Ronald Reagan, my personal hero and a great American, is quoted as saying: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” I’ve thought about that statement a lot in the years since the Reagan presidency. It occurs to me now, that the greatest pains that I have felt in the automotive industry have been by virtue of government regulations.
Check out the video we put together all about the COMP Cams Engine Break In Oil!
Let’s take the ZDDP rules, for example. As a result of extensive testing, mostly paid for by the automotive buying public, the EPA has determined that zinc, phosphorus, molybdenum, and detergents that are major components in motor oil, are bad for the environment. Zinc and phosphorus are the primary targets of the EPA’s regulatory agenda. Never mind that zinc and phosphorus are naturally occurring elements, the EPA is from the government is and here to help, so they restricted their use.
Restricting the use of zinc and phosphorus in motor oils had an immediate impact on gearheads like us. Camshafts began failing at an alarming rate. Lobes on new camshafts were getting wiped quicker than Kanye West could interrupt an acceptance speech. Almost immediately, fingers were being pointed at camshaft manufacturers, foundries, and inferior metals. When the dust settled, it became clear that the absence of adequate levels of ZDDP was the true culprit in the camshaft failures.
My good friends at COMP Cams have come up with the ultimate solution for the hardcore gearhead – the guy who actually puts his engine to the test on the track. COMP Cams, the company that came up the oil additive that helped eliminate premature camshaft failure due to the lack of zinc, has now taken the next step by refining and marketing a break-in oil.
They may not be from the government, but they are here to help.
Up until now, engine builders and mechanics have been forced to add protective oil additives to oil while breaking-in an engine. It’s also done periodically during an engine’s maintenance cycle, to ensure long lasting performance.
COMP Cams teamed up with Endure Performance Lubricants to develop the break-in oil. This is the start of a complete line of performance lubricants from this partnership.
The break-in oil also allows for maximum performance by improving the surface mating of valve train components, especially flat tappet lifters and camshafts. The rotating assembly, rod journals, piston rings, valve guides and other vital areas of the engine mating surfaces also benefit from the surface coating. This proprietary formula includes the optimum amount of the critical additives ZDDP, Molybdenum, detergents and high-grade base oil.
The multi-viscosity, mineral-based oil is fully-formulated and requires no additives or supplements. It is fully compatible with gasoline, methanol and high octane racing fuels.
Due to existing government regulations, COMP Cams break-in oil is labeled “not street legal” (nudge, nudge, wink, wink), but nothing says you can’t break-in your motor on the engine dyno with this new blend. As for all of us at PowerTV, our non-street race cars (wink, wink) will be running with COMP’s break-in oil.
As for the government guys, I’ll leave you with another quote from President Reagan: “Approximately 80 percent of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let’s not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.”
Facts are stubborn things.