Question: What's the Best Synthetic Oil?

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Nope!

Just like any other product you buy, they’re built for profit at a given price. For example, some use cheaper ingredients so they can be cheaper for you.

When you take your car for a conventional oil change, the “installer” often gives you whatever oil they can buy in bulk. Here’s the catch: they have a vested interest in having you come back…again, again…and again….

In fact, YOU are the only one with a vested interest in keeping your car running WELL for a LONG TIME, aren’t you? Think how many people want you to buy a new car! Aren’t mechanics kind of happy to see you coming? Every time an engine blows, SOMEONE gets his wings….

We’re all about “creating American jobs” but not that way, folks! Plus, you can buy American-made synthetics and rock THAT all the way to the bank.

Big Oil Is Good Enough, Isn’t It?

If you’re going for “good enough”, there’s lots of oils that can do the job. People washed their laundry with sticks and rocks for a long time, too, and that worked pretty good….

Conventional oils have served us well for generations. Oil guys got rich and built libraries. We honor you, standard oil! But times have changed. We can do a little better now. In fact, we can do a lot better! We don’t need to wash our laundry with sticks anymore!

Conventional oils did their job. It’s just that synthetics are designed specifically to function BETTER. They hold up better in extreme heat, function better in extreme cold…and that means longer engine life.

If you can switch to a better product for less than you’re already spending, why in the world wouldn’t you?

We won’t even START on all the reasons why you should question sending more money overseas.

Sometimes people stick with what they know just because they’re familiar with it. Anyway, let’s throw out those laundry sticks…and step up to what the kids are doing….

Should I Use a Synthetic Oil?

We think EVERYONE should switch to synthetics because they’re better for your engines & equipment…and also better for the environment.

The 3k mile myth is alive and well…even though many major car companies have recognized that synthetics perform very well with extended drain intervals. That means many people are changing oil several times a year. Just by switching to an extended interval synthetic, an average driver could save up to 20 quarts of oil PER YEAR!

Here’s why most people switch to synthetics:

  • Better gas mileage
  • Less friction in the engine
  • Less engine wear…longer engine life
  • Lower engine temps
  • Less maintenance & downtime (changing oil at 7500, 10k or 25k miles instead of 3k)
  • Better performance in higher-temperature (severe) conditions
  • Performance at low temps…they ease the “cold-start” pain for engines


We’ve used AMSOIL synthetics in all of our engines and equipment since 1974. At that time, we were blown away by the results and that continues today.

If you truly don’t care how long your engine lasts (some people admit to that, when the economy’s good! They’d rather toss out a truck than take care of it) then synthetics might not be for you.

The actual dollar COST of synthetics is actually LESS than conventional oils, so unless you like killing engines, I’d say it’s worth it.

Does the Oil Really Matter That Much?

ABSOLUTELY. Lubrication…or lack thereof…is one of the MAJOR causes of engine failure.

Engines and transmissions contain hundreds of moving parts. Their metal surfaces look smooth, but they’re actually full of tiny peaks and valleys. When the peak of one surface touches another it causes wear. Wear can lead to costly component damage or failure. Oil should help to minimize engine wear and prevent engine failure.

Conventional Oils Work Okay…But Not Perfectly

Conventional oils (like most people are familiar with) are refined from crude oil. Refining is the process of separating light oil components from heavy
ones.

Crude oil contains a full range of different kinds of molecules. Many are similar in weight but not structure. The refining process can’t distinguish such molecules, so conventional oil contains a wide assortment of molecules. Many of these crude oil molecules are not beneficial to the lubrication process. For example:

  • Paraffin causes refined lubricants to thicken and flow poorly in cold temperatures.
  • Molecules containing sulfur, nitrogen and other elements invite the formation of sludge and other byproducts of lubricant breakdown, especially in high temperatures

Sludge and breakdown by-products significantly increase wear rates.  The different shapes of the assorted molecules of refined lubricants means lubricant surfaces are irregular at the molecular level.  As lubricant layers flow across one another, these irregularities create friction…which consumes power, reduces fuel efficiency and increases heat and wear.

Why Do Synthetics Work Better?

Synthetics can be “designed” and tailored very specifically to the needs of everyday applications…such as automotive engines, commercial equipment or industrial machinery. Rather than being “good enough” for a certain application, they’re designed to give you peak power, performance and fuel economy.

Synthetic lubricants are chemically engineered from pure chemicals rather than refined from crude oil.  Synthetics are built from base stocks that contain no sulfur, nitrogen or other elements that invite the formation of sludge.  Synthetic lubricants can be used in higher temperatures than refined lubricants without breaking down.  Because they resist breakdown, they can be used longer than refined lubricants.

