Additives

Oil additives are the chemical compounds that improve the lubricant performance of base oil (or “base stock“). We can provide all of the following additives: Automotive, Biodegradable, Bio Fuel, Gas, Motor Oils, Specialty, Custom, Engine, Gear Oil, Petroleum, Octane Boosters, Oil Boosters, Oil Stop Leak.

Additives for Different Applications

The manufacturers of many different oils can utilize the same base stock for each formulation and can choose different additives for each needed application. Additives can comprise up to 5% of weight of some of these oils. Nearly all commercial motor oils contain some additives. Whether the oils are synthetic or petroleum based they will probably contain some sort of add in. Essentially, only the American Petroleum Institute Service motor oils have no additives. Therefore, these fluids are incapable of protecting modern engines. The choice of additives is determined by the needed application. For example, the oil for a diesel engine with direct injection in a pickup truck has different additives than the oil used in a small gasoline-powered outboard motor on a boat or small water vehicle.

The Importance of Additives

Oil additives are vital for the proper lubrication and prolonged use of motor oil in modern internal combustion engines. Without many of these, the oil would become contaminated, break down, leak out, or not properly protect the engine parts at all operating temperatures. Just as important these substances for oils are used inside of gearboxes, automatic transmissions, and bearings. Some of the most important additives include those used for viscosity and lubricity, contaminant control, for the control of chemical breakdown, and for seal conditioning. Some additives allow lubricants to perform better under severe conditions, such as high levels of contamination, extreme pressures and temperatures.

Although motor oil is manufactured with numerous additives, aftermarket oil additives exists as well. A glaring inconsistency of mass-marketed aftermarket oil additives is that they often use some substances foreign to motor oil. On the other hand, commercial additives are also sold which are designed for extended drain intervals or for framing oils.

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