors in Australia and New Zealand. PM Distributors are all users of PM Lubricants, the majority of whom become PM Distributors after experiencing the benefits first hand. Buy through them or from PM Lubricants Australia direct.

Q. What do you mean by ‘Predictive Maintenance’ in lubrication?

A. The term “Predictive Maintenance” is synonymous with Condition Monitoring and infers predicting potential lubrication problems and advisable or necessary Preventative Maintenance Action. PM Lubricants Australia provide Electronic, Oil Quality Monitoring equipment to determine the ‘safe’ or other condition of the lubricant while in use on site. (*Refer to article On-Site, Diagnostic, Electronic Oil Quality Monitoring) A ‘Remote Monitoring’ service is also provided using the same equipment that can also highlight abnormal conditions such as water, fuel and metals of sub micron particle size. The process takes only minutes on-site, and may provide early warning of a catastrophic failure, which can be prevented. Any abnormality will suggest a larger sample be taken and sent to an Oil Analysis Laboratory

Q. What do you mean by ‘Preventative Maintenance’ in lubrication?

A.  There are a variety of forms of Preventative Maintenance, some of which is unnecessarily expensive e.g. maintenance scheduled by time, such as hydraulic pumps within the company being brought in for service every 6 months. But while some may have worked 2,000 hours, others may have worked only 50 hours. So it was unnecessary, and therefore expensive to remove, disassemble, reassemble and replace in terms of labor costs. As the lubricant is the life-blood of any lubricated machinery, an on-site knowledge of the condition of the lubricant can provide indications of any necessary mechanical action required. (*Refer Predictive Maintenance above.)
Preventative Maintenance is:  
  • Taking the necessary steps to ensuring the equipment is in safe condition to operate productively and economically until the next inspection
  • To take any necessary mechanical action to restore the equipment to safe condition

Q. Will my Manufacturers Warranty be effected if I use PM Lubricants?

A.  There are few equipment manufacturers that have a named list of lubricant preferences. Local agents may also be lubricant distributors and frequently they will advise if asked, that to use any other lubricant will effectively void the manufacturer's warranty. This is not true in most instances, and is contrary to the Restrictive Trade Practices Act.Equipment manufacturers generally publish in the machine manuals the lubricant classification what they prefer i.e. SH, SG, CE for engine oils, or GL4, GL5, MTI etc. for transmission oils.PM Lubricants Australia has a range of engine oils, transmission fluids and hydraulic fluids to meet the various Internationally Accepted Classifications. Manufacturers may question the PM Lubricants Australia extended oil drain periods (subject to oil quality monitoring), but since 1982, PM Lubricants have been formulating and producing lubricants capable of in-service life of up to ten times longer than ordinary commercial oils.To alleviate concern, PM Lubricants Australia has its own Product Liability Insurance to cover the cost of any failure of a PM Product. It has never been called on since it was established some 33 years ago!

Q. Can you explain PM’s Complete, Predictive and Preventative Maintenance Lubrication Concept?

A.  PM’s Complete, Predictive and Preventative Maintenance Lubrication Concept combines two key technologies:
  • PM’s own PREMIUM QUALITY, Long Life, Friction Minimizing Lubricants
  • PM’s unique, On-Site, Diagnostic, Electronic Oil Quality Monitoring program
Which is backed up by:
  • PM’s Identigraph Reporting Procedures
  • PM’s Laboratory Analysis support
  • PM Lubricants Australia interpretation of Lab Reports
Adopt this Complete PM Lubrication Concept and PM Lubricants Australia absolutely guarantees you will convert $150 per $1,000 (15%) of your current operating costs into profit.

