Protecting Your Equipment in Extreme Temperatures
Dec 31, 2018
Extreme temperatures can be brutal to your equipment – especially on moving parts inside the engine. That’s why using a synthetic lubricant is a critical part of protecting the investment you’ve made in your machinery. Synthetic lubricants provide premium protection to your engine, even in the most extreme temperatures.
In hot weather
When in operation, an engine is already hot. Add hot weather to the mix, and suddenly your engine has turned into an oven. This is especially true with newer diesel engines, which, because of their advanced design, can run 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than older-model engines, resulting in a more efficient, “cleaner” burn.
A synthetic lubricant provides enhanced protection to your equipment in the hot summer weather of peak growing season. Without a lube that can take the heat, moving parts inside an engine can experience intense friction. Using a synthetic lubricant is a smart precaution to protect your equipment from added wear caused by oxidization and engine sludge.
So what makes synthetic lubes resilient even in scorching temperatures? The answer lies underneath the microscope. The molecules that make up a synthetic lubricant’s base oil are engineered to be consistent in shape and size. This uniformity, down to a microscopic level, means that synthetic lubes run cooler and resist oxidation longer—because they are tailor-made to perform better.
In cold weather
Chilly weather can also be detrimental to your machinery. When it’s cold, the oil you put in your equipment can run thicker, keeping it from moving smoothly throughout your engine. And when it comes to your hydraulic system, thickened oil can cause cold parts to be slow and jerky. A synthetic lubricant, though, keeps its viscosity even in frigid temperatures, avoiding damaging metal-on-metal friction.
Why are synthetics so good at keeping their viscosity in the cold? High-grade synthetics like MAXTRON® ENVIRO-EDGE® FULL-SYNTHETIC DIESEL ENGINE OIL are formulated to remove paraffin wax, a naturally occurring part of crude oil. By removing this wax, synthetic lubes are far less susceptible to thickening.
At both ends of the thermometer, extreme temperatures can take a toll on your equipment. Using a synthetic lube, though, can protect your assets no matter what the weather is outside. To learn about the best product for your operation, reach out to YOUR LOCAL CENEX DEALER.