Is it time to switch to fully synthetic engine oils?

In efforts to support attaining higher mandated fuel economy requirements, automakers worldwide are moving towards fully synthetic oils to meet the stressful demands of modern engines for cars, pickups, SUVs and vans.


Synthetic engine oils which are made from a mixture of performance additives and synthetic base oils are optimized to consistently perform better than mineral-based oils.


They don't break down as easily as mineral oils and they function better under extreme hot and cold temperature conditions. They also possess faster flow when it comes to all vital engine parts in colder weather. In hot temperatures, they exhibit great oxidation stability and don’t evaporate quickly which means better longer-lasting protection for your engine.


Turbocharged engines, for example, help with fuel economy while maintaining power, but are tougher on engine oil than non-turbo engines. That is why full synthetic motor oils have become more important as automakers explore new engine technologies such as turbocharging and engine downsizing.


With the shaft spinning at high revolutions per minute, full synthetics are better able to withstand that high heat produced and control deposit formation which plays an important role when it comes to keeping the shaft spinning smoothly while oil flow to all moving parts.


For oxidation stability, synthetic oil has proven to be highly stable than mineral oil. Additionally, the use of unique detergents and additives in the oil provides better protection against the stress of high RPMs on a hot summer’s day.


Synthetic oils are also making engine downsizing possible while not compromising on the output. They helped pave the way for automakers to explore new engine technologies. General Motors for example, looked to motor oil with their dexos1 Gen 2 specification to help provide low speed pre-ignition (LSPI) protection particularly for small displacement turbo-charged engines.


OEMs are specifying synthetic oil for day to day driving due to their tolerances, resistance to foaming and thinning at high engine temperatures.


While synthetic lubricants have a better fuel efficiency than mineral-based, understanding where synthetic lubricants will deliver benefits and where it’s more cost-effective is always much favored to prevent despair in your vehicle.


Check out our premium range of synthetic engine oils designed specifically for your vehicle’s engine and critical system components.

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About the Author: Dave has over a decade of lubricants experience in Research, Product Development, and technical workshop training. He has a passion for science, and Dave has held various technical positions as a scientist from Greases to Passenger Car and Motorcycle Engine Oils. He loves to talk oils and science, and has been involved in several training workshops giving reason to why people should be excited and care about oils and additives. He’s currently the Consumer Brand Technical and OEM Manager where he’ll be developing the Havoline Engine Oils and Aftermarket Fuel Additives product strategy for the globe. Dave will interface with technology, business colleagues, and customers in support of Consumer Brands. Dave has a Ph. D. in Chemistry, Patents on lubricant composition and manufacture, and extensive engine oil formulation experience.

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