Charles L. Peters Independent AMSOIL Dealer, Tempe, Arizona   765-618-6825  syntheticoilexpert@hotmail.com Dealer Number 1266645

AMSOIL® manufactures premium synthetic lubricants and filters for automotive, light and heavy duty truck, motorcycle, RV, off road, marine, personal watercraft, power sports and heavy equipment applications. Tested and proven over billions of miles of service, AMSOIL, INC. has been the leader in synthetic lubrication since 1972.

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AMSOIL Benefits

With AMSOIL, vehicles and equipment:

• last longer

• need fewer repairs

• perform better – more responsive, more power

• get better fuel economy (more miles to the gallon)

• emit cleaner exhaust ...

... and AMSOIL synthetic lubricants last longer than other lubricants do.

 AMSOIL Features

 Feature: Synthetic lubricants are pure, uniform and designable.

 Synthetic lubricant basestocks are:

 Pure – Because they are derived from pure chemicals, synthetic lubricants contain no contaminants or molecules that “don’t pull their own weight.”

Uniform – Because synthetics contain only smooth lubricating molecules, they slip easily across one another.  On the other hand, the potpourri of jagged, irregular and odd-shaped molecules of refined lubricants don’t slip quite so easily.  The ease with which lubricant molecules slip over one another affects the lube’s ability to reduce friction, which in turn, affects wear control, heat control and fuel efficiency.   Synthetics are superior.   Uniformity also helps synthetics resist thinning in heat and thickening in cold, which helps them protect better over a system’s operating temperature range and helps lubes provide better seals than conventional lubes do.

Designable – Synthetic lubricants may be made to fulfill virtually every lubricating need.  On the other hand, the applicability of conventional lubes is limited, due to their functional limitations in high temperatures, low temperatures and other demanding conditions.

 By controlling friction and heat more effectively, synthetics significantly reduce the incidence of component failure and significantly reduce the rate of component wear.

 Failure and wear may lead to shortened equipment life. They often require vehicles and equipment to need repair.  And when excessive wear occurs in an engine, increased exhaust emissions are almost always the outcome.

 Feature: Synthetic lubricants are pure.

Heat and oxidation are the main enemies of lubricant basestocks – especially of the contaminants in conventional basestocks.  Once heat or oxidation cause a lubricant to breakdown, the lubricant must be replaced or the equipment or vehicle may be damaged by a lack of lubrication or by chemical attack.  The excellent resistance of synthetic lubricants to thermal and oxidative breakdown allows them to be safely used for much longer drain intervals than conventional lubricants.  In fact, AMSOIL synthetic motor oils may be used for 25,000 miles or one year under normal service conditions.

 THERMAL AND OXIDATIVE STABILITY

Some of the chemicals in conventional lubricants break down at temperatures within the normal operating range of many vehicle and equipment components. Some are prone to break down in these relatively mild temperatures if oxygen is present, which it almost invariably is in vehicles and equipment. These thermally and oxidatively unstable contaminants do not help the lubrication process in any way.  They are present in conventional oils simply because removing them is impossible or too expensive.  When conventional oil contaminants break down, they coat components with varnish, deposits and sludge and leave the lubricant thick, hard to pump and with very poor heat transfer ability.  Because synthetic lubricants do not contain contaminants, they are much more resistant to thermal and oxidative breakdown.  That means they can be used in higher temperatures than conventional oils can without breaking down and they are impervious to breakdown at normal operating temperatures.  With synthetics, components stay varnish-free, deposit-free and sludge-free.  And, because thermally and oxidatively stable lubricants retain their fluidity, pumpability and original heat transfer abilities, they protect and lubricate better, longer. 

COLD TEMPERATURE FLUIDITY

You’re familiar with paraffin. It hardens at room temperature. Conventional lubricants often contain paraffins which cause the lubricants to thicken in cold temperatures as the paraffin gels.  However, a lubricant must flow readily throughout the system it protects or the system goes unprotected, and cold-thickened lubricants lose their ability to flow readily, or sometimes even to flow at all. In fact, at startup, conventional oils may leave working parts unprotected for as long as five minutes – plenty of time for significant wear to occur.  Synthetic lubricants do not contain paraffins or other waxes that thicken dramatically in cold temperatures.  Synthetic lubricants flow readily in extremely cold temperatures, much colder than those at which conventional oils flow, which provides rapid post-startup lubrication and protection, keeping startup wear in check.  The superior cold temperature fluidity of synthetic lubricants also helps engines start more dependably in cold temperatures than they do with conventional oils.  Cold thickened conventional oils sometimes hinder the rotation of the crankshaft so much, it cannot rotate fast enough to start the engine.

