Today’s automobiles have become more sophisticated, thus requiring the right flow of engine oil, and that would be synthetic oil; but which proves more useful to car owners, synthetic or semi-synthetic?
The True Cost of Synthetic and Semi-Synthetic
Many people automatically assume that semi-synthetic means half or 50% synthetic oil; this is not true. Semi-synthetic engine oil is basically mineral oil that contains a mere 10 to 20% of synthetic oil. Mineral oil also is rife with additives which helps the engine oil perform its functions. In fact, today’s modern oils contain 15 to 25% of additives. So, just because you add a small percentage of synthetic oil to mineral oil is the end result better for your engine? I don’t think so.
* Mineral oil is produced from the distillation of crude oil. The cost is very cheap and it is used on today’s vehicles, but their thermal performance, their property and their lubricating capabilities have become very low. Performance is increased only by adding several additives to the oil to create a mixture which makes the base semi-synthetic.
- Antifoaming agents prevent the formation of air bubbles in the oil
- Polymer agents are added to give the oil’s ability for multi-viscosity
* Synthetic oils are manufactured in a laboratory. They are very successful in many areas (manufacturing according to their properties), but they are relatively expensive to develop and more expensive for the consumer to purchase.
The offset is less oil changes are necessary which saves money
Superior lubrication provided by the synthetic oil reduces operating temperature and can avoid overheating
Undeniable Advantages of Synthetic Oil
The first advantage of synthetic oil is the range of operating temperatures. In general, mineral oil turns to solid from -22 ° F, while the synthetic is still flowing at -58 ° F. Incidentally, if a mineral oil becomes a solid at -22 ° F, it starts to thicken and freeze well before that. Synthetic oil is well suited since our winters are very cold, and this allows for almost instantaneous engine lubrication.
Superior lubrication reduces friction and wear parts. Synthetic oil maintains its fluidity at very low temperatures and rapid movement protects the engine quickly during cold starts: it is estimated that 80% of the engine wear occurs during start=up in the absence of oil on the surface of the parts.
Synthetic oil has a high capacity and oxidizes less detergent when it comes in contact with acids from the combustion, heat and contaminants. It is also more stable at high temperatures. In addition, high temperatures tend to bead the mineral oil on metal, while synthetic engine oil adheres to hot metal. Since synthetic oil adheres better to the metal, it provides longer protection for your engine.
Synthetic oils also perform better when it comes to filtering contaminants. Unfortunately, contaminants are by-products of the combustion process, which all engines produce. Synthetic oil attacks these contaminants and successfully filters them until your next oil change.
Why is Synthetic Engine Oil Superior
- Synthetic lubricants are designed to withstand the extreme conditions under which conventional oils fail to work
- Synthetic oils have a higher viscosity
- Synthetic oils surpass car manufacturer requirements
Synthetic engine oil is a pure product, free of impurities and corresponds perfectly to the desired viscosity. Chemically, it is much simpler than mineral oil. Mineral oil is not pure. Once this oil is obtained, it goes through several changes, and then additives help improve its intrinsic qualities.
Oil is the blood of your engine and when synthetic oil is used regularly you can ensure a longer life for your engine.