You’ve bought a brand new car that uses factory-fill conventional petroleum motor oil. You’ve decided that from the first mile, you want the absolute best protection for your engine and want to run 100% pure synthetic engine oil. The question now is: when to switch to synthetic oil in a new car? The answer to the question depends on whether you are switching to a conventional synthetic or to a high performance synthetic motor oil blended with molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), or moly. Conventional synthetic motor oils can be changed immediately. On the other hand, if you’re looking to use the ultimate in synthetics, which would be a moly synthetic oil, then you need to break in the engine for 1,000 miles. The reason you must wait 1,000 miles for the engine to break in is because moly has an amazing ability to eliminate frictional wear in an engine. It would take many thousands of miles for the engine to break itself in if moly synthetic motor oil were used immediately. You can imagine long term the immense benefits to using moly synthetic motor oil. With real life data showing engine life doubling through its use. As you most likely learned when investigating synthetic oils, there are multiple benefits to changing to a synthetic immediately. Longer lasting engines, saving money due to increased fuel economy, better protection against extreme heat, and the motor oil simply lasts longer.
If you decide that you want to be using synthetic motor oil in your engine before it is driven the first mile, you will then need to ask the service maintenance department of the auto dealership where you purchased the vehicle to change to synthetic oil. If you bring your own synthetic oil, the service department may balk at this. They may say that it would void the warranty of your engine using any other brand but what they offer. The dealership cannot void the car’s warranty for the following reason: The Magnuson-Moss Act of 1975 is a federal law that basically says that automakers cannot put conditions on a new car’s warranty that are connected to any product or service offered by the brand, trade, or corporation’s name unless the manufacturer in question gives that specific product or service free of charge to the customer. In other words, the customer has the right and freedom to utilize aftermarket products that they choose to without the fear of losing the OEM’s limited or implied new vehicle warranty.
Now, the decision that you have to make is which of the numerous synthetic oils on the market you should choose. This is a fairly straightforward and simple decision if you know all the facts. First of all, that you want to use a synthetic motor oil illustrates your desire to give your engine the best possible protection. When deciding on using synthetics, you must have read what synthetics are and why they are superior lubricants. From a purely scientific theoretical point of view, synthetics, as you well know, offer far more benefits naturally than do conventional petroleum based lubricants. So the question still remains, what manufacturer makes the best synthetic lubricants for automobiles. If we dig a little deeper, we need to look at the chemistry of such synthetic lubricants. A synthetic lubricant manufacturer has to decide what quality additive package they want to use. If you’re looking for the absolute best synthetic motor oil, then seriously consider one that was engineered utilizing moly, or molybdenum disulfide. This naturally mined friction reducing additive has a long history in the lubricant market for offering tremendous benefits, such as reducing component wear and withstanding extremely high operating temperatures. Another factor is whether you’re looking for the lowest priced conventional synthetic motor oil or is performance your number 1 criteria? Is their market to sell the lowest price synthetic motor oil? Is it to be selling an average or mid-priced product? Or do they want to separate themselves from the crowd and offer the highest quality synthetic motor oil regardless of the price of the additive package? If you were to look into a motor oil additive package catalog offered by one of the major chemical additive manufacturers, there would be three levels or tiers to choose from. Tier 3 is the low end in price and performance, yet still meets minimum industry standards. Tier 2 is mid-level in terms of price and performance of industry standards. The top in quality and industry standard performance would be Tier 1. Again, if the goal is to reap the maximum benefits in terms of longer engine life, extended drain intervals, maximum power, and fuel efficiency, then you can narrow your choice down to only a few synthetic oils. On the short list, near the top, would have to be a moly synthetic motor oil.
Let’s present a simple analogy. For example, compare prize winning cakes. You know, this is a lot like the prize winning cake at the state fair each year. Every person who enters a cake has access to similar ingredients. Most of the people entering the cake contest may decide to use the cheapest ingredients. Still, there may be one contestant unbeknownst to everyone else that decided to take the path least traveled. That is to say, that person decided to use the finest possible ingredients available. And out of all the various cakes one will be declared the prize winner. The difference is not only in the quality of the ingredients you use, but in the know-how to put those ingredients together. The same principle holds true with formulating synthetic lubricants. Even though everybody has access to synthetic lubricant raw materials, not everybody chooses to use the same level of quality, nor do they possess the know-how that is only achieved through vast experience.
As a new car owner, the first thing we want to concern ourselves with is protecting the engine from unnecessary wear. Choosing a pure 100% synthetic motor oil with a robust additive chemistry and with the addition of friction fighting moly would be the perfect lubricant for any new engine.
Today’s modern engines can have what is called low-speed pre-ignition. This can be quite damaging to an engine and could cause parts to break when driving. Moly synthetic motor oil offers excellent protection against low speed pre-ignition.
Many of today’s modern engines come equipped with turbochargers. Turbocharger parts rotate at very high speeds and generate excessive heat. Moly is the perfect high speed, high temperature lubricant for turbos. Moly can withstand in excess of 750 degrees Fahrenheit, can reduce fluid friction up to 65%, and can withstand high pressures as high as 500,000 psi.
A high performance 100% synthetic motor oil with molybdenum disulfide provides amazing extended drain intervals of up to 80,000 miles per oil change. Because of its high thermal stability, excellent sheer stability, and robust additive package, a moly synthetic oil offers multiple benefits. It delivers less viscosity breakdown, thus giving the engine better protection of its internal components, such as cams, pistons, bearings, and other critical motor parts.
Another important benefit when choosing to use a Top Tier synthetic motor oil formulated with moly is to experience long term engine cleanliness. Additionally, it offers a robust acid neutralizing chemistry by having a high TBN rating.
To recap, you now know when to switch to synthetic oil in a new car. In addition, we’ve tried to provide more information in helping to choose which synthetic motor oil would be the best choice for protecting your expensive new car. Regardless of what the cost would be in investing in the absolute highest quality synthetic motor oil for your prized new car possession, the ultimate goal is to keep your new cars running in new condition for as long as possible. Without a doubt, if you have changed to a 100% synthetic motor oil with moly, you’ll reap the maximum number of benefits that a high performance synthetic motor oil can provide for a new car. Your engine will last longer, you’ll save on gas due to better fuel mileage, your engine will maintain peak power and efficiency due to the oil’s ability to reduce friction and heat, not to mention a moly synthetic motor oil’s ability to extend the drain interval up to 80,000 miles which translates to more dollar savings since you’ll be saving on service costs and parts such as an oil filter, etc.