The “goal” of the engine and drivetrain is the maximum transfer of the energy released from fuel combustion to the wheels to move the vehicle.  The engine and drivetrain accomplish their goal mechanically.  Each mechanical component has moving parts that require lubrication for friction, heat and wear control. Ironically, while parts move with significantly reduced friction when a lubricant separates them than when one doesn’t, the lubricant itself contributes some friction to the system, due to the way its molecules slip over one another. 

Feature: Synthetic lubricant molecules are uniform.

Because their uniform and smooth molecular structure allows AMSOIL synthetic lubricants to operate with less friction than conventional lubricants do, they control heat better than conventional lubricants.  By keeping heat lower, the lubricant is stressed less, which helps it last longer.  And because oxidation and heat are directly related – more heat leads to more oxidation – the lubricant is less stressed by oxidation, too, which also helps it last. 

HEAT CONTROL

Lubricated components are designed to operate in a range of temperatures which are considered optimal.  However, demands for more power, faster operation and more load carrying capacity often push actual operating temperatures above the optimal range. High temperature operation is often a cause of component failure and even more often a significant cause of component wear.  Because uniformly smooth synthetic lubricant molecules slip easily over one another, they are superior friction reducers to conventional lubricants. (Technically, because they slip more easily over one another, synthetics are said to have a lower “coefficient of friction” than conventional lubricants.) The less friction in a system, the less heat in it, too.  Friction and heat are two major contributors to component failure and wear. By controlling friction and heat more effectively, synthetics significantly reduce the incidence of component failure and significantly reduce the rate of component wear.  In addition, uniformly sized synthetic lubricant molecules make them better heat transfer agents than conventional lubricant molecules.  Some petroleum lubricant molecules are large and heavy.  Others are small and light.  As oil flows in a lubricated system, the small, light molecules tend to flow in the center of the oil stream while the large, heavy ones get stuck on the metal surfaces where they create a barrier against the movement of heat from the component and into the oil stream. In effect, the large, heavy molecules work like a blanket around hot components.  If those large, heavy molecules are chemically unstable, they may also breakdown and form deposits on component surfaces, making the blanketing effect even more pronounced.  Since synthetic lubricants have no large heavy molecules, they don’t blanket hot components.  Instead, every molecule is equally likely to touch the hot component surface and take some of its heat into the oil stream which carries the heat away.  Also, since synthetics tend to be chemically stable, they are not prone to form deposits.

 VISCOSITY INDEX

Lubricant viscosity plays an important role in component efficiency and life expectancy. (Viscosity is a measure of fluid flow.)  If a component is lubricated with a lubricant whose viscosity is too low, the component will not be protected adequately and will wear excessively. If the component is lubricated with a lubricant whose viscosity is too high, the component will expend excess energy doing its job, which reduces efficiency and may affect the life of other components, such as motors. “Viscosity index” is a number assigned to lubricants to describe how much their viscosity changes with temperature changes.  The higher the viscosity index, the less the lubricant’s viscosity changes.  High viscosity index lubricants protect better and provide for greater efficiency than low viscosity index lubricants do because the high viscosity index fluids are more apt to retain the correct viscosity for the job, neither thickening as much in cold nor thinning as much in heat.  Synthetic lubricants have higher viscosity indexes than conventional lubricants, due, in part, to the uniformity of synthetic lubricant molecules.  Large, heavy lubricant molecules tend to increase lubricant viscosity more in cold temperatures than smaller, lighter lubricant molecules do.  Conventional lubricants, which contain some relatively large, heavy molecules, tend to thicken in cold temperatures more than synthetic lubricants, with their uniformly sized molecules, do.  Since temperature affects the viscosity of conventional lubricants more than it does the viscosity of synthetic lubricants, conventional lubricants have a lower viscosity index than synthetics do.

 FRICTION CONTROL

Uniform, smooth synthetic lubricant molecules slip across one another easily. That minimizes friction, which in turn, improves power and fuel economy because more of the energy released from fuel combustion reaches the wheels and moves the vehicle.  The vehicle accelerates more quickly and powerfully because more of the fuel goes to moving the vehicle rather than to overcoming friction.  The vehicle also works more efficiently, getting better fuel economy (more miles to the gallon) for the same reason – more of the fuel goes to moving the vehicle than to overcoming friction.

