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You may have heard of synthetic oil or seen ads for it on TV, but not many people really understand what it is. Here is everything you need to know about synthetic oil. Motor oil serves two purposes- to lubricate your engine to run more efficiently and to protect your engine from abrasion. Synthetic oil outperforms conventional oil on both fronts, and it is better for the environment.

History of Synthetic Oil: AMSOIL

Scientists began fabricating synthetic oils way back in the nineteenth century, but it was not until the 1930s that true breakthroughs were made. The strain on resources caused by World War II forced both sides to start looking earnestly for alternative options. Initially, aircraft purposes was the only use for synthetic oil, and it was in this capacity that a jet fighter squadron commander came across it in the 1960s. Al Amatuzio realized that synthetic oil lasted longer, protected better, and held up under harsher conditions than conventional oils. Aircraft needed the extra protection of synthetic oil, but Al thought its benefits could translate to the automotive market as well. In 1972, after years of research, he released a synthetic oil for cars under the brand name of AMSOIL. As the First in Synthetics, AMSOIL remains to this day the best-known name in synthetic oil. Nowadays, of course, AMSOIL does not just make synthetic oil, but offers a wide range of products to meet your automotive maintenance needs including filters, fluids, and additives. Call Stokes Abode, your local AMSOIL Dealer in Olympia, WA, at (253) 381-1550 for more information.  

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.

Customizable Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil is customizable, meaning we can add properties to it that you will not find in natural crude. We can design synthetic oils with built-in additives that help keep your engine clean and maintain viscosity longer. All of this can be done in a laboratory, whereas we are largely stuck with what nature gave us with crude oil with all of its limitations.

Benefits of Synthetic Oil in Olympia, WA


Synthetic Oil Maintains Viscosity

When your engine heats up, conventional oil can break down. Not synthetic oil. It is more resistant to temperature changes, whether due to extremely hot or cold weather, or to heavy hauls and long trips. Synthetic oil keeps protecting your engine.

Built Tough

Synthetic oil molecules also last longer, even for as long as 25,000 miles under the right circumstances. Since it lasts longer, you do not need to change your oil as often. Synthetic oil is also more resistant to extreme heat and cold, keeping your engine lubricated despite weather or harsh working conditions.

Extended Drain Intervals

Extended drain intervals is industry jargon for "less oil changes". You do not need to change your synthetic oil every 3,000 or 5,000 miles, as you do with conventional oil. Synthetic oil can keep you on the road for as long as 25,000 miles. That means more time to spend with your family, more money in your pocket, and less oil to dispose.

Additives in Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oils contain additives for almost any purpose - alkaline additives to neutralize acid build-up in diesel engines, engine cleaning additives, additives that prolong viscosity endurance - you name it, there is a synthetic oil with the additive. Look for the Total Base Number (TBN) for the total amount of additive in your motor oil. The higher the number, the more additives your oil has, and the longer it will last.

A Greener Product

Synthetic oil is cleaner for the environment in many ways. First, it avoids all the hazards of oil drilling, refining, and transporting because it can be made in a laboratory. Second, less dirty oil is deposited into the environment since you do not need to replace it as often. And finally, it burns more efficiently, reducing emissions.

For Synthetic Oil in Lacey

There are many other benefits to synthetic oil, and you can find out all about them from your local AMSOIL Dealer in LaceyStokes Abode. Call us at (253) 381-1550 with any questions you have. Visit our online store to shop our full range of products.
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