What are Synthetic Oils?
Your engine is a complex machine with hundreds of moving parts that operate under a wide range of temperatures and stressors. The oil you select needs to be equally capable of coping with these operating conditions to protect your engine against wear, corrosion, and the build up of dirt and deposits.
Lubricants heavily influence: Performance, Fuel consumption, Emissions
Lubricants are responsible for: Wear protection, Engine cleanliness, Long engine life
A synthetic lubricant contains more highly refined base oils than those used in conventional mineral oils, offering you superior protection and performance. Synthetic engine oils provide a variety of benefits that keep your engine running at optimal performance for years.
To understand synthetic engine oils, let’s look at the origins of engine oils.
There are two basic types of lubricants available:
1. Conventional mineral oils are the traditional types.
2. Synthetic lubricants which are growing in popularity.
Why would I upgrade to a synthetic motor oil?
In an engine, oil serves multiple purposes. It greatly reduces friction between moving parts, and therefore reduces wear and tear. Oil moves heat from very warm parts to cooler areas in the engine, and stops corrosion, which occurs when metal parts are exposed to oxygen. Oil also cleans dirty engine parts, thanks to added detergents that keep the engine clean and prevent oil sludge.
Many new cars are now requiring synthetic oil or are capable of using synthetic oil. But why is that?
We all know that changing your vehicle’s oil on a routine basis is a requirement for proper engine care. Conventional oils used in Toyotas are mineral-based products refined from crude oil taken from the ground. The term “synthetic”, however, does not imply that the oil is somehow created from man-made ingredients. Synthetic oil is, actually, made from natural ingredients using a special chemical process. As a result, the molecular chains in synthetic oil are more universal and similar in size and other properties. The main idea with using synthetic oil for Toyota’s is that both the owner and vehicle benefit from its use, which is why synthetic oil has been making their way in Toyota engines.
What are the benefits of Synthetic Oil?
1. Less Frequent Oil Changes –Future Petroleum recommends that Synthetic Oil be changed every 10,000 miles/12 months instead of Conventional Oil changes at 5,000 miles/6 months.
2. Lower Service Costs -Less frequent oil changes equals less money out of your pocket. PLUS it is believed that synthetic oil helps keep your engine running better for longer. This can mean fewer repair bills! Synthetic oil has molecules that are equal size. More uniform oil molecules equals better lubrication, and that equals better engine performance.
3. Synthetic Oil stays slippery at colder temperatures than Regular Oil -Therefore less likely to cause engine problems when started in cold climates.
4. Keeps your engine cleaner -Because a synthetic oil is chemically produced, there are no contaminants in the oil. By contrast, conventional oils contain small amounts of sulfur, wax, and asphalt materials that can promote deterioration and sludge buildup.