Know your Oils: Look past the Gimmicky Packaging

Automotive lubricants help condition the parts they lubricate. In the long term, proper lubrication will maintain and prolong the lifespan of the component parts of every vehicle. The American Petroleum Institute (API) puts out a certification to rate and maintain quality standards of lubricants as set by the original equipment manufacturers (OEM). This service rating is indicated in the API symbol on the product label.

Take note that the API SN rating today is similar to the GF-5 oil rating by the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC). SN-rated engine oils, for instance, have demonstrated their efficiency in fuel economy tests and in maintaining vehicle emission system components. They have been designated as resource–conserving products.

Lubricants (fluids, oils, grease, sprays) that effectively control friction and heat are what you need to look out for. On a larger scale of the automotive lubrication system, clean oil is brought to every component in the engine by first pressure-feeding the main bearings and oil galley ways. In the process, other individual components, such as cylinder walls, piston pin and connecting rod bearings, as well as springs, chains, and gears are all lubricated.

The lubricant’s brand may not matter as much as the type and grade of the lubricant for a specific application, but ultimately, you’ll need the confidence of using top-quality lubricants from premium brands, such as Shell, Phillips 66, Castrol, and Houghton, .delivered to you from reliable fuel and lubrication wholesale distributors to support your automotive business.


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