Lubricating Vehicle Powertrain Systems with Molykote®

In this article, we explore Molykote® Smart Lubrication™ solutions for lubricating vehicle powertrain systems and more.

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Lubricating Vehicle Powertrain Systems

Increasing Propulsion Efficiency with Molykote®

Lubricating vehicle powertrain systems can be a difficult process due to the often critical lubrication specifications. Molykote®, our speciality lubricants brand from Dow Consumer Solutions, provides a range of carefully formulated high-performance Smart Lubrication™ solutions to help you reliably achieve:

  • High energy efficiency through reducing friction losses and increasing wear control
  • Greater comfort and aesthetics through improved smoothness and reduced noise and vibration
  • Improved safety through added component reliability, less wear and higher corrosion resistance
  • Increased sustainability through higher process efficiency and more durable component service life

Industrial Lubricats Vehicle Powertrain Systems

Molykote® Smart Lubrication™ Solutions for Increasing Propulsion Efficiency:

Molykote® Smart Lubrication™ solutions include:

  • Greases with special additives to resist water washout, evaporation or oxidation
  • Silicone compounds for light-load lubricating and sealing in extreme temperatures
  • Anti-seize pastes with high levels of lubricating solids for heavy loads and slow speeds
  • Anti-friction coatings for clean, dry-film lubrication to control friction, wear and noise
  • Solids and powders for plastics lubrication and specialised friction-control additives
  • Oils and dispersions with performance additives in synthetic or mineral blends

Benefits of Smart Lubrication™ solutions

Molykote®’s Smart Lubrication™ solutions can help you meet vehicle powertrain systems requirements through:

Industrial Lubricats Vehicle Powertrain Systems

Reducing engine and driveline friction, wear and NVH

  • Piston skirts and rings
  • Camshafts, tappets
  • Dual-mass flywheels (DMFW)
  • Transmission actuators
  • Constant-velocity joints (CVJs)
  • Ball joints, universal joints

Providing lifetime lubrication for difficult-to-access components

  • Alternator and fan clutch bearings
  • Starter motor gears, over-running clutches
  • Actuators Insulate and protect against moisture
  • Glow plug controllers
  • Ignition switches, spark plug boots

Reducing squeaks, rattles, unwanted noise and vibrations

  • HVAC switches, vents
  • Small motors and gears
  • Compressors

Ensuring proper assembly & non-destructive disassembly

  • Assembly fasteners, bolts, screws
  • Metal intake/exhaust gaskets

Smart Lubrication Selection Guide: Powertrain Applications


ApplicationDesign Need
Electric Motor BearingsReduced friction, noise and wear
Potential Solution(S)Product Highlights
Molykote® BG-20 Synthetic Bearing GreaseSynthetic grease with extreme-pressure and anti-wear additives for metal-metal lubrication


ApplicationDesign Need
Starter Motor Gears, Spline Shaft, ClutchReduced friction, wear and noise
Potential Solution(S)Product Highlights
Molykote® G-1021 GreaseSynthetic-oil-based grease for extremely low startup and running frictional resistance
Molykote® 3400A Anti-Friction CoatingHeat-cured dry-film lubricant with excellent adhesion, corrosion protection and low friction
Molykote® 33L Extreme Low-Temperature GreaseSilicone-based grease with excellent low-temperature resistance


ApplicationDesign Need
EGR ValveImproved fuel, oil and solvent resistance
Potential Solution(S)Product Highlights
Molykote® HP-870 GreaseSolvent-resistant, fluorinated grease with good high-temperature stability and ageing
Molykote® D-321 R Anti-Friction CoatingAir-drying bonded lubricant with excellent heat-ageing resistance under heavy loads


ApplicationDesign Need
Spark Plug Boots, Ignition SwitchesImproved water resistance
Potential Solution(S)Product Highlights
Molykote® G-5008 Dielectric GreaseSilicone grease designed for rubber and ceramic pairings


ApplicationDesign Need
Electronic Transmission ActuatorReduced friction and corrosion
Potential Solution(S)Product Highlights
Molykote® BR-2 Plus High-Performance GreaseMineral-oil-based grease with solid lubricants and extreme-pressure additives


ApplicationDesign Need
CV Joints, Universal JointsReduced friction and wear
Potential Solution(S)Product Highlights
Molykote® G-4700 Extreme Pressure Synthetic GreaseNLGI GC-LB-certified extreme-pressure grease for heavy loads and vibrations
ApplicationDesign Need
Engine Bolts, FastenersImproved assembly with proper tightening torque
Potential Solution(S)Product Highlights
Molykote® D-321 R Anti-Friction CoatingAir-drying bonded lubricant with excellent heat-ageing resistance under heavy loads
Molykote® G-n Metal Assembly PasteMineral-oil-based paste with solid lubricants for very low coefficient of friction

Sustainable Design Solutions

Raw materials of Molykote® Smart Lubrication™ solutions include base oils such as silicone, mineral or polyalphaolefin (PAO); solid lubricants such as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 ) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE); thickeners such as lithium; and various performance additives to inhibit rust, resist wear or withstand extreme pressure. These qualities make it ideal for lubricating vehicle powertrain systems. In addition:

  • Molykote® brand anti-friction coatings (AFCs) provide bonded lubrication for pistons and rings to help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
  • Molykote® brand lubricants help reduce friction, wear and corrosion on dual-mass flywheels, constant-velocity joints and starter motor gears and over-running clutches.
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