Powered by Blogger.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012

How do base oil categories differ?

What’s the difference between base oil categories?

The most important part of any lubricant is the base oil. But are you aware how the base oil categories differ?

The two different broad base oil categories are:

1.) Mineral base oils
Modern mineral base oils are the result of a long and complex distillation and refining processes. The feedstock used is crude oil. This substance is not of uniform quality
Wednesday, 17 October 2012

What are fire resistant oils?

Are fire resistant oils for real? Where are they used?

When we refer to fire resistant oils we’re not really talking about those crash and burn accidents we see in the movies: No fire resistant oils are more commonly used in hydraulic applications.

What are fire resistant oils?

First discovered in the 1940’s phosphate esters have since been applauded by industry for their anti-wear and flame resistant properties.

Phosphate esters are used primarily as basestock
Thursday, 11 October 2012

Expensive 0W-20 synthetic motor oil for inexpensive cars

Why are inexpensive cars using relatively expensive 0W-20 synthetic motor oil?

The main reason 0W-20 synthetic motor oil is becoming increasingly popular with automotive OEM’s, is to improve the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) reported to the USA Federal Government.

CAFE is the combined average fuel economy of all of a manufacturers vehicles sold. Minimum CAFE levels are specified by the Federal Government. In order for a vehicle manufacturer to avoid penalties for non-compliance on their large trucks and SUV's, which typically have poor fuel mileage ratings, when compared to
Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The role of oil additives in effective lubrication.

How important are oil additives in effective lubrication.

Whenever oil performance is discussed viscosity is the main focus. Seldom is the importance of additives in oil given center stage.

What are oil additives?

Additives are organic or inorganic compounds dissolved or suspended as solids in oil. They typically make up between 0.1 to 30 percent of the oil volume, depending on the application. Additives have three basic roles:
  1. Enhance existing base oil performance with