Learning About Transportation
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Hello, my name is Christine Baker. Welcome to my site about transportation. In my city, the streets and highways are always packed full of cars, day and night. The high traffic levels have pushed city developers to consider new ways to transport large amounts of people to and from the city center. The solution they found was to build a light rail across a large portion of the land. Other cities have subways that provide the same benefits. I will use this site to explore transportation options utilized throughout the world. Please visit my site daily to see what’s new. Thanks.

Learning About Transportation

Three Reasons To Choose Synthetic Instead Of Petroleum-Based Lubricants For Your Car

Jeffery Spencer

When you start with a petroleum-derived lubricant for your engine, you are immediately limited by the characteristics of the oils you start with. While you can add many other compounds to improve the function of the oils you start with, you still have certain limitations. To improve on the shortcomings of petroleum-based products, engineers have been working for years to create synthetic products. While petroleum products may once have been the best option, synthetic lubricants are now worth considering at the very least. 


Many people are reluctant to give synthetic oils a try because they cost more initially than petroleum-based oils. However, a myopic focus on initial cost may deprive people of greater savings to be had down the road. Synthetic oils tend to last longer than petroleum-based lubricants. The reason for this is that synthetic oils are designed to have high viscosity and high temperature resistance. 


The thicker a liquid is, the better it can hold up when under pressure. For example, when the moving parts of an engine come together, it can force oils with low viscosity out from in between the moving parts. By way of contrast, an oil with high viscosity will create a pressure-resistant film that will better protect the moving parts of the engine. Synthetic oils have greater viscosity than petroleum-based products; thus, they will better prevent engine wear and save you money over the long run. 

Temperature Resistance

Different liquids will have different levels at which they start to break down and lose their viscosity. Thus, as the temperature of your engine rises, an oil can break down, leaving your engine unprotected just when it needs the most protection. Also, repeated cycles of heating will cause the different compounds mixed into a mineral-derived oil to begin to separate and thus undermine the protection that the oil provides. Synthetic oils will have a greater resistance to high temperatures, which means they will protect your engine better when exposed to high heat, and they will break down less. In other words, not only will a synthetic oil protect your engine longer, but it will increase the time between when you have to change the oil in your engine. 

In summary, if you have the money to purchase synthetic oils for your engine, you should. You reduce how often you have to change your oil, and you can reduce wear and tear on your engine. Thus, the higher initial cost will lead to greater savings in the long run.