maximus breakdown at high temp?

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maximus breakdown at high temp?

Samadhi Samadhi
So I had some maximus lube, a full bottle, that accidentally was left in my trunk all summer - 90 days of 85-100 degrees. I just found it and its texture looks....strange. Can't really describe it; not smooth liquid anymore, almost like its broken down or separated? I have in the past heated it in the microwave accidentally too hot (to the point of burning skin) but even then it still held its form fine, maybe thinning a little. This is different. I know the obvious answer is, don't risk it throw it away, but I err...need it tonight and its kind of expensive to just trash a full bottle.

Couldn't find any info online or on the bottle regarding maximum safe temp for the chemical composition....anyone help me out here?
08/27/2011
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Ghost Ghost
Can you be more clear about the visual state of the lubricant? By the way, your car reaches an internal temperature of 100 to 125 degrees on hot days.

Also, does the lube have an unusual odor?

Maximus is made up of a number of organic ingredients, many of which CAN break down at high temperatures. Phenoxyethanol can break down to an acetaldehyde product. Propylene glycol can degrade to acidic products. Parabens break down into hydrobenzoic acid.

It's possible that your product has undergone some break down, changing the pH of the solution, thereby causing a "separation" -type effect, especially when the cellulose polymer begins to precipitate out of solution. I personally would no longer use the product.
08/27/2011
Samadhi Samadhi
Quote:
Originally posted by Ghost
Can you be more clear about the visual state of the lubricant? By the way, your car reaches an internal temperature of 100 to 125 degrees on hot days.

Also, does the lube have an unusual odor?

Maximus is made up of a number of organic ...
Ok if you take a bottle of soda and let it sort of half freeze into a slurry? That's the closest I can describe. Still clear, and you only notice that slurry appearance when you up-end it and let it run down the sides of the bottle (totally translucent when looked at from the side); I think I'm making it sound worse than it is..) Seems thicker as well. The slight smell seems no different than whats normal for Maximus.

Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but I've done some pretty dangerous bedroom things in the past and my luck is sure to be running out..
08/27/2011
Samadhi Samadhi
Quote:
Originally posted by Ghost
Can you be more clear about the visual state of the lubricant? By the way, your car reaches an internal temperature of 100 to 125 degrees on hot days.

Also, does the lube have an unusual odor?

Maximus is made up of a number of organic ...
Ok if you take a bottle of soda and let it sort of half freeze into a slurry? That's the closest I can describe. Still clear, and you only notice that slurry appearance when you up-end it and let it run down the sides of the bottle (totally translucent when looked at from the side); I think I'm making it sound worse than it is..) Seems thicker as well. The slight smell seems no different than whats normal for Maximus.

Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but I've done some pretty dangerous bedroom things in the past and my luck is sure to be running out..
08/27/2011
Ghost Ghost
lol.. The coagulant is probably the cellulose gum, which in itself is not dangerous. However, it will have coagulated due to a drop in pH. Honestly, I wouldn't use it!
08/27/2011
CafeSabroso CafeSabroso
I would agree. Toss it! At the very least, it's not going to feel good due to chemical changes. Worse, the temperatures it was exposed to are nice for culturing, and it's possible your bottle of lube is now host to colonies of microbes. Lube is a consumable, you'd eventually be buying a new bottle anyways.
08/28/2011
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