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The Harmful Effects of Engine Soot

Engine soot is a common byproduct in internal combustion engines, formed as the result of incomplete fuel combustion. Most fuels are composed of hydrocarbons, containing both carbon and hydrogen, and when undergoing complete combustion, the only byproducts are carbon dioxide and water. However no engine is completely efficient and complete combustion does not occur. Complete combustion would require a very lean ratio of fuel to air, whereas real engine conditions exhibit richer fuel mixtures. The less air that is present in the ratio, the more favorable the conditions for soot accumulation.

Soot formulation is more pronounced in diesel engines than gasoline engines due to the ways fuel is injected and ignited. While fuel is injected during the intake stroke and ignited with a spark in gasoline engines, it is injected during the compression stroke and ignited spontaneously from the pressure in diesel engines. Combustion is more efficient in gasoline engines because the air and fuel have a chance to thoroughly mix, while the late fuel injection in diesel engines produces fuel-dense pockets in the combustion chamber that produce soot when ignited. Newer exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) diesel engines, designed to reduce NOx emissions by routing part of engine's exhaust stream through an intercooler and back to the intake manifold, further compound soot problems in diesel engine oils.

Excessive soot formulation in oil can be caused by a number of factors. Worn out rings or injectors, excessive idling, poor fuel spray patterns and incorrect air-fuel ratios are major causes of soot formulation. A faulty fuel nozzle may spray more fuel than desired, increasing the fuel-to-air ratio and causing incomplete combustion and soot accumulation, or the air filter may become clogged, decreasing air supply and increasing the fuel-air ratio.

Soot particles are spherical in shape and 98 percent carbon by weight. They are a very small size of around 0.03 microns, but they often agglomerate to form larger particles. Although the majority of soot produced during combustion exits through the exhaust, some passes through the rings of the combustion chamber and enters the engine oil. As long as these soot particles remain suspended in the oil and are not allowed to agglomerate, they pose little risk to engine parts. It is up to the motor oil's dispersants to keep soot particles dispersed. However, in high soot conditions, dispersants can become quickly depleted.

High soot load conditions lead to a loss of oil dispersancy as an oil's dispersant additives are consumed. As dispersancy is lost, soot particles agglomerate and form larger particles that build up on engine surfaces. This soot and sludge eventually impedes oil flow, and can also form on oil filters, blocking oil flow and allowing dirty oil into the engine. In addition, high soot levels within a motor oil increases viscosity, further impeding oil flow and increasing engine wear. Anti-wear additive performance is also affected in high soot conditions as additives are gradually removed from the oil by absorption to soot particles, leading to increased wear and premature engine failure.

Another negative effect of high soot conditions is the formation of carbon particles on the piston ring grooves, causing degradation of the oil seal between the ring and the cylinder line and abrading the ring and liner. As the gap between the ring and liner increases, combustion byproducts such as gases and unburned fuels blow into the crankcase, a problem known as blowby, eventually causing expanding gases to lose ability to push the piston down and generate the power necessary to propel the vehicle. Horsepower is lost and fuel efficiency decreases. Ring sticking and poor heat transfer from the piston to the cylinder wall can also result.

AMSOIL synthetic diesel oils are formulated with robust additive packages that effectively disperse soot particles so they do not agglomerate and cause engine damage. In actual on-highway heavy-duty truck field trials, at soot levels as high as 10 percent volume and higher, AMSOIL dielsel oils maintained an extremely low viscosity of 17 cSt. Excellent wear control was maintained with an average iron content under 50 ppm. AMSOIL diesel oils provide outstanding protection against viscosity thickening and soot generated wear.


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AMSOIL 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.


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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.


THE NOACK Volatility Test
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 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 and emissions.

AMSOIL Now An ISO Certified Manufacturer
AMSOIL recently 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 industry.

ISO 9001:2000 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.

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