|Although the engineering of each synthetic
base stock varies depending on the particular stock,
synthetics are generally made through a reaction process.
This reaction process significantly improves the
consistency of the stock and it's molecular uniformity.
Mineral stocks, on the other hand, are obtained through a
process of distillation.
Distillation slightly limits the molecular diversity
that may exist within the stock, but does not completely
eliminate non essential molecular structures. This is
important because unnecessary molecular structures produce
variations in the stock's performance. The ideal
lubricant's chemical composition is one in which the
molecular construction is identical throughout, such as in
a synthetic base stock. Because of the way synthetic
stocks are produced, they are molecularly uniform and
contain significantly less undesirable materials than a
mineral base stock.
Molecular uniformity also affects the properties that
each type of lubricant possesses. The properties of
mineral oils tend to vary due to inconsistencies in the
crude from which they are obtained. The properties and
performance features of synthetics, on the other hand, are
very predictable. Once again, this is due to their
Amsoil synthetic lubricants are formulated to take
advantage of the superior properties of synthetic base
stocks. They provide excellent lubrication and wear
protection and have been designed to resist the chemical
breakdown processes that limit the service life of
conventional mineral-based oils.