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Automotive lubricants  

Choose from our comprehensive line of synthetic base stocks to capture the performance benefits valued by manufacturers and vehicle owners.

Applications and benefits

Use synthetic lubricant base stocks to formulate gear oils that resist breakdown from heat and high-speed operation.

Compared to mineral oil base stocks, benefits include:

  • Better oxidative and thermal stability for long service life
  • Lower pour points for improved operational low temperatures
  • Cleaner equipment, less varnish and sludge
  • Improved fuel efficiency
  • Less in-shop downtime
  • Less oil disposal

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Synthetic lubricants can offer a number of performance benefits in two-stroke engine mixtures for environmentally sensitive applications such as chainsaws, snowmobiles or marine outboard engines. Synthetics may also allow for leaner burn ratios, which can increase engine power output. Synthetic lubricants formulated with Esterex™ esters offer improved protection compared to mineral oils, providing enhanced lubricity and clean burn to prevent carbon buildup.

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Synthetic oils are preferred in four-stroke engine oil for their ability to improve cold-start performance and their good low-temperature flow characteristics in the most severe winter conditions. Using SpectraSyn™ Lo Vis PAO improves both power and performance by reducing friction and wear and also provides high-temperature stability for reliable performance and improved oil quality.

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    High-performance metallocene polyalphaolefin

    SpectraSyn Elite™ metallocene polyalphaolefin (mPAO) base stock is a high-performance, high-viscosity (Hi Vis) polyalphaolefin (PAO) available in three grades – 300, 150 and 65 cSt at 100°C.

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    High viscosity polyalphaolefins

    SpectraSyn™ Hi Vis PAO is used to increase base stock viscosity and upgrade lubricant quality with blend components especially suited for industrial oils requiring high stability under harsh operating conditions.

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    Low viscosity polyalphaolefins

    SpectraSyn™ Low Vis PAO is used for upgrading mineral oil base stocks and creating a variety of synthetic and synthetic-blend lubricants.

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    Polyalphaolefin plus

    SpectraSyn Plus™ PAO is an advanced low-viscosity synthetic fluid that sets a benchmark for low volatility and low-temperature fluidity to produce more advanced lubricants.

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    Alkylated naphthalene

    Synesstic™ AN is a synthetic base stock for step-out hydrolytic and thermo-oxidative stability. As a blend component with PAO or mineral oils, Synesstic AN can extend the performance of your lubricant.

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    Esterex™ esters add enhanced lubricating properties along with low volatility and good solubility characteristics to your engine and industrial lubricant applications.

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    Whitepaper: Why sacrifice wear protection for energy efficiency?

    Energy efficiency study in industrial gear oils with SpectraSyn Elite™ mPAO

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    Synthetic lubricant base stocks formulation guide

    This convenient reference guide can provide a head start in helping you make the best choice of base stocks for a variety of lubricant applications.

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    ExxonMobil introduces SpectraSyn Elite™ 300 mPAO

    SpectraSyn Elite 300 mPAO offers new performance advantages, along with greater versatility in the formulation of synthetic lubricants

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