Myths debunked about engine oil

You know you are doing several things wrong because of pre-conceived notions about engine oil.

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Engine oil plays a crucial role in keeping the car secure from excessive abrasion that takes place due to continuous moving of engine parts leading to friction and hence, wear and tear. As we notice this unavoidable phenomena, we keep ourselves appraised of the quantum and quality of engine oil checking it at regular intervals. Most of us do so by the examination of the variability in its texture. Generally, a light colour points out that the oil needs to be changed and that there would be more friction taking place with the moving parts. However, that is not generally the case. This article debunks several myths that you might have about engine oil and its operation.

1) Colour

As I mentioned earlier, just staring at the colour won't lead us to any deducing about the quality of the oil. The colour of different lubricants is based on the different groups of base oils which are used as a part of the formulation of the finished product. A lighter colour denotes that the oil is produced out of higher purified base oil which ultimately leads to efficient performance. There is a plethora of oil ranges designated to the vast bandwidth of vehicles that run on the roads. However, the colour won't reveal the effectiveness of oil and each variety of oil has its distinct purpose.

2) Viscousity

You might say that greater the viscousity (sticking potential of oil in simple language), better the oil. However, that's not quite the case. A lighter or watery oil doesn't mean it is not potent enough to provide maximum protection for your vehicle. It is based on the blend of the chemicals that constitute the oil and their proportion. Buying a more viscous oil won't guarantee the retention in its quality as some spurious oils degrade in their quality in just a whiff. Hence, it is advisable to measure the viscousity of oils through ASTM tests and not by a glance. Other related factors affecting the quality of oil are lubricity, flash point (minimum temperature at which the liquid gives off sufficient vapours for ignition) and oxidation stability are of paramount significance.

The myths and factors are given by ACDelco.

Other factors that affect the quality of oil:

1) Location

The location of the region also affects the quality of oil. For a scalding place like the Middle East, it becomes essential to produce oil that can endure the severely high temperatures here. The heat can make oil films collapse ensuing greater wear and tear. The normal measure of engine oils is 100-degrees celsius. The viscousity can be measured at any temperature in the unit centistokes. One way by which you can abate wearing of parts is abiding by the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation for oil viscousity and temperature.

2) Rigorous testing

You might have read the word 'quality' a multiple times here but that is only because the oil that lubricates your vehicle should not be spurious. It is advisable to buy oils from manufacturers who conduct rigorous testing in laboratories before being sold off to the buyer such as ACDelco in the UAE.

3) Finding the right oil

We live in a society marked by complex and diverse vehicle builds. Hence, it is important to find the right type of oil for your vehicle. For this, you can take note of the specification given in the owner's manual or the websites of oil manufacturers. In case things are still hazy for you, it is recommended to contact an oil expert for further clarification.

Let me know what misconceptions you had about oil lubricants.

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