Three Key Benefits of Synthetic Oil
In recent years, synthetic oils have revolutionized the world of lubrication. Synthetic oils have many benefits for passenger cars, race cars, fleet trucks and boats, and heavy construction equipment. Many people are still not aware of the amazing benefits of synthetic oils.
You’ll see how much better synthetic oils can protect your engine the sooner you switch. Continue reading to discover the greatest benefits of synthetic oils. Synthetic oils provide three key benefits.
1) Higher Flash Point
The flashpoint is the oldest method to determine the oil’s characteristics. An oil’s flashpoint is its ability to combust when it is mixed with air. The flashpoint is the temperature at which an ignition source could cause oil to catch fire.
Also, flash point is expressed in terms of temperature. Oils with higher flash points are generally more desirable. They will withstand high temperatures, and they are more stable and resistant to temperature-related issues.
Before making a decision, always verify the oil’s flashpoint. No matter what type of oil you use, synthetic oils will have higher flashpoints than conventional oils. Oils tend to be better than most other oil brands for a flashpoint.
2) Lower Friction
Petroleum is the base of all conventional motor oils. Petroleum in its purest form contains many impurities and byproducts. Even after petroleum is refined to make motor oil, it remains surprisingly heterogeneous. This is especially true when it comes to the size and composition of the oil molecules.
Variation in the molecular sizes can impact the oil’s performance in terms of friction. Oils with different molecular sizes will have greater internal friction. Synthetic oils are produced in a way that produces a product that is uniform. Random pebbles (conventional oils) are more uniform than the uniform ball bearings of synthetic oils.
Synthetic oil molecules have almost identical characteristics in their mass and shape. This means that oil movement will produce less friction. This promotes lower operating temperatures. This reduces friction-based wear and tear on your engine as it runs.
3) Higher shear strength
One of the most important characteristics of oil is its viscosity. Ideal oil should have even viscosity at any temperature. This would ensure that the operating conditions are constant, regardless of how hot or cold your engine is at any particular moment. All oils lose some viscosity when they heat up or are subject to stress. All motor oils are tested at a standard temperature of 210 degrees F. The viscosity of motor oil in a functioning engine is not determined by how it looks in the bottle.
Shear strength is the oil’s ability to resist viscosity change. Conventional oils are relatively weak in shear strength, which means their viscosity changes with engine temperature. This can lead to permanent changes in the oil’s viscosity over time. Special additives are used in most oils to combat this tendency.
Synthetic oils, however, have a higher shear strength than their natural counterparts. Synthetic oils can perform at all temperatures better. Synthetic oil, for example, will not thicken as it cools. Your vehicle will have a half-inch easier time starting up when the oil cools, which means less stress on your engine once it reaches temperature.