They’re Uniform

The base stocks from which synthetic lubricants are made feature uniform and smooth molecular structures, which ensures low friction as lubricant layers
slide across one another. Reduced friction increases energy through-put for greater fuel efficiency and power…and reduces heat and wear for longer equipment life.

Molecular uniformity also helps synthetics resist thinning in heat and thickening in cold.  This helps them protect your engine better than refined oils over a system’s operating temperature range and helps ensure secure sealing.

Many different kinds of base stocks may be used to create synthetic lubricants, allowing a synthetic to be designed for virtually any application. Some base stocks
are ideal for use in extremely cold environments, others are perfect for use in extreme heat. Some are extremely safe in applications in which refined lubricants pose a fire or explosion hazard. Refined oils simply do not offer the design flexibility synthetics offer.

So Which Synthetic is BEST?

Let’s see what makes for the “BEST Synthetic” Oil.  How do you compare them?

A quality synthetic oil should:

  • Minimize engine wear, especially in severe conditions
  • Combat acids and contaminants over extended drain intervals
  • Resist engine deposits and sludge, keeping the engine clean and efficient
  • Resist thickening
  • Perform well under extreme temperatures
  • Maintain fluidity in extremely LOW temperatures, producing less drag on moving parts

Check out these comparison tests!

Below are five tests that we can use to compare synthetic performance.

Brands Tested - Which Synthetic is Best?

Test #1 – Total Base Number.

As shown, the “Total Base Number” compares how well the oils combat acids and contaminants over extended periods (drain intervals).  In this test, the higher TBN performs best.

Total Base Number - Synthetics Compared

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test #2 – Four Ball Wear

Compares the amount of engine wear allowed by each oil.  With less engine wear, your equipment lasts longer and requires less maintenance.  In this test, AMSOIL and Valvoline SynPower both did a great job of minimizing engine wear.  Four-Ball Wear Test

Test #3  – NOACK Volatility.

Compares how much the oil’s performance is affected over time and extreme conditions.

NOACK Volatility Test

Test #4 – Thin Film Oxygen Uptake Test

The best synthetic oils should resist oxidation and resist engine deposits and sludge.  Over time, the oil should maintain its consistency and not thicken.

Thin Film Oxygen Uptake Test

Test #5 – Pour Point.

Even when it’s really cold, your oil should stay fluid so that your engine can easily start and run.  Cold starts can be a killer for your engine!  The best synthetic should stay fluid…and not thicken…even in extreme cold.

Pour Point Test

AMSOIL’s performance in these tests stands out…but it’s no surprise to us.

We used AMSOIL for a full two years before realizing we could sell this stuff to our friends…and that’s how we built a successful business that’s lasted over 35 years!

AMSOIL’s Designed For Quality

Every oil is designed for a different audience.  Since AMSOIL hit the market in 1974, it’s been designed for exceptional performance and quality.  Total coincidence, the price isn’t bad!  In fact, you can spend LESS than you’re already sending off to Big Oil…and make a big step UP for your equipment.

High-Temperature Protection and Performance

AMSOIL synthetic lubricants are more stable in high temperatures than refined oils and other synthetics. This stability means less oil consumption, breakdown and oxidation…and that means your engine stays cleaner.

Cold-Temperature Protection and Performance

AMSOIL synthetic lubricants remain fluid in temperatures far below zero, allowing easier engine starts, fast lubrication and protection…and maximum fuel economy even in severe cold.

Increased Efficiency

AMSOIL synthetic lubricants allow less friction, so your system can use fuel for work rather than overcoming drag. This also keeps exhaust emissions lower!

Longer Engine and Equipment Life

AMSOIL synthetic lubricants are stable in extreme heat and minimize engine wear, which increases the overall lifetime of your equipment.

Extended Lubricant Drain Intervals

AMSOIL synthetic lubricants offer up to eight times the service life offered by refined lubricants, and sometimes even more. The long life of AMSOIL synthetic lubricants reduces costs, downtime, waste and environmental damage.

Product Lines

AMSOIL manufactures synthetic lubricants, advanced filtration systems, fuel additives and coolant for virtually every commercial, industrial and automotive application.

Quality Control

AMSOIL synthetic lubricants are manufactured from top-quality synthetic base stocks and performance additives according to a stringent quality control protocol in computer-controlled AMSOIL manufacturing facilities. AMSOIL synthetic lubricants may be counted on to deliver the same top-quality performance and protection every time they are used, no matter where in the world they are purchased.

Would you like to try AMSOIL at Dealer Cost?  We’ve been helping people like you switch to synthetics since 1976!  Sign-up below or call us at 917-745-7423.

 

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