Written by Josh Jimenez
Your motor oil is one of the most important fluids in your car. It is the lubricant that keeps the hundreds of parts in your engine running smoothly. The pressure to be aware of the differences of motor oils increases as the oil prices do. What then is the difference between mineral, semi, and fully synthetic oil?
We must first understand how engine or motor oil is created. Motor oil is derived from crude oil, the non-renewable fossil fuel that is harvested straight from underground. Once crude oil is harvested, it is processed to remove dirt and debris. The cleaned crude oil is then heated to extreme temperatures and is subjected to immense vacuum pressure until it is filtered to around 20% of the initial crude oil. Additives are then added to the remaining oil and these additives are what distinguish the different motor oil brands from each other.
What makes synthetic oil different from mineral oil, then? Before additives are added to the heated and processed base oil, the base oil is further processed on the molecular level. The molecules of synthetic oils are processed to be more uniform with each other. Their main advantages are as follow:
Synthetic oils are usually priced twice as mineral oils, but semi-synthetic oils with that feature a mix of mineral and synthetic base oils are available. Semi-synthetic oils are priced closer to mineral oils while featuring many of the performance boosting and engine cleaning characteristics of synthetic oils.
Synthetic oils keep your engine healthier than mineral oils and also grant you with less fuel consumption. All in all, synthetic oils are well worth the investment you put in them. Mineral oils will do, though, if you’re on a budget.
This is a friendly reminder from your Acom family to make the right investments for your car and to always keep the future in mind. God bless you!
“Car Engine Oil and How It’s Made.” NAPA Know How Blog, 16 Oct. 2017, knowhow.napaonline.com/car-engine-oil-made/.
“The Main Differences between Synthetic and Conventional Engine Oils.” Finol, 8 Nov. 2017, www.finol.ie/news/synthetic-vs-mineral-engine-oils.
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