What is Fully Synthetic, Semi Synthetic and Mineral oil

While all of us want to feed our beloved car the best engine oil, we are often confused about the grades, brands and varieties available. This confusion generally has its roots in our lack of knowledge about viscosity grades and  differences between fully synthetic, semi-synthetic and mineral oils. We will explain to you all the basics of engine oil, equipping you with the required knowledge to make the right decision the next time you choose the lubricant for your vehicles.

Types of engine oils

Engine oils are classified into three primary categories for two-wheelers based on the way they are manufactured and their qualities –fully synthetic oils, semi-synthetic oils and mineral oils. Here’s what each variety of engine oil encompasses

What is Fully Synthetic oil

Fully Synthetic oils are specially engineered to offer better performance than mineral oils. The main benefit is that they protect your engine across a much broader temperature range; even beyond your engine’s maximum temperature. Added to that, they don’t degrade as quickly, as mineral oils contain impurities. Their thinner consistency helps to improve fuel efficiency. These formulations warranty the consumer to use up to 10,000km or 5 months duration interval.

What is Semi-Synthetic oil

Semi-synthetic oil, also known as synthetic blend oil has a small amount of synthetic engine oil (explained in detail in the next section) blended in with mineral oil to boost its properties without escalating the cost by much. The addition of synthetic oil enhances its viscosity and wear resistance at higher temperatures and stress. Recommence to consumer up 7,000km or 3 month duration.

What is Mineral oil 

This is the most basic variety of engine oils and is most commonly used in a large majority of vehicles. Mineral oils are refined petroleum oils that undergo treatment to perform across a wide temperature range. Of course, there is a wide range of quality available within mineral oils too, though their price is generally lower than the other two varieties of oils. These engine oils work well for every driven in conditions that are not too extreme (hot, cold, dusty, hilly, strenuous etc). Recommence to use 5,000km or 2 months only.

So which type of engine oil should you buy?

Choosing the correct motor oil for your car might seem daunting but the best way to start is by checking your owners’ manual for your car manufacturers suggested oil weight or you can click here to know which type of oil is suitable for your car.

Updated 5th August 2020. All rights reserved.

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