Motor oil is an essential lubricant that no engine can do without very long. It is in fact so essential motors won’t run without it. Driving a car with low to no motor oil is inviting massive expense for replacing a blown engine.
Oil levels should be checked regularly, and leaks repaired immediately. If your car is older, and you drive it long distances regularly, you need to check it more often.
In addition to repairing leaks and keeping your engine oil checked, consider other engine protection measures. For instance, scientific advancements in motor oil which offer superior protection are available.
Synthetic oil development is probably the most significant protection measure developed for your car’s engine in recent years.
Regular motor oil is basically refined crude oil with additives blended in. Even what people refer to as regular oil has additives.
The earliest motor oil developers of the late 1800’s used oils from animals and plants to blend oils without much success. These blends tended to gum up in cold weather.
More recently, motor oil science has made major strides in the synthetic oil market. Synthetics are now so common most new cars use them. Take a look at these three important facts about synthetic oil before you buy it.
1- Types of Synthetic Oil
First, what exactly does the term, synthetic oil, mean? Synthetic oil is oil that has been scientifically altered; it is not just a simple blend.
This oil has been broken down and restructured at its molecular level. It is oil which has had its basic composition enhanced with more of what protects internal engine parts. This chemical alteration equips this oil to outperform traditional oil.
Synthetic oil is produced in two basic types: synthetic blend and full synthetic. Synthetic blends are a mix of regularly produced crude oil and synthetic bases. It is simply enhanced motor oil.
It is superior in quality to regular oil, but it is not as good as full synthetic. The regular oil base limits the full protection a full synthetic offers.
Full synthetic oil is pure synthetic base stock derived from regular oil but with additives which enhance protective properties even more. It includes more synthetic polymers which break down more slowly and offer better protection.
How these different blends of synthetic oil are mixed determines overall protection efficiency. Some have a greater percentage of a protection agent than another.
These different formulations do not differ greatly, but even a slight difference makes a protection level difference.
The best guide for selecting the full synthetic formulated for your car is your Owner’s Manual. Usually listed under ‘Fluids’, or some version of the term, you should find the perfect synthetic match.
2- Synthetic Oil Advantages
With all this talk about the superiority of synthetic oil, just what are some of its advantages? Are these advantages worth the price? That is the question only you can answer after you review the facts.
Synthetic oil has fewer impurities left in it after refining. It goes through a more thorough ‘cleansing’ during its refining process. As mentioned above, it is broken down to its molecular level.
It is then re-engineered, distilled and purified during this entire process. You have a cleaner product going into your engine to coat and protect internal parts. This means you have a much cleaner internal engine. Internally cleaner engines run more efficiently.
Another distinct advantage is that this oil is infused with stronger protective polymers. These polymers give the oil longer life before the oil starts to lose its protective qualities. This superior level of protection reduces internal component wear of the engine.
3- Synthetic Oil Superior Flow Rate
What happens on those cold winter nights? Everything exposed to the frigid temperatures’ freezes, right? Well, it has to get amazingly cold to freeze oil, but oil does settle after a vehicle has not been driven for a while.
The critical difference with synthetic oil is that it responds more quickly than conventional oil and even synthetic blends. Full synthetic is engineered to flow readily even at extremely low temperatures.
That means those cold internal engine parts get coated more quickly. That reduces wear upon cold startups.
Synthetic blends are a huge step up in engine protection. They add a level of protection regular oils cannot. Full synthetic oil is an equally huge step above synthetic blends. They offer maximum protection currently available for your vehicle engine.
You decide; regular protection, better protection or superior protection. Oil changes with the best oil are much less expensive than engine replacements.