There are two basic types of lubricants available:
- Conventional mineral oils are the traditional types.
- Synthetic lubricants, which are growing in popularity.
Synthetic oil is not only refined but also distilled, purified and broken down into its basic molecules. It is then rebuilt and enhanced with additives so that it can better protect against engine wear, extreme temperatures and sludge build up. This process not only removes more impurities from the crude oil but also enables individual molecules in the oil to be tailored to the demands of modern engines. These customised molecules provide higher levels of protection and performance and can keep your engine running better for longer.
During the cold winter months, or if you live in an extremely cold environment, this flow process takes even longer. Synthetic low viscosity oils, however, are engineered to flow quickly even at low temperatures, and they start protecting your engine right after you start your car.
Conventional oils can break down faster under these conditions and leave deposits on turbocharger components, which can lead to failure. Synthetic oils can protect these components much better than conventional oils, keeping them operating at peak performance and boosting your engine’s power. Find out more on how our engineers develop new products and continually refine the entire range of ExxonMobil products.
Fuel economy and greenhouse gas regulations have changed the way engines are built. Due to a heightened focus on increasing mpg, smaller four-cylinder engines with complicated systems –hybrid, stop-start and turbo –are now replacing larger six-and eight-cylinder engines. Turbocharged engines have emerged as the answer to vehicle manufacturers’ needs to deliver fuel efficiency without sacrificing power.
We already mentioned how engines run at high temperatures, which can break down conventional oils faster, but today’s turbocharged engines are even more aggressive. While engine crankshafts average about 3,000 rpm at motorway speeds, the turbocharger shaft can reach speeds up to 200,000 rpm. Additionally, the oil in a turbocharger can exceed temperatures of 200⁰C, which is about twice the average heat of non-turbocharged engines. Such high speeds and temperatures can cause some motor oils to decompose, resulting in more engine deposits and diminished performance. Synthetic oils can protect these components much better than conventional oils, keeping them operating at peak performance and boosting your engine’s power.
Mobil 1™ oils are setting the standard for turbocharged engine performance and protection.
Mobil 1 oils resist breakdown by delivering outstanding oxidation stability and thermal protection down to -40⁰C and up to 260⁰C. When used in turbocharged applications, Mobil 1 oils offer exceptional:
- Protection of thrust bearing
- Varnish control on shaft bushing
- Deposit and build-up control on the compressor, compressor seal plate and turbo housing
What is synthetic oil?
Motor oils aren’t created equal. You might already know that synthetic oils outperform conventional oils, but you might not know the difference between synthetic blend oils and fully synthetic oils.Learn more
Why choose a synthetic oil?
Your engine is a complex machine with hundreds of moving parts that operate under a wide range of temperatures and stressors. The oil you select needs to be equally capable of coping with these operating conditions to protect your engine.Learn more