Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Facts for Racers: On Using Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil is a lubricant made of manufactured or modified products like chemically modified petroleum instead of crude oil. In almost all industries that involve transportation, there is widespread debate regarding the use of synthetic oil versus the conventional lubricants. Nevertheless, whether you’re using the lubricant for a racing ride or for an aircraft, many experts suggest that the real key is in how you actually use it.


The most basic term you should know about lubricating vehicles is viscosity, which stands for the oil’s thickness or semi-fluid state. Too much viscosity, and your car’s pipes may clog; too little and you run the risk of rod bearing failure. Make sure that the viscosity index of the oil you’re using is compatible with your engine’s

Oil Change

Sure, synthetic oil typically lasts a lot longer than the conventional variety, but unfortunately, many people take this to mean prolonging their oil even when it’s already clearly dirty. As a matter of fact, the filth and gunk that accumulate, thanks to your lubricant, just might hinder your engine’s longevity. It’s still important to have your oil changed whenever it gets dirty.

No Experimental Additives

Don’t rely on any shady ‘miracle formula’ that passes for oil additives unless you’re absolutely sure that they work. This is because base oil formulas and the additives in them are already set precisely to work efficiently together; adding an entirely new compound might, in fact, actually disrupt that efficiency.


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