MONTREAL, QC – If you’re like the average automobile consumer, one of the last things you think about is “How clean are my pistons?” Most drivers more happy just to have some oil in their engine or air in their tires. At least you see your tires when you look at your car. Who sees or cares about the oil?
Well it turns out that the folks at Pennzoil care very much about oil and for very good reasons too. Quality lubricating oil is the least expensive maintenance product you can purchase for your car. You may ask yourself, “Why do I need to use high quality oil in my old banger?”
For exactly the reason you’re driving an old banger, because you don’t have any spare cash to waste! Listen up… Ferrari now specifies Penzoil Ultra Synthetic as their OEM spec lubricant. Why? Because it not only meets the strictest standards in the auto industry, it exceeds them. This oil can actually clean your engine from the inside and you can see the difference with your own eyes.
Pennzoil Ultra motor oil became a reality through the incredibly high standard set by the Pennzoil brand and delivered by Shell Lubricants technology teams around the world. Years of efforts resulted in a Pennzoil Ultra formulation that helps to keep engines as close to factory clean as possible, and also far exceeds the most stringent car manufacturer standards for cleanliness and protection – going beyond just lubricating and protecting an engine.
“At Pennzoil, we recognized that an engine is in its most perfect state the day it leaves the factory,” said Pennzoil Global Brand Manager Debbie Van Schalkwyk. “That’s why we developed new Pennzoil Ultra motor oil molecule by molecule to seek out and dissolve contaminants safely into the oil before they form deposits or corrode the engine. We are very proud to be able to state that ‘Nothing keeps an engine closer to factory clean than new Pennzoil Ultra .’”
Today’s auto manufacturers develop and build engines in clean facilities to prevent dust, debris or moisture that could hinder performance or longevity from getting inside the engine. To continue to operate at its best, it is vital that the engine remains clean.
Think of this for a moment. For every litre of gasoline burned, an engine produces carbon, soot, unburned fuel, partly burned fuel, corrosive acids and water. These byproducts can contaminate the engine oil and lead to sludge, varnish and other engine deposits, which can reduce performance and damage the engine if allowed to build up. Engine and oil experts recognize that cleaner engines are better protected, more efficient and better performing.
Today’s engines are much more complex and sophisticated than their counterparts of just a few years ago. They are smaller, yet they generate more power, often via turbocharging or supercharging, so they run hotter. They feature far tighter tolerances, and in many cases they boast alternative technologies, like hybrid, diesel or biofuel. Every engine today is expected to provide better performance and higher fuel economy while generating lower tailpipe emissions than did a comparable engine of just a few years ago. These changes put greater stress on the motor oil.
“As motor oil developers, we are seeing more and more engines with sludge and varnish, which can compromise performance and reduce efficiency,” said Dr. Robert Sutherland, Pennzoil Technology Manager. “If left unchecked, deposits on critical surfaces can restrict oil flow or act as insulators that can cause the temperature inside of an engine to rise to a point where damage may result. Maintaining engine cleanliness should be a priority for all vehicle owners to best protect the substantial investment they have in their vehicle.”
How Motor Oil Helps Keep Engines Running Clean
All engines generate dirt, and now more than ever, having a clean engine is important. However, maintaining a clean engine can be a daunting task. For every ten gallons of gasoline burned in an engine, nine to twelve gallons of water, up to one gallon of unburned gasoline and nearly one pound of soot, carbon, varnish, and sulfuric and nitric acids are produced. A measurable percentage of these by-products end up in motor oil.
Auto manufacturers like Ferrari and motorsports teams like Richard Childress Racing understand the role motor oil plays in keeping an engine running clean. Premium quality motor oil such as the new Pennzoil Ultra™ motor oil will maintain its effectiveness over the life of the oil drain, allowing it to help keep the engine clean. Here are some ways that premium quality motor oils help keep an engine clean:
• Properly functioning engine oils help enhance fuel economy, prevent sludge and varnish deposits, and properly maintain low-temperature pumpability.
• Additive packages are added to motor oil and play a key role in helping to keep an engine clean and protected from varnish and sludge, as well as wear and corrosion from heat and acids.
• Additives consist of anti-wear agents, friction modifiers, dispersants, detergents, viscosity index improvers, antioxidants and others.
• Anti-wear additives lay down a protective, sacrificial film between moving parts and also help stop oxidation of motor oil.
• Dispersants grab dirt and contaminants before they form deposits during engine operation, holding them in suspension and preventing them from depositing on engine parts.
• Detergents help keep high-temperature surfaces such as pistons clean. Changing motor oil at proper intervals will help to prevent ring sticking and piston deposits.
• Viscosity index improvers are chemical additives that are added to motor oil to ensure proper oil viscosity at extreme cold and hot operating conditions, enabling the development of multi-grade oils such as SAE 5W-20.
• Friction modifiers help to reduce friction in critical areas of the engine, thus enhancing the vehicle’s fuel economy.
• Anti-oxidants stop oil oxidation to help keep the oil from becoming too thick.
For motorists who expect to maintain a clean engine, the new Pennzoil Ultra™ motor oil with Hyper Cleansing Technology™ additive helps seek out and dissolve contaminants safely into the oil before they form deposits in the engine.
In fact, no other motor oil helps keep your engine closer to factory clean than Pennzoil Ultra™ motor oil (based on our Sequence VG sludge test using SAE 5W-30). Pennzoil Ultra™ motor oil cleans out up to 35 percent more engine sludge than the next best Pennzoil full synthetic oil.
The oil also helps to prevent the build-up of sludge, damaging deposits, corrosion and engine wear, and provides oil stability and endurance under extreme conditions (heat, load and speed) for protection against viscosity and thermal breakdown.
Pennzoil Ultra™ motor oil is made from an advanced proprietary synthetic formula, with Hyper Cleansing Technology™ additive designed to far exceed most car manufacturers’ most stringent standards for cleanliness*; no other motor oil helps keep your engine closer to factory clean.
The oil also offers proven protection for critical engine parts, as well as overall lubrication and wear protection covering all driving styles. Pennzoil Ultra™ motor oil helps protect emissions systems, and is compatible with engine seals, other synthetic oils and all conventional oils.
*Based on GF-4, Ford, Chrysler, GM and Ferrari specifications