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ExxonMobil Follows AMSOIL into
Extended Drain Market
Motor oil technology has gradually
progressed since the days of the earliest automobiles. In
those days, standard motor oil drain intervals were between
500 and 1000 miles, and motorists had to switch viscosity
grades with the changing of the seasons. The development of
oil filtration and additive technology in the 1930s allowed
drain intervals to increase to 2000 and later 3000 miles,
while the development of viscosity modifiers in the 1940s
allowed the formulation of multi-grade oils that could be
used in both hot and cold temperatures.
When AMSOIL introduced the world's
first synthetic motor oil for internal combustion engines
in 1972, it set all new standards for quality. Its premium
synthetic base stocks were comprised of pure, uniform molecules
not subject to the shortcomings of conventional motor oil,
such as volatility and shear. Based on engine tests, drain
intervals could be increased substantially, and AMSOIL recommended
25,000 mile/one year drain intervals. AMSOIL continues to
be the leader in synthetic lubricant and extended drain technology,
blending its oils with top-of-the-line synthetic base stocks
and premium additive packages that provide optimum protection
and performance and extended drain intervals.
ExxonMobil recently announced
a new line of motor oils recommended for extended drain intervals.
It was only a matter of time before
another company followed the path forged by AMSOIL over 30
years ago. Some motorists may recall that Mobil also followed
AMSOIL into the synthetic motor oil business, introducing
its synthetic motor oil several years after AMSOIL. The technology
for extended oil drains is obviously available, but until
now, the major oil companies have had other agendas. Marc
Graham, who is president of Pennzoil-Quaker State-owned Jiffy
Lube International (PQS), was quoted in a 2001 Lubricants
World interview as saying, "At [PQS] we use a number
internally that if we [shortened the drain interval] by 100
miles [for each car serviced], it would mean an additional
$20 million in revenue for the company." He also explained
that "if we could move our customers to get one more
oil change per year, it's worth $294 million for the oil change
alone and $441 million in revenue, when you include the ancillary
products and services customers typically buy along with the
Mobil backed off 25,000 mile
oil change intervals in 1974.
Mobil briefly recommended 25,000 mile
oil drains in the 1970's. It's not difficult to figure out
who they were trying to compete with. AMSOIL was the only
other company offering synthetic motor oils and recommended
25,000 mile drain intervals. However, it may be that because
vehicle manufacturers weren't yet comfortable with extended
drain intervals, Mobil retracted its extended drain recommendations
and simply recommended motorists follow the intervals specified
in their vehicle's owners manual. Of course, traditional oil
change recommendations also allow Mobil and other motor oil
companies to sell a lot more oil. Everyone wins but the customer.
AMSOIL stands apart from the
AMSOIL has always formulated its products
to be the absolute best, continually researching ways to make
its already outstanding products even better. Other oil companies,
however, are beholden to shareholders, and one could speculate
that their incentive is to maximize profit. They formulate
oils down to a price, rather than formulating them to be the
best they can be. Then, they price their products to maximize
profits. In addition, AMSOIL has over 33 years of experience
blending premium extended drain synthetic oils. That's over
33 years worth of proven performance in the field.
A close look at ExxonMobil's
new long drain motor oil line reveals that two are petroleum
based, one is a synthetic blend and only one, Mobil 1 Extended
Performance, is a full synthetic. The petroleum based products
are recommended for 5000 mile drains, the synthetic blend
for 7500 mile drains and Extended Performance for 15,000 mile
drains. However, a look at the fine print reveals that ExxonMobil
is still recommending drivers follow the oil drain recommendations
listed in their owners manuals during the warranty period.
AMSOIL synthetic motor oils are recommended for 25,000 mile
or one year drain intervals in both new and older vehicles.
The AMSOIL warranty stands behind this recommendation.
AMSOIL has recommended 25,000
mile/one year drain intervals since 1972.
AMSOIL delivers the highest quality
lubricants on the market. It's the AMSOIL identity, and it's
what customers expect. Al Amatuzio coined the phrase "extended
drain interval," and from the beginning, AMSOIL synthetic
motor oils have been formulated for extended drain intervals.
Vehicle manufacturers are pushing
for extended oil drain intervals.
Vehicle manufacturers in Europe have
been recommending extended oil drains for years. In fact,
the average drain interval in Europe is 10,000 miles. Vehicle
manufacturers in the United States are definitely coming around
to extended oil drains as well. Most owners manuals from recent
model vehicles recommend 5000 to 7500 mile oil drain intervals.
In addition, oil life monitors have become increasingly common
on today's vehicles, allowing and encouraging motorists to
increase drain intervals up to 12,000 miles, even when using
conventional oil. Vehicles equipped with an oil life monitor
no longer recommend oil changes based solely on mileage. The
system measures engine operational data such as temperature,
revolutions and speed to determine when the oil is nearing
the end of its life.
The motor oil industry is faced
with the extended oil drain interval issue.
The success of oil life monitors has
posed a threat to motor oil companies who insist oil must
be changed every 3000 miles. It becomes increasingly difficult
to maintain this position when vehicle manufacturers are recommending
significantly longer intervals with the use of their oil monitoring
systems. This is no doubt one of the reasons ExxonMobil finally
introduced a line of long drain motor oils.
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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