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11/26/2015
Motor oil lubricates your engine for two functions- to reduce friction between engine parts and to protect metal parts from rust and corrosion. When deciding what to put in your car, you can choose between synthetic and conventional oils. This article will explain the difference.

History of Synthetic Oil

Scientists first developed synthetic oils in the 1930s searching for an alternative to pulling crude from the ground. The product of their research resulted in oil that was more efficient, lasted longer, and protected better than conventional oil. Its initial use was exclusively for aircraft purposes until a pilot named Al Amatuzio decided that everyone deserved the benefits of synthetic oil. In 1972, after years of research, he introduced the first synthetic oil for automobiles through his company, AMSOIL. Call your local AMSOIL Dealer in MontgomeryvilleSynthetic Oil Direct, at 215-834-8720 to find out more.

Properties of Synthetic Oil

What Al saw in aviation was that synthetic oil protected better, lasted longer, and was more efficient than conventional oil. Rather than pulling petroleum from the ground and refining it, Al designed a synthetic lubricant in the lab. The product had molecules that were free of crude, more uniform, smaller, and lighter than natural petroleum. Synthetic oil required less energy to lubricate, improving engine performance. It did not break down in extreme conditions, and could last as long as 25,000 miles without replacement.

Natural vs Man-Made

Usually, natural products are better, but when it comes to petroleum, that is clearly not the case. Drilling and refining crude oil are very taxing on the natural environment, but synthetic oil is made in laboratories.

Benefits of Synthetic Oil

Burns Cleaner

Even after the refining process, conventional oils still contain contaminants that can corrode your engine and reduce performance. Because they are made in a lab, synthetic oils do not contain these impurities, lasting longer and lubricating better.

More Efficient

Man-made oil molecules are more uniform, lighter, and smaller than those found in natural petroleum. As a result, synthetic oil requires less energy to circulate, improving your engine's performance.

Built Tougher

Synthetic oil was first used exclusively for planes because it is more heat resistant. As time went on, experience showed that synthetic oil is also more resistant to the cold. Whether you are pushing your engine to the max with heavy hauls and long trips, or driving in climates of extreme heat or cold, synthetic oil will continue to protect your engine after conventional oil breaks down.

Fewer Oil Changes

Synthetic oils have built-in additives that last longer than conventional oil. When your additives run out, you need to change your oil. With conventional oil, you can go 3,000-5,000 miles before an oil change. Synthetic oil can last as long as 25,000 miles in the right conditions. Less disposed oil is better for the environment, your schedule, and your pocketbook.

Maintain Viscosity

Since synthetic oil is more resistant to heat and pressure than natural petroleum, less of it gets burned in harsh conditions. When oil burns, it escapes through your tailpipe and into the air. By maintaining its viscosity, synthetic oil reduces emissions.

No More Drills, No More Spills

Synthetic oil gets produced in a lab, so requires no more offshore oil drills, no more fracking, no more pipelines, and no more oil spills. Producing synthetic oil is much better for the environment than the processes for drilling, refining, and transporting petroleum.

No More Crude

Contaminants found in natural petroleum not only corrode your engine, but also burn out your exhaust pipe. Synthetic oil is crude free, using less energy to lubricate and protect your engine. The energy savings means improved performance at the cost of less fuel. Lower emissions and better mileage are clear environmental pluses.

No More Dumping

Maybe not no more dumping, but synthetic oil lasts five times as long as conventional oil, so five times fewer oil changes, five times less oil to dispose. Even small improvements have big impacts in this respect. Increasing your drain interval from 5,000 miles to 7,500 reduces your oil dumped by 33%.

Peace of Mind

Synthetic oil lasts longer and tougher than conventional oil. Being free from impurities, it takes longer to break down, going as long as 25,000 miles before needing an oil change. Synthetic oil also maintains viscosity in extreme weather and harsh conditions, where conventional oil will generally fail. You can always rest assured that your oil is working and will continue to protect better and improve performance.

For Synthetic Oil in Montgomeryville

When it comes to your car, using synthetic oil is the best decision you can make. Contact your local AMSOIL DealerSynthetic Oil Direct in Montgomeryville, at 215-834-8720 and we can get you the lubricants, filters, fluids, and additives you need. Shop for yourself at our online store.
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