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December 31, 2009

Do You Know Poly Alpha Olefin (PAO)

AMSOIL, uses different base stocks, in the manufacturer of their diversified product inventory and the current statement published by AMSOIL states; “As the developer of the world’s FIRST API (American Petroleum Institute) qualified synthetic motor oil in 1972, AMSOIL has gained more experience than any other oil company in formulating automotive synthetic lubricants.  It is this extensive experience that provides the ability to maximize product performance through use of a full range of high-performance synthetic base oils, mostly notable POLY ALPHA OLEFIN (PAO). These oils are described as such:  Poly alpha olefins, also known as PAO’s and synthesized hydrocarbons consist of a singular molecular structure.  PAO’s are commonly manufactured by reacting ethylene gas with metallic catalyst.  Consisting of a single molecular structure allows them to function over a broader temperature range than their mineral based counterparts.  Other advantages to PAO’s are a higher viscosity index, excellent shear stability, low desposit formation and inproved biodegradability.

AMSOIL views Synthetic base oils the same as it views additives, with each having its own set of unique properties.  AMSOIL engineers its lubricants with the synthetic base oil or combination of base oils best suited to a  specific lubricant’s application demands (gasoline, diesel, racing, transmission, gears, extended drain, extreme temperature, etc.   Synthetics give longer service life, less pollutants and definitely less waste in our land fills.


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