Q. What is the Key to Predictive and Preventative Maintenance?

A.  On-site, Diagnostic, Electronic Oil Quality Monitoring using a Lubri-Sensor or Lube-Safe, is the Key to:
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Peace of Mind
  • Profit Maximization
  • Performance Maximization
Electronic Oil Quality Monitoring with a Lubri-Sensor or Lube-Safe enables you to:
  • Electronically “look” at the quality, condition and total contaminant level of your lubricants
  • Take the guess work out of when to change your oil
  • Safely extend oil drain intervals by 3 to 10 times
  • Safely extract maximum useful life out of your oil
  • Safely and inexpensively extend the life of your equipment
 The ability to measure total contaminant level of your oil also enables you to “see” what is happening inside your equipment, giving you advance warning of potential:
  • Lubricant Degradation - by detecting excessive fuel, water or silicon (dirt) contamination and oxidation or fuel soot build-up
  • Mechanical Failure - by detecting unusual wear metal debris levels, indicating potential and expensive parts failure
This enables you to predict and plan maintenance, thus preventing expensive, unscheduled breakdown maintenance, giving you more control over the where, when and how of your maintenance and servicing program.

Q. What is “On Site, Diagnostic, Electronic Oil Quality Monitoring”, and what will it tell me?

A.  “On-Site, Diagnostic, Electronic Oil Quality Monitoring” in simple terms is facilitated using a hand held, electronic oil analyzing instrument which compares the "dielectric value" of a sample of oil in service against the "dielectric value" of a new, unused sample of the same brand and grade of oil. Every oil literally has its own electronic identity or fingerprint by virtue of the additives incorporated into the formulation. These instruments are called “Lubri-Sensors”, of which there are several models.
To monitor oil in use, a sample is taken on-site as quickly as possible after shutdown to ensure a truly representative sample. You first establish the dielectric constant value of the oil as new, and then apply the used oil sample to establish its dielectric value. Any deviation from the ‘new’ value will register as contamination.
A numerical reading is established against known safe ‘rejection thresholds’ clearly shown on our identigraphs. Additionally, any variation after 30 seconds can be further interpreted as problem areas. The most common is water (e.g. failed head gasket), fuel soot (e.g. incorrect fuel/air ratio), metal, the particles sizes of which will be below 40 microns, invisible to the naked eye.

Q. Why should I monitor the condition of my lubricants?

A.  Oil is the life-blood of all lubricated machinery.
The condition of the lubricant in any machine, engine, hydraulic system, gearbox etc. is of extreme importance. Knowing when abnormalities occur in your oil provides opportunity to prevent breakdown or even total failure. Some 80% of abrasive wear is generated by minute particles of metals that continue to circulate in the lubricating oil. Too fine to be arrested by standard filters they cause further expensive wearing complications.
Ingress of silicon (dust) via an inefficient or damaged air induction system is the most common cause of metal abrasion in engines, transmissions etc. Condition Monitoring will determine problems at early stages, dictating correct preventative maintenance action; thereby minimizing costs of repairs, labor, parts and down time while maximizing productive/useful uptime.

Q. Who uses PM Lubricants?

A.  Since 1982, PM lubricants have been widely accepted wherever people need lubricants. PM Lubricants are used to great effect in agricultural applications, cars and 4WD’s, earthmoving and mining equipment, marine (commercial and recreational), motorcycles (2 stroke and 4 stroke), road transport and motor racing.
On average, people who use PM Lubricants and take advantage of PM’s Complete Predictive and Preventative Maintenance Lubrication Concept, find that they convert approximately 15% of their operating costs into profit.

Q. Are PM Lubricants used in motor racing?

A.  Yes. Since 1982, PM Lubricants has backed and sponsored vehicles in almost every aspect of motor sport and motor racing, many of which became or were champions at state or national level. There are many race teams and drivers who use PM products independently without sponsorship as well because of its reputation.PM Lubricants are the only Australia lubricants ever trusted and used in an indy racing car and with outstanding results.
Some past and present racing events in which PM Lubricants was represented include:
  • Bathurst 12hr
  • Eastern Creek 12hr
  • Drag Racing - Cars and Bikes
  • Formula Fords
  • Formula Vee
  • Go-Carts
  • Gemini
  • Hill Climbing
  • HQ Holden
  • Indy
  • Motor cycles, 2 and 4 stroke, road and off-road racing
  • Australian Porsche Cup Championship
  • Power Ducks (high speed, 2 stroke engine water racing craft)
  • Racing Lawn Mowers – 4 stroke
  • Speedway – Cars and Bikes
  • Targa Tasmania
  • Group A
Call to action: If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact PM Lubricants directly on 07 3711 5822
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