Today, nearly every oil company offers a synthetic motor oil in its product line. These oils have become more popular over the years as more people have learned about the benefits of synthetic oil and as more automakers have turned to these high-performance lubricants to give their vehicles the ultimate in protection.
One of synthetic's biggest attributes is most useful this time of year. In cold temperatures, synthetic motor oil flows easier than conventional motor oil. This means on those frigid mornings when you're trying to start the car, the engine will crank quicker and easier with synthetic motor oil than with conventional. Believe it or not, synthetic oil can actually flow in the extreme cold, down to temperatures like minus-70 degrees F. Because of its low pour-point, synthetic oil helps protect vehicles during cold starts. Subsequently, there is less wear inside the engine because synthetic oil flows quickly to moving parts. Before the days of synthetic oil, conventional oil would sit in the pan until the engine warmed up the frozen oil and "thawed it enough so it would flow to the critical parts in the engine.
Not only does synthetic oil help protect critical engine parts in cold weather, but it also helps keep them clean mile after mile. Synthetic oil resists oxidation--or in other words rust--to keep engines clean and running at optimum performance. After all, a clean engine is an efficient engine. Plus, synthetic oil helps reduce friction within the engine, to help it run cooler. This makes synthetic oil an ideal lubricant in all seasons, not just winter.
No matter what you drive every day, synthetic oil is a smart choice to protect your engine and keep it "jetting" down the highway for many miles to come.
Einstein's offers a full line of synthetic oils to meet the needs of any vehicle. Ask about it for your next oil change!
The above was written by Tammy Neal and was published in the Winter 2011 edition of Vehicle MD.