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Valvoline Full Synthetic Motor Oil Offers Stronger Protection than Industry-Leading Full Synthetic

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Mark Coxhead, President & GM Valvoline Canada, left and Mike Los, Director, DIFM, showcasing SynPower, an ultra fully synthetic lubricant. Photo Huw Evans

Valvoline, a provider of automotive services and supplier of lubricants worldwide, released its results from head-to-head testing vs. the industry-leading full synthetic.

In side-by-side comparison tests, Valvoline full synthetic motor oils provide 24X stronger protection against engine-killing contaminants than the industry-leading full synthetic motor oil.

What’s considered an engine-killing contaminant? In this case, water, fuel and ethanol.

“When gasoline burns in your engine to create energy, it also creates a large amount of water”, says Dr. Michael D. Warholic, Valvoline Senior Technology Manager for Light Duty Lubricants. “Most of the water goes out your exhaust, but some water finds its way to your oil sump along with unburned fuel. In addition, most gasoline now contains up to 15% ethanol which can lead to even higher amounts of contamination.”

If moisture builds up in the engine, and it’s not properly controlled by a high-quality motor oil, it could lead to poor lubrication, corrosion, and increased friction which could result in catastrophic engine failure. “At the end of the day, the motor oil circulating in your engine drains back into your oil pan and sits there,” says Warholic. Water is heavier than oil, so if it separates from the oil, it sinks to the bottom of the pan. When you start your car in the morning, the first thing your oil pump sees could be water, which is a terrible lubricant.”

OEM’s have identified the critical need for a motor oil to properly manage water, fuel and ethanol. A mandatory performance test is included in the widely utilized API SP and ILSAC GF-6 oil specifications. The test is formally known as ASTM D7563 and measures the ability of an oil to emulsify a mixture of water and fuel for a prescribed length of time.

Through a series of exhaustive in-house tests at Valvoline’s New Product Laboratory and complimentary testing at an independent third-party laboratory, Valvoline’s scientists were able to demonstrate a 24X improvement in emulsion stability versus the leading synthetic.

 

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