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AMSOIL vs. Mobil 1 SuperSyn
The latest version of Mobil
They Say Nothing Outperforms
Mobil 1? Wrong!
AMSOIL INC. set out to
examine the specifics of the overly broad "Nothing
Outperforms..." Mobil claim. AMSOIL
5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil (ASL)
and Mobil 1 SuperSyn 5W-30 Motor Oil were analyzed in
five key bench tests measuring motor oil performance:
NOACK volatility, flash/fire point, pour point, four
ball wear and total base number (TBN). As shown in the
charts below, AMSOIL outperformed Mobil 1 in all five
The NOACK Volatility Test
determines the evaporation loss of lubricants in high-temperature
service. The more motor oils vaporize, the thicker and
heavier they become, contributing to poor circulation,
reduced fuel economy, increased oil consumption and
excessive wear and emissions. A maximum of 15 percent
evaporation loss is allowable to meet the API SL and
ILSAC GF-3 specifications. As shown in the graph, AMSOIL
5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil lost an extremely low
4.9 percent of its original weight during high-temperature
service, maintaining its superior protective and performance
qualities,while Mobil 1 SuperSyn 5W-30 Motor Oil lost
9.17 percent of its original weight.
Four Ball Wear
The Four Ball Wear Test
determines the wear protection properties of a lubricant
by measuring the wear scars produced by four metal balls
in sliding contact under the test parameters. The smaller
the average wear scar, the better the wear protection
provided by the lubricant. As shown in the graph, AMSOIL
5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil completed the Four Ball
Wear Test producing a smaller wear scar than the Mobil
1 SuperSyn 5W-30 Motor Oil.
The Flash/Fire Point Test
determines the lowest temperatures at which application
of a flame will cause lubricant vapors to ignite (flash
point) and sustain burning for five seconds (fire point).
Lubricants with higher flash and fire points exhibit
more stable volatility characteristics and are safer
to use and transport. As shown in the graph, AMSOIL
5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil has higher flash and fire
points than does Mobil 1 SuperSyn 5W-30 Motor Oil.
The Pour Point Test determines
the lowest temperature at which a lubricant flows.The
lower a lubricant's pour point,the better protection
it provides in low-temperature service.As shown in the
5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil has a lower pour point
than Mobil 1 SuperSyn 5W-30 Motor Oil.
Total Base Number
Total Base Number (TBN)
is the measurement of a lubricant's reserve alkalinity.
The higher a motor oil's TBN, the more effective it
is in handling contaminants and reducing the corrosive
effects of acids for an extended period of time. As
shown in the graph, AMSOIL
5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil has a higher TBN than
Mobil 1 SuperSyn 5W-30 Motor Oil.
Follows AMSOIL into Extended Oil Drain Market
Mobil 1 Extended Performance long drain motor
More AMSOIL Performance Tests
Why Motor Oil Deteriorates
It is common knowledge
that, at some point, engine oil must be changed. It's something
that is preached relentlessly to vehicle owners by vehicle
manufacturers, quick lubes and oil companies. But consumers
are widely unaware of what exactly makes oil changes necessary.
Many factors contribute
to a motor oil's demise, but it is essentially the accumulation
of contaminants in the oil and chemical changes in the oil
itself that make a motor unfit for further service. With time,
it is inevitable that the oil will be contaminated by dirt
or sludge, or succumb to the extreme pressures or temperatures
found inside an engine. AMSOIL Motor Oils are formulated with
the industry's most advanced synthetic base stocks and additive
packages to combat the forces that deteriorate conventional
What is the NOACK Volatility
Volatization is a term used to describe
what happens to a fluid as it is heated to the point it begins
to "boil off." Upon reaching a certain temperature,
oil will begin to lose some of its lighter weight molecules
as they "boil off" and leave heavier weight molecules
behind. Not only does this cause higher oil consumption, this
process can also cause increased viscosity making the oil
more difficult to circulate through the lubrication system.
Quality Takes Priority at AMSOIL
The AMSOIL chemical
laboratory plays an important role in the daily operations
at AMSOIL headquarters. The lab fulfills tech service requests,
performs competitor testing and comparisons, and works on
the research and development of products at AMSOIL. One of
the most important jobs at the lab is quality control. AMSOIL
is known for formulating high-quality products and the AMSOIL
chemists ensure that everything coming in and going out meets
AMSOIL standards. How do they do it? (read
Synthetic Motor Oils offer the longest drain intervals
on the market, unsurpassed protection and performance that
effectively extends equipment life and improved fuel economy,
saving customers money at the pump and reducing the nation's
dependence on foreign oil.
INC. warrants that the use of its lubricants will not cause
mechanical damage to any mechanically sound equipment when
AMSOIL INC. products are used in full compliance with the
company's recommendations and instructions."
synthetic motor oils are formulated to surpass engine test
specifications, offering protection far greater than competing
motor oils for extended drain intervals. Most synthetic oil
manufacturers make no claim to extended drain intervals, deferring
to the maintenance schedule provided by the vehicle manufacturer.
With its unparalleled oil and warranty program, AMSOIL offers
consumers unprecedented protection and economics.
More than 20 years
ago, AMSOIL began using the NOACK volatility test as a comparison
tool and measurement of quality. Back then, nearly every oil
tested side-by-side with AMSOIL synthetic motor oils failed,
and those that passed barely squeaked by. Other oil companies
paid no attention to NOACK results until Ford Motor Company
made it a requirement for service fill oils, validating what
AMSOIL had said all along.
NOACK Volatility Test
Volatility Test determines the evaporation loss
of lubricants in high temperature service. The more
motor oils vaporize, the thicker and heavier they become,
contributing to poor circulation, reduced fuel economy
and increased oil consumption, wear and emissions. AMSOIL
Synthetic Motor Oil resists high temperature volatization
better than other motor oils. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor
Oil maintains peak fuel efficiency and reduces oil consumption
AMSOIL Now An ISO Certified
received ISO 9001:2000 certification of our Quality Management
System (QMS). NSF International Strategic Registrations is
the registrar that has verified our QMS meets the requirements
of the ISO 9001:2000 standard, the most widely utilized quality
standard throughout the world for quality management systems.
ISO standards are used by over 300,000 companies worldwide
setting rigorous standards for businesses, government and
is applicable to any manufacturing and service organization
providing a framework for system development that focuses
on the customer, quality system performance and ongoing improvement.
AMSOIL received ISO 9001:2000 registration under the scope:
synthetic lubricants blending, packaging, and other fulfillment
directly associated with lubricant product.
certification puts AMSOIL in line with some of the most efficient
companies in the world. It is further assurance that the products
and services AMSOIL provides will continue to maintain the
high level of quality the company always demanded.
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