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Synthetic Motor Oil Facts

Updated on July 15, 2010

Synthetic motor oil contains several artificial or synthesized chemical compounds and is able to replace some standard motor oils, available today. Synthetic motor oil is far more cost-effective in comparison to petroleum oils and contains the correct mechanical and chemical components that is always required towards a fine working vehicle and/or motor engine.

History

Synthetic motor oil reached the consumer market in 1972. Previously, synthetic motor oil was considered a specialist product and was only used by the military, mainly in aircraft. It was then realised that the general consumer would also benefit by using synthetic motor oil within their vehicles engine and the out lasting performance of the engines that is it used in succeeds others in comparison.

Price Comparison

The old saying, "You get what you pay for," certainly pertains to synthetic motor oils. Synthetic motor oils are more expensive than other types of motor oils. This is because more work is involved in the production of synthetic motor oil to create a more powerful motor oil. However, you don't have change synthetic motor oil as often as other competitive motor oils, and they can extend the lifespan of your engine.

Changing

To ensure your vehicle's engine has sufficient lubrication, less friction and overall efficiency, synthetic motor oil should be changed around thousand miles. Changing the motor oil in a vehicle is important if you wish to keep your vehicle's engine at it's best performance margin.

Lubricated

The lubrication stream of a motor engine can become contaminated and it can also lose it's lubrication qualities, when motor oil is not changed every few months. The impurities found within petroleum motor oils can help towards the shortening of the full life span of a motor engine, faster than if you were using synthetic motor oil.

Hot or Cold?

Designed originally for certain aircraft engines, synthetic oil has a higher heat resistance and life span compared to other traditional motor oil products. Although synthetic oil is known for its heat resistance, it also yields a greater performance with colder temperatures and does not burn out as fast as other motor oils.

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      Christopher Hyer 4 years ago from Midland, Texas

      One thousand miles?? Or am I missing something. I thought it lasted longer than that, Like 5,ooo miles. Thanks

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      Jeni Burdett 6 years ago from U.K.

      Dear Edroy Scholte,

      Are you seriously making comments about the way I have written by using the expression of "Huh"? Seriously, if you wish to teach, then please find those who wish to be taught by you, and stop wasting my time.

      With Kind Thanks

      Spirit Believer

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      Edroy Scholte 6 years ago

      I do not intend to be harsh, but this article is sloppy. To wit, under the History section you say: "...and the out lasting performance of the engines that is it used in succeeds others in comparison." Huh?

      ...everybody makes a mistake...but in the Price Comparison section we find grammar murder again committed: "...However, you don't have change synthetic motor oil as often as other competitive motor oils...To ensure your vehicle's engine has sufficient lubrication, less friction and overall efficiency, synthetic motor oil should be changed around thousand miles." Huh??

      And then there's this under the Changing section: "...Changing the motor oil in a vehicle is important if you wish to keep your vehicle's engine at it's best performance margin." Try to not use the word "vehicle" twice less than 10 words apart. How about car? The writing is redundant which means try to vary your noun usage. Good Luck, ELS

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      anonymous. 7 years ago

      this really helped me with my school work!...great site overall!

      thanks a lot:D

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      HealthFreak31 7 years ago

      im showing my dad this...nice