 LOW VOLATILITY

The small, light molecules in conventional lubricants “boil off” at relatively low temperatures: just as you put less energy into throwing a light ball into the air than you do a heavy one, so light molecules require less energy, in the form of heat, to lift out of solution and into the air than heavier molecules do.  The tendency of a liquid to boil off is referred to as its “volatility.” Conventional lubricants are more volatile than synthetic oils are.  Volatility affects more than the rate of oil consumption.  Because the light molecules are lost through volatility, volatile oils tend to grow thick with use, which makes them hard to pump.  The harder the oil pump works, the more energy it consumes, which reduces fuel economy and the quicker the pump wears out.  Plus, parts require more energy to move through thicker oil than they do through thinner oil.  All the energy spent on pumping and moving through thick oil is energy lost to performance and fuel economy.  Synthetic lubricants lose very little to volatility, because their molecules are uniformly sized. None are smaller and lighter than others and therefore more susceptible to boiling off.  The low volatility of synthetic lubricants keeps performance and fuel economy at their peak.

Feature: Synthetic lubricants are designable.

 What benefits come from the feature of designability?

For industry, the feature of designability is often important.  In industrial applications, lubricants may be exposed to temperatures, loads and other stresses far beyond the capabilities of conventional products to endure.  The nearly infinite designability of synthetic lubricants makes synthetics the only products useful for such applications.

 Predictive maintenance is a growing practice in commercial and industrial applications.  Predictive maintenance practice calls for oil drain intervals based on used oil analysis.  As a result, commercial and industrial lubricant users of AMSOIL synthetic lubricants are finding their lubricant drain intervals may be substantially increased with no danger to their vehicles and equipment.  The practice of extending drain intervals saves them money on used oil disposal costs and replacement oil costs, and most importantly, it saves them downtime. “Downtime” to a motorist may mean inconvenience – a lost Saturday afternoon changing oil or having to take the bus while the car is being serviced.  The value of a Saturday afternoon or the convenience of having the car may be very high.

 Feature: AMSOIL synthetic lubricants contain high quality additives.  Just as quality differences exist between lubricant basestocks, quality differences also exist between lubricant additives.  For example, low quality viscosity modifiers are often damaged by the shearing forces in the engine.  Once damaged, they no longer work to increase the lubricant’s viscosity in high temperatures, leaving lubricated components open to wear and damage during high temperature operations.  The quality of lubricant additives is directly related to their cost. Lubricants made to be sold at a low price contain low cost additives, and, of course, a low cost conventional basestock.  Lubricants formulated for performance contain additives proven to perform, despite their usually higher cost.  Over time, the performance formulated lubricant proves to be the more cost effective choice, due to the superior lubricant and protection it provides.  Vehicles and equipment last longer and perform better with performance-formulated lubricants.  Additive quality also affects lubricant life.  For example, some alkalinity additives last much longer than others do.  In diesel engines, the lubricant must be replaced when the alkalinity additives are used up or the engine is subject to corrosion which may cause failure or significantly accelerated wear.  It doesn’t pay to pair long-life additives with short-lived conventional basestocks.  It does pay, however, to pair long-life additives with long-life synthetic basestocks.  Here, too, quality pays – in reduced oil drains, reduced used oil disposal costs and reduced downtime.  In fact, every benefit attributed to AMSOIL synthetic lubricants comes not only from the lubricants’ synthetic basestocks, but also from their top-quality additives.

 Is there more to a lubricant than its basestock?

Lubricants contain basestocks and additives, with the basestock comprising the greatest volume of the finished lubricant.  Additives either enhance basestock properties or add properties to the finished lubricant that the basestocks don’t have.  Very broadly, each additive performs one or more of the following functions:

• Protect metal surfaces

• Extend the range of lubricant applicability

• Extend lubricant life

    The largest market for lubricant additives is in the transportation field, including

    additives for lubricants used in engines and drive trains.

 

Surface protective additives:

• Antiwear agents inhibit wear

• Rust and corrosion inhibitors inhibit rust and corrosion

• Detergents keep surfaces free of deposits

• Alkalinity additives neutralize acids

• Dispersants keep insoluble materials dispersed in the lubricant to inhibit wear

• Friction modifiers reduce friction

Lubricant applicability extending additives

• Viscosity modifiers reduce the rate of viscosity change with changes in temperature

• Seal swell agents help form and maintain tight seals

Lubricant life enhancing additives

• Antifoam agents inhibit lubricant foaming

• Antioxidants inhibit lubricant oxidation

 The excellent resistance of synthetic lubricants to thermal and oxidative breakdown allow them to be safely used for much longer drain intervals than conventional lubricants.

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