Which is better? Synthetic or conventional motor oil?

What makes a motor oil Synthetic motor oil? The word “synthetic” has a pretty loose definition, a lot of manufacturer prefer the word synthetic to only apply to oils chemically formulated without the use of petroleum as a base oil.

However it is not that simple. At first lets talk about petroleum based motor oils. Petroleum based or Conventional motor oil is a lubricant that is produced directly from crude oil.

Petroleum base motor oils are very “sensitive” to temperature changes. This means at extremely low temperatures, for example at winter  time, here in Canada it may be thick, and at high temperatures, it’s fairly thin. To change the oil properties, oil companies mix additives, chemicals into the petroleum base.

Those chemicals effects the oil  viscosity,  improve it at high and low  temperature too.  When a 5W-30 conventional motor oil is brand new, it  can acts exactly like a 5W-30 synthetic motor oil.

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The problem is comes with time, from the use, the chemical additives in the conventional oil begin to break-down and or vaporize. This means, the oil starts to get thick when cold and start to get thin when hot.

Synthetic oils work quite differently. From the start, the chemical structure is designed to match a specific multi-grade oil, plus certain additives like rust inhibitors or dispersants will be added to further improve the usefulness of the oil.

The end result is that over time the synthetic oil does not degrade as conventional oils do. From a viscosity standpoint, an old  synthetic oil act pretty similar to a new synthetic oil, however it might get slightly thicker as a result of contaminants.

Some people states it, from a viscosity standpoint alone, a conventional motor oil could match the protection of a synthetic motor oil simply by changing conventional oil  more often, and it is  true. However synthetic motor oils not just lubricate only, they come with superior quality additives, leading to a cleaner, smoother running engine as well.

Which one is right for your car? Which one is better? Synthetic or conventional motor oil?

Before any misunderstanding, probably hard to buy a bad lubricant these days. some of them good  and some others are better. Even the most basic conventional oils available on the market are far better than ones offered 10 years ago.

We believe, it’s ok to use a quality petroleum-based oil in an average car, but if you drive a luxury or a high performance vehicles, we recommend to follow the owner manual’s recommendations, which is synthetic oil.

For sure, the synthetic oil cost more, but the benefits of synthetic justify the expense, with longer oil changes intervals, reduced oil deposit formation, slightly better fuel economy and longer engine life.

Call us for more details. Telephone: 905.795.0419.

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FUCHS German Synthetic Motor Oils For German Import Cars

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The above sentence, FUCHS German Synthetic Motor Oils For German Import Cars not really true. Fuchs motor oils not just for German import cars. They would be perfect for any car. However it is fact, all German cars first motor oil fill by the manufacturers is    FUCHS Synthetic Motor Oil.

What is or who is FUCHS?

FUCHS EUROPE SCHMIERSTOFFE GMBH, founded in 1931 as a family firm in Mannheim, Germany, is a group member of the globally operating FUCHS PETROLUB AG, and the world’s leading supplier of lubricants among the independent companies.

FUCHS is the biggest independent lubricant company, and the 9-th biggest of all lubricant companies.

They produce all kind of lubricants, I do not want to get into that. Instead I will keep talking about FUCHS engine oils.

FUCHS produce  many different kind of premium motor oil with new XTL-technology in path-breaking viscosity class and globally unique Zinc-free Additive Technology, for today’s cars and today’s high performance cars with gasoline and diesel engines.

Those premium oils are specially designed for sportive driving and maximum power output. They are extreme fuel-economy characteristics. One of their characteristic is  the excellent cold starting behavior and excellent hot temperature protection. Just what we need here in Canada…

FUCHS TITAN GT-1 Synthetic motor oils Specially developed for BMW, VW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles with exhaust after treatment and turbocharger.

The FUCHS TITAN GT-1 Premium Motor Oil is for modern passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with or without extended service intervals. Good cold starting, lower oil consumption and minimized exhaust emissions.

For more information please view the next video. If you click on the next link, your browser will open a new window. The video will load into that window from FUCHS website View FUCHS Technology’s Video or Continue reeding about FUCHS TITAN GT-1 Premium Motor Oil

The importance of Oil Changes

importance of oil change

The change the oil in your as it recommended in your car user manual is very important. Apparently not all of the car owners believe it…

The above pictures  from a BMW X3 engines. The owner of the car tried to save money on oil changes. I don’t think he made a good deal, because  no he needs engine change, or he can buy an other car. To view bigger photos visit our on-line photo album. You will find there more  European Impart Car Lubrication related photos at next…

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