Finol explains differences with fully synthetic engine oils

Engine oils come in a number of compositions and contain a number of grades and play several important roles in keeping your engine healthy. You might already know that synthetic oils typically exceed conventional oils in performance, with this usually highlighted in the price as synthetic oils are more expensive than their conventional cousins. But as we investigate further into the area of synthetic oils you might not know the difference between synthetic blend oils and full synthetic oils. 

So what does synthetic mean?

While a traditional mineral or conventional oil is formulated from refined crude oil, synthetic oils are made up of chemical compounds artificially made by breaking down and then rebuilding petroleum molecules. This creates an oil that contains specific molecules that are developed to provide optimal lubrication properties. 

Types of synthetic oil

There are two  types of synthetic oil: synthetic blend oil and full synthetic oil. Here are the key differences between both. Synthetic blend oil is a mix of conventional motor oils and synthetic base stocks. Due to this mix, the synthetic base stock will help to provide greater performance and protection than you would by using a conventional oil on its own   Full synthetic oil uses a synthetic base stock that is then mixed with an assortment of additives that improve the performance of the oil. While all synthetics on the market may offer a higher level of protection than conventional or synthetics blends, not all synthetics are created equal. All synthetic brands use a combination of high-performance fluids and additives with these formulations providing varying types of performance and protection. 

To determine which synthetic is best for you, consider what type of protection you need.  For example, do you require factors such as better wear protection? Cleaner engine? Durability? 

Why do synthetics differ in performance?

There are a number of reasons why synthetics differ in performance and protection but the fundamental reason is that not all synthetics are developed the same way. They can contain numerous different types and mixtures of base oils and additives. Even slight alterations can have a major effect on performance. 

For example, add a bit more of one additive and you get better protection, but you might lose some performance or cleanliness. Cut back on this additive and you get better performance at high temperatures, but the cold-weather start-up may be reduced.  So taking this into account, what is your best approach? The best method is to look for a full synthetic product that is developed for optimal performance in every area. That way, you’re not finding reductions in one area just to get allow better performance in another. You should also look to select synthetic oils that use high-quality base stocks which will ensure increased performance and protection.  Most importantly, you should always consult your owners manual or speak to a mechanic in regards to the right engine oil for your vehicle.

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With technology constantly evolving, automotive engines are being designed to be more dynamic, faster and efficient But as these innovations are introduced, not only does global demand increase but the demand for newer regulations and cleaner energies grow as car manufacturers find ways to lower emissions, including CO2. Therefore the objective is to enhance technologies for greater efficiency, without increased environmental costs. These innovations also bring challenges such as increased temperatures, oil degradation and sludge build-up. These factors can in turn dramatically increase the risk of premature breakdown.

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Published on: December 9, 2020

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