Consider the astounding leaps forward in automotive engineering made in the last two generations, and then ask yourself why you're still using essentially the same motor oil your grandfather put in his car. Synthetic oil has been designed the meet the demands of the modern engine. Despite representing a larger initial investment, it makes your car work better, longer, and more efficiently. It's the superior choice—and here's three reasons why:
Mineral-based oils are made from heavily refined crude oil which is then blended with other chemicals. Despite excessive refining, these oils will always have some level of insoluble contaminants, such as paraffin, silicon, or dirt. These substances can build up within the engine, this effects performance and can necessitate costly and time-consuming repair jobs.
Synthetic oils are man-made from natural gases and alcohols, and are pure from day one—no contaminants exist at all. More advanced refining processes also customize molecules to provide more efficient performance. Mineral-based oil has molecules of different sizes, meaning they create more friction when they collide, whereas synthetic oil molecules create less friction since they are of uniform size and mass. Unnecessary heat caused by this friction can damage the engine and makes for inefficient fuel consumption.
Gets You Started Faster
When your car uses synthetic oil, the engine can reach peak operating levels in no time flat. This is because they are thinner than mineral-based oils, which move very slowly and starve the engine during start-up to make the system less efficient.
The thinness of synthetic oil also helps protect the engine. The slow circulation of tradition motor oil means that parts are unlubricated during the initial minutes of your drive, this is creates engine wear and is a particular problem if you make many short journeys during the day. A synthetic oil produces much faster lubrication to the critical parts of your machine, so the engine will be more durable.
Synthetic oils have naturally high viscosity indices, which essentially means they resist changes in thickness which can be caused by high temperatures, meaning they can provide versatile reliability. The molecules in mineral-based oil can break down at high temperature engines. When this happens, metal-on-metal contact can take place, which causes serious and irreparable damage to engines.
Low temperatures also cause synthetic oil to shine. They have a higher pour point (the ability to flow in cold temperatures), so proper mobil lubricant occurs even in the dead of winter.
These benefits exist because synthetic oil has be designed with those specific points in mind. Mineral-based oil will still run your car, but it's beaten by synthetic oil in every place that counts.Share