Engine Oil and Additives
Engine oil and additives are without doubt the most important part of your engine…as everything floats on it.
Your engine oil is there to lubricate and cool all the moving bearing surfaces and keeps all those parts from touching each other…and yet most owners give very little consideration to what they use.
There is a great deal to learn about engine oil, its anti wear properties, its film strength etc and its the engine oil and additives that go into the mix that then play their part during hard use…compromising on your oil can be very expensive !
Generally we find that many car owners use cheap, sub standard oil when they either change the oil themselves or choose a garage that offers budget servicing plans…its a really bad idea.
Ironically the difference between a sub standard sump of oil and the very best can be less than £20 and yet this is nearly always over looked.
So whats at Risk ?
A blown engine, blown turbo (very common) premature wear to all bearing surfaces !
Cost is an issue but it needs to be balanced and of course advice is needed but in simple terms put the best oil possible in your engine…its a no brainer.
We can help you choose the best engine oil and additives in your engine to provide you with enhanced protection, which means less wear, smaller and fewer repair bills, better performance and even better economy…that £20 doesnt sound to bad now does it ?
Engine Oil Additives…what are they and what do they do ?
Additives are chemical compounds that improve the lubricant performance of base oil.
Most commercial engine oils contain additives, whether the oils are synthetic or petroleum based.
Oil detergent additives are used to clean and neutralize oil impurities which normally cause deposits such as oil sludge on vital engine parts.
Corrosion or rust inhibiting additives retard the oxidation of metal inside an engine.
Antioxidant additives retard the degradation of the oil by oxidation.
Metal deactivators create a film on metal surfaces to prevent the metal from causing the oil to be oxidized.
Viscosity modifiers make an oil’s viscosity higher at elevated temperatures,.
Friction modifiers or friction reducers, like molybdenum disulfide and Nano technology, are used for increasing fuel economy by reducing friction between moving parts.
Friction modifiers alter the lubricity of the base oil.
Anti wear additives or wear inhibiting additives cause a film to surround metal parts, helping to keep them separated.
Dispersants keep contaminants (e.g. soot) suspended in the oil to prevent them from coagulating.
Anti-foam agents (defoamants) inhibit the production of air bubbles and foam in the oil.