Over the years I’ve heard and received many questions about synthetic oil vs. regular oil, such as:
- What is the difference between synthetic and regular oil?
- Does it work better in some cars than others?
- Why does it cost more?
- Can I go longer before changing the oil?
- Will extended drains void manufacturer warranties?
- Does it make my engine last longer?
Each of these carry with them multiple paths to a proper answer, so grab a cup and relax as we climb under the hood, so to speak, of basic lubrication fundamentals. Your comments or questions are always welcome.
Synthetic vs. regular oil, the difference:
Conventional motor oil (lubricants) originate from crude oil that is pumped from within the ground resulting in a mixture of molecules that form chains and rings in varying shapes and sizes. Longer chains result in high viscosity (thick) fluids that flow very slow like asphalt. Whereas shorter chains produce lower viscous fluids that flow easier such as motor oil and fuels. The basics of acquiring various fluids from crude oil begins with fractional distillation in which the fractions at the top have lower boiling points than those at the bottom. The heavier bottom fractions are then cracked or Hydro-cracked into more useful products.[one_half]A barrel of crude oil – 42 gallons – after the refining process nets something like 15 gallons of gasoline, 9 gal. of fuel oil, 10 gal. of jet fuel (Kerosene) and 4 gal of other “heavy” products such as lubricants, grease, asphalt / bitumene and plastics and 4 gallons of lighter condensates/naphtha.The 4 gallons of “heavy” products net around 2.5 quarts of virgin motor oil. Therefore, a Ford, Chevy or dodge diesel truck owner using conventional motor oil requires 5.6 barrels of crude oil to change their oil ONE time.[/one_half] [one_half_last]
[/one_half_last] So how do we ever expect to become non-dependant on foreign oil sources while continuing to follow this insane path? Well the truth is even the best synthetics oils and fluids, like Amsoil still require petroleum hydrocarbon base stock to produce synthetic oil. The difference being those base stocks are then infused with Non-Conventional fluids to create vast quantities of superior performing motor oil and lubricants. Amsoil remains superior in performance due to additive selection properties.
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