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What is Synthetic Oil and Why Should I Make the Switch?

You may have noticed that mechanics and local hardware stores are replacing mineral oils with synthetic oil on their shelves, or a mixture of the two. There seems to be a consensus that synthetic oils are superior to mineral oils, but is this true? It is important to have all the facts before making an informed decision about which oil to choose. In this article Amsoil Dealer – Jim Allen would like to provide you with a little more information about how synthetic and the pros and cons of switching to them. Synthetic oils are developed in laboratories, meaning that their chemical make-up can be designed and monitored in a way that naturally-occurring oils cannot. This means that their molecules are more uniform and their performance more reliable. On top of this, they can be specifically developed to have certain characteristics. Different types of oils with different properties are combined with other compounds added, to give you an end-product with the best temperature performance and protection against wear with minimal risk of deposits building up. The most common bases for Synthetic Oils on the market are Polyalphaolefins (PAOs), Polyalkalin glycols (PAGs), Diesters and Polyol Esters. Each substance has its unique benefits.


More commonly known as synthetic hydrocarbons, these are the most popular type of synthetic oils. They have a chemical structure very similar to mineral oil, but are purer, and all the molecules are identical. These oils have very few downsides and are available at moderate prices. They work well at a wide range of temperatures, making them an excellent choice for use in engines, gears, and compressors.


Polyalkalin glycols also function well at a wide range of temperatures, and also have two major properties that set them apart from the rest:
  1. They are clean-burning and therefore leave minimal deposits in the machine in which they are being used (for example your car’s engine), and
  2. They create minimal friction, maximizing your engine’s efficiency and saving energy. These oils can be more expensive than others, but you could save the difference through increased fuel efficiency and reduced mechanic’s costs.
To learn more about synthetic oil and how it is made, speak wth an expert at Amsoil Dealer – Jim Allen by calling (877) 777-1645. If you would like to read more information about synthetic oil products, check out our online store.

Dibasic Acid Esters (Diesters)

As well as functioning well at a wide range of temperatures, these oils have a high solubility, meaning that they leave minimal deposits and are therefore an excellent option for use in compressors or engine oil. Diesters can be added to PAOs to create an oil with the positive characteristics of both components – temperature performance and minimal risk of deposits.

Polyol Esters

The excellent thermal stability of these oils makes them an excellent choice for extreme-temperature situations, such air airplane fuel. These oils can also be used in engine oils, but can be pricier than others on the market. Now we’ve found out about the science, let’s think about the benefits of these products for your vehicle. Imagine it is a cold winter’s morning and overnight temperatures have dropped below zero. A traditional mineral oil may start to become more solid at this temperature, putting a strain on your engine. Now imagine that it is a baking hot summer’s day, and you’ve taken your beloved Harley- Davidson motorcycle for a spin. The engine reaches very high temperatures, and your mineral oil starts to degrade, failing to provide optimal engine protection. In each of these scenarios you end up decreasing fuel efficiency and even doing damage to your engine by opting for non-synthetic oil. The superior temperature performance of synthetic oils provides better protection for your engine and reduces future mechanic’s costs. This ability to withstand a wider range of temperatures also means that synthetic oils degrade more slowly than traditional oils, making them last longer and saving you money by decreasing the frequency with which you need to book in for an oil change. On top of this, synthetic oils help to optimize your engine’s efficiency by reducing friction, which in turn saves you money at the gas station.

Make the Switch with a Synthetic Oil Change in Cleveland

Although synthetic oils may be more expensive than traditional oils, the cost-saving benefits of using synthetic oils over the lifetime of your vehicle should negate this difference in price. Talk to the experts today at Amsoil Dealer – Jim Allen by calling (877) 777-1645 to get the best product for you synthetic oil change in Cleveland and feel the difference in your vehicle’s performance.

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Spencer, OH 44275 
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