Volvo Oil Change – 7 Reasons Why Synthetic Motor Oil is Good for Your Volvo
The leading synthetic oil in the market, AMSOIL was first developed by Lieutenant Colonel Albert J. Amatuzio, the President and CEO of AMSOIL INC.
As a jet fighter squadron commander, Lieutenant Colonel Albert J. Amatuzio had the opportunity to witness synthetic lubricants in action.
In Feb. 1994, Al Amatuzio was officially recognized for his outstanding developments by Lubricants World Magazine and was inducted into The Lubricants World Hall of Fame for his pioneering effort in introducing synthetic motor oil in automobile engines.
The key advantage of snythetic oil is it’s superior performance characteristics under duress.
In order to reduce friction and wear on engine components, synthetic oil has to function dependably at severely hot and cold temperature extremes and has the to withstand rigorous and lengthy engine operation without chemical breakdown.
Trucking Companies who log millions of miles on their Diesel engines trust synthetic oil to do the job.
For example, Diesel oil and filtration products are designed to deliver 1,000,000 miles for overland trucks before a complete engine overhaul.
For vehicles, pure synthetics have been known to give car engines a life span of between 300,000 to 400,00miles.
Seven major benefits of synthetic oils over conventional oils are:
- Extended engine life. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil has superior heat and oxidation resistance, controls sludge and extends engine life. Synthetic oil helps engines stay clean.
- Synthetics maximize fuel economy, reduce oil consumption and emissions. AMSOIL has been proven to improve gas mileage. Conventional oil gets thicker and heavier with time due to vaporization. This affects the engine by making it do more work. Thus, contributing to poor circulation, reduced fuel economy and increased oil consumption, wear and emission.
- Improves cold start up. The most wear on your car engine occurs on cold cranking early in the morning when it’s cold outside. The reason being that most of the oil is in the oil pan (sump) at the base of the engine. On cranking the oil is pumped up into the engine. Conventional oils are very thick or highly viscous at cold temperatures as opposed to synthetic oils which have low viscosity at cold tempertures. Synthetics also have a very low pour point, which means that synthetic oils flow freely until they get down to -58 degrees Fahrenheit. Thus, the engine is able to circulate synthetic oil easily on a cold day, cutting down on wear and tear.
- Controls acid formation. Conventional oils contain contaminants such as sulfur. This is due to city driving (short trips of less than 10 miles and stop and go traffic patterns), which prevents the engine from operating at optimum operating temperatures. This means that complete combustion does not take place, and trace amounts of water that are present in the oil are not burned up. The trace amount of water present mixes up with sulfur to form sulfuric acid which corrodes the engine. Synthetic oil does not react with combustion by products and hence does not form into acids.
- Protects against wear. The Four-Ball wear test for evaluating the protection provided by engine oil, has proven than AMSOIL has better anti-wear performance than it’s competitors. Synthetic oil not only extends engine life, but reduces major wear and tear on engine components.
- Promotes engine cleanliness. Synthetic oil reduces engine deposits and as a result increase the engines efficiency. Conventional oil contains gunk (tars and waxes) that falls out of solution and builds up in the engine and reduces engine performance. Synthetics have excellent solvent properties which dissolve residues and combustion by products like carbon.
- Saves money. AMSOIL synthetic oil extends drainage intervals to 25,000 miles while competing conventional oils must be changed every 3000 miles. The argument here is that expensive synthetics save you money because you change your oil less often. However, if your car is still under warranty, and factory scheduled maintenance or under a lease, then synthetic oil is a waste of money in my opnion. Therefore, synthetic oil is only beneficial to high mileage drivers such as Salespeople or Realtors.
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