Synthetic Oil Basics
Technically, Synthetic Oil originates as traditional mineral based motor
What separates the two is the level of advanced engineering, refinement and
criteria that goes into this modern engine lubricant.
In short, there is no other routine maintenance contributor that can
provide better protection, performance and longevity than today's Synthetic
Extreme Weather Protection:
Under early morning sub-zero winter starts or summertime high temperature
stop-and-go traffic, Synthetic Oils are engineered to deliver vital engine
protection and reliable performance year-round.
Cold Weather Pour Test:
In this laboratory test, a Synthetic-Oil and a Synthetic-Mineral-Blend have
been frozen overnight at minus 40 below.
This pour test illustrates conclusively the cold-start readiness of
Even after six minutes, the blended oil can't keep up.
And, those white globs you see are wax - a standard component of
conventional mineral-based motor oil.
Clearly, Synthetic oil is the best way to ensure that your vital engine
components are adequately lubricated during cold cranking.
New & Old
With very few exceptions, Synthetic Oil is a wise choice for all new and
Modern engine components are built to higher tolerances and levels of
precision and the superior lubricating properties of Synthetic Oil deliver
the finest day-to-day protection against wear.
Older-engines, performance-engines and power-plants-under-heavy-load can
all benefit from the advanced lubrication and low-abrasion attributes of
In all situations, engine seals and gaskets are protected and remain
pliable and effective.
All major auto manufacturers support and specify the use of API certified
lubricants and Synthetic Motor Oil meets and even exceeds all standards and
The advanced additives developed for Synthetic Oil help contribute to
cleaner and more efficient operation during the entire span of the
recommended oil change interval.
Factory Warranties remain intact, un-compromised and supported.
In any case, the best warranty is the one you never have to use and proper
routine maintenance is an effective way to achieve that long-term goal.
Always check your manual and adhere to the manufacturer's recommended
Today's Synthetic Motor Oil is fully compatible with traditional mineral
This means that you can safely upgrade to synthetic oil... or in a pinch,
switch back or partially top-up with conventional mineral oil.
When you factor-in a decrease in engine wear and fuel consumption,
upgrading to Synthetic Oil can add up to long term savings and better
performance throughout the life of your vehicle.
Ultimately, the goal is for fewer repairs, so that you and your car can
spend more of your valuable time on the road and not in the shop.
Since they were first commercially introduced in the mid seventies,
Synthetic Motor Oils have constantly evolved to serve the needs of motorist
and the cars they drive.
Today, there is no better choice than Synthetic Motor Oils for maintaining
engine reliability, performance and protection.
Canadian Tire has the selection, service and know-how to help you with all
your engine lubricant and maintenance needs.
Mercedes Million Kilometer Test
Mobil 1 put 1 million kilometers on a Mercedes-Benz engine then broke it
down to see how the fully synthetic motor oil did in leaving minimal
deposits and minimal wear on the engine, demonstrating how Mobil 1 will
allow an engine to operate in like new conditions through an extended test
engine oil viscosity test
Click here for the ratings before it was over turned.
Motor oil viscosity test cold and hot
Viscosity test 1 Liter (1.06 quart) motor oil 5w-40 tested at +1 C and +80
Oil tested: Statoil Lazerway Euro 4 edition friction fighter C 5w-40 with
approvals by VW 505.00/505.01/502.00 MB 229.31, BMW LL-04 and ACEA
C3/A3/B3/B4, API SL/CF
I have heard professionals explain the SAE oil viscosity scales in several
different ways; mostly wrong in just about every aspect. Here's a favorite.
The expert compares the two grade ratings on; say a 10-30 multi-grade oil
and states that the 10 is thinner than the 30. That is incorrect.
Multi-grade oil is measured differently on the first index versus the
second. The first is measured on a.o. "pumpability" at subzero
temperatures; specifically a 10W is measured at -25 degrees Celsius and
subsequently assigned its index number. The second rating is measured at
100 degrees C and is an expression of how thick the oil remains at that
higher engine operating temperature. The 10 is therefore not thinner than
the 30 but rather a guarantee that the oil is sufficiently free flowing at
-25 degrees Celsius, so at to provide ample lubrication of the engine. The
30 is an orange and the 10 is an apple...
I've also heard "experts" state that modern multi-grade oils "gets thicker
with the rising heat" and hence, the oil gets to be 30 in viscosity when it
hits the operating temperature. Now we have total confusion. Due to thermal
viscosity breakdown, any oil will be thinner at 100 degrees Celsius than at
-25 degrees Celsius. It is correct that there are additives added to
mineral oils to prevent the paraffin from solidifying at lower temperatures
and furthermore, there are polymers added that thicken as the temperature
rises. However, the oil is nevertheless thicker at cold temperatures than
it is at high temperatures. The 30 index just indicates that it remains
sufficiently thick for most normal passenger car engine applications while
running within normal operating temperature ranges. To clear this up, I
made the little video with a high grade modern motor oil which shows
conclusively that a 5w-40 isn't "5" when it's cold and then "40", or
thicker when it's hot.
Poured through 14 cm long funnel with opening diameter of 6 cm and end tube
diameter of 8 mm.
Ambient temperature +1 C (+34 F); oil approx. the same at initial test
Tested cold 5 times. It took from 1 min 38 secs to 1 min 49 secs. Variation
stemmed from pouring down the sides and letting it almost drain before
refilling; which was slow, to pouring constantly and aiming for the small
hole in the funnel which caused the funnel to empty much faster.
Oil subsequently heated to a temperature of +80 C (+176 F) resembling
engine operation temperatures.
Tested hot just 2 times as it was immediately evident the oil was much
thinner. Regardless of pouring method, the funnel drained in just 19 to 21
Conclusion. Oil does not get thicker when it gets hot (but you already knew
that). The polymers that expand with heat does make the oil thicker than it
would otherwise be but it is still a lot thinner than when cold.
Can your lube do this???
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The Motor Oil Guide
With all of the options out there, choosing the perfect motor oil can be a
This video can help you choose the perfect motor oil!
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Engine Oil Dyno Shootout on EVO
THE FIRST INDEPENDENT SYNTHETIC ENGINE OIL TEST EVER FILMED. •Mobil 1
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performance engine oil wins during this Mitsubishi EVO Dyno run at V&E Rigoli, one of
Sydney's leading tuning and performance enhancing workshops.