Synthetic vs. Conventional
Differences begin at the molecular level
Although you might know that synthetic oils outperform conventional oils, you might not understand why.
Synthetics don’t contain the impurities and molecular irregularities inherent to conventional oils. Synthetics’ pure, uniform molecular structures impart properties that provide wear protection, extreme temperature performance and fuel efficiency conventional lubricants just can’t touch – all of which helps you save money with vehicles that run better and last longer.
3 TIERS OF PREMIUM PERFORMANCE
- Outstanding wear protection
- Maximum cleanliness
- Exceptional extreme-temperature protection
- Boosted cleaning power
- Protects against wear
- Outperforms conventional motor oil
- Protection to cover longer oil life monitor drain intervals
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How long have AMSOIL lubricants been on the market?
Can AMSOIL lubricants be safely mixed together?
Answer: Motor oil, whether synthetic or petroleum-based, consists of molecular chains of hydrogen and carbon atoms, referred to as hydrocarbons. Petroleum crude oil is a thick, highly flammable dark-brown or greenish liquid with high energy density. Many contaminating elements exist in this complex mixture of hydrocarbons, including sulfur, nitrogen, oxygen and metal components such as nickel or vanadium. Petroleum crude oil is the raw material used for a wide variety of petrochemicals, including solvents, fertilizers, plastics and lubricants.
The oil refining process separates the various types of molecules in the oil by weight, resulting in a concentrated batch suitable for manufacturing products such as gasoline, LPG, kerosene or lubricant base oils. The chemical composition of conventional motor oil can vary substantially depending on the raw crude oil refining process.
While petroleum base oils are refined, synthetic base oils are manufactured and can achieve a higher performance level. Synthetic oil is chemically engineered for a certain molecular composition with a tailored and uniform structure. Such fine-tuned control over the final molecular composition of synthetic oils is the key to their superior performance properties. Designing molecular structures in a planned and orderly fashion results in molecules, and end-products, that are far more stable than their refined petroleum counterparts.
Will synthetic motor oils cause engines to leak oil?
Can synthetic oil be used in new engines?
Why are AMSOIL synthetic motor oils capable of extended drain intervals?
Is there a recommended procedure for changing to AMSOIL synthetic motor oil?