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Lighter-Viscosity Motor Oils
Becoming More Prevalent
ILSAC GF-6 Specification Will Introduce The Lightest Category
To Date, SAE 16.
motor oil sales are shifting quickly from predominantly 5W-30
to a combination of 0W-20 and 5W-20 viscosity grades. Historically,
motor oils have depended heavily on a film of oil to keep engine parts separated, reducing
metal-to-metal friction. The idea is that the oil film reduces
friction between parts in motion, reducing wear and improving
performance. Now the industry is working on reducing hydrodynamic
friction between moving parts, something very different, which
we will call fluid friction. Reducing fluid friction requires
reducing internal friction of the lubricant. This is done
through reducing lubricant viscosity. Some of you may be thinking,
"Wait a minute, Dan, you just said that motor oils depend
on a thin film of oil to reduce metal-to-metal friction and now you are saying
that motor oils need to be thinner to reduce fluid friction.
Have you been smelling solvents in the lab too long?"
Well, I have spent
a lot of time in the lab over my career, but hopefully have
a few brain cells left to tide me over to retirement. Reducing
fluid friction depends on reducing the lubricant's resistance
to flow. For a given lubricant design, the higher the viscosity,
the more energy it takes for engine parts to move and for the oil to be pumped around
the system. But there is a limit to how low you can go without
allowing metal-to-metal friction. For those, like me, who
grew up using 10W-40 in our vehicles the idea of yet another
lower viscosity motor oil category is a little scary. This
idea of reducing fluid friction to improve fuel economy can't
go below a 0W-20 right? Well, enter SAE 16.
is continuing with the approval and introduction of the new
API SAE 16 category. This is a lighter viscosity compared
to the 20-weight category and, of course, all of this work
is supporting the improvement in fuel economy outlined in
new U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.
this new category was done by making the SAE 20 category tighter.
Now the new SAE 16 viscosity category covers what
used to be the bottom end of the SAE 20 category where no
commercial motor oils were ever designed. This lower viscosity
category improves fuel economy further for engines designed
for this lubricant. It reduces the fluid friction, and engines
run more economically as a result. This motor oil is thinner
and does not depend as much on the thin layer
of oil for proper protection; rather, oil additives play a
bigger role in overall engine protection. This does not mean
that base oils are less important in overall protection; it
is actually the opposite - outstanding base-oil lubricity
is even more important than before because the thin film of
oil at operating temperature just got thinner. What it also
means is that high-tech motor oil additives are becoming an
even more important part of engine protection than ever before.
motor oils will be covered by a new specification with the
next round of gasoline motor oil specifications, which will
be separated into two categories: GF-6A and GF-6B. The first
category, GF-6A, will be focused on protection for gasoline
direct-injection (GDI) engines, which will be the predominant
engine platform moving forward and will be backward compatible to older engines.
GF-6B, on the other hand, will not be backward compatible and
will only cover the new SAE XW-16 category. These lubricants
will be required for vehicle manufacturers to help meet the
stringent CAFE requirements for new vehicles.
The engine protection
requirements will be the same as those outlined in GF-6A,
but GF-6B will use a different formulation to achieve these
goals because of the ultra-low viscosity requirement.
Just when I was
getting used to the idea of putting 5W-20 in my 2010 Ford
Fusion, now I have to get my head around the potential of
XW-16 for a Honda Civic. When I was younger, I had a boss
who had big brass boots on his desk inscribed with the words,
"Don't bring me your problems, bring me your solutions."
New problems almost always create opportunities for new and
innovative solutions. In this case, you can be sure that AMSOIL
will move quickly from the problem to the solution. Published,
AMSOIL Magazine 09/14.
AMSOIL Signature Series
Synthetic Motor Oil
AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic
Motor Oils are formulated to meet the latest API SN Resource
Conserving and ILSAC GF-5 industry specifications. AMSOIL
Signature Series Oils include 0W-20, 0W-30, 5W-30 and 10W-30
and represent the very best motor oils AMSOIL has to offer,
allowing motorists to take advantage of maximum extended
drain intervals. AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor
Oils are recommended for drain intervals of up to 25,000
miles/one year, whichever comes first (15,000 miles/one
year in severe service conditions).
here for more information
Synthetic Motor Oils offer the longest drain intervals
on the market, unsurpassed protection and performance that
effectively extends equipment life and improved fuel economy,
saving customers money at the pump and reducing the nation's
dependence on foreign oil.
The Presidents Desk
Synthetic Diesel Oil Articles and Testimonials
INC. warrants that the use of its lubricants will not cause
mechanical damage to any mechanically sound equipment when
AMSOIL INC. products are used in full compliance with the
company's recommendations and instructions."
synthetic motor oils are formulated to surpass engine test
specifications, offering protection far greater than competing
motor oils for extended drain intervals. Most synthetic oil
manufacturers make no claim to extended drain intervals, deferring
to the maintenance schedule provided by the vehicle manufacturer.
With its unparalleled oil and warranty program, AMSOIL offers
consumers unprecedented protection and economics.
More than 20 years
ago, AMSOIL began using the NOACK volatility test as a comparison
tool and measurement of quality. Back then, nearly every oil
tested side-by-side with AMSOIL synthetic motor oils failed,
and those that passed barely squeaked by. Other oil companies
paid no attention to NOACK results until Ford Motor Company
made it a requirement for service fill oils, validating what
AMSOIL had said all along.
NOACK Volatility Test
Volatility Test determines the evaporation loss
of lubricants in high temperature service. The more
motor oils vaporize, the thicker and heavier they become,
contributing to poor circulation, reduced fuel economy
and increased oil consumption, wear and emissions. AMSOIL
Synthetic Motor Oil resists high temperature volatization
better than other motor oils. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor
Oil maintains peak fuel efficiency and reduces oil consumption
AMSOIL Now An ISO Certified
received ISO 9001:2000 certification of our Quality Management
System (QMS). NSF International Strategic Registrations is
the registrar that has verified our QMS meets the requirements
of the ISO 9001:2000 standard, the most widely utilized quality
standard throughout the world for quality management systems.
ISO standards are used by over 300,000 companies worldwide
setting rigorous standards for businesses, government and
is applicable to any manufacturing and service organization
providing a framework for system development that focuses
on the customer, quality system performance and ongoing improvement.
AMSOIL received ISO 9001:2000 registration under the scope:
synthetic lubricants blending, packaging, and other fulfillment
directly associated with lubricant product.
certification puts AMSOIL in line with some of the most efficient
companies in the world. It is further assurance that the products
and services AMSOIL provides will continue to maintain the
high level of quality the company always demanded.
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