“What would happen if you were to use the wrong lubricants in your vehicle? Would there be any significant damage over the short or long term?”
When it comes to automotive oil, people generally think of the engine oil and transmission fluid.
Both of these lubricants have the tasks of reducing friction, cleaning and cooling machine parts. Sometimes, they rely on quality base oils and additives to perform these intended tasks.
This is how, the differences started on, as there is an array of differences in formulation, physical properties, and drain intervals.
Even within these two lubricants, there are different brands, grades, and designations. In short, you need to know what your vehicle requires and what you are purchasing for it.
Transmission fluids vary based on the vehicle manufacturer, transmission type, and operating conditions. The rule is to never mix these fluids, as any incompatibilities could have disastrous side effects on the transmission. Therefore, a short-term damage may include slipping of gears or clutches, while long-term damage could involve catastrophic failure of the transmission.
There are more choices for motor oil than any other lubricant for vehicles in the consumer market. This can lead to confusion regarding what to buy and what your vehicle needs. Too often consumers purchase oil for their car based solely on price. As is the case with most consumer items, you truly get what you pay for.
Viscosity is another most important physical property of a lubricant. Numerous viscosity grades are readily available for motor oils.
A choice of the wrong viscosity grade is a common mismatch of a lubricant to a machine. If it has a viscosity that is too low, a smaller lubricating film will form, which can lead to considerable internal engine wear being produced.
If the lubricant has too high of a viscosity, it may cause starvation of the oil flow and increased drag, which results in a loss of efficiency.
Both of these situations will have adverse effects on the machine in the near and long-term.
Formulation is Important
Another fact, we often overlooked the motor oil’s service designation. We should keep in mind that there are distinct differences in formulation between gasoline and diesel engines.
These differences include the viscosity, base oil, and additive packages. The service designation also reveals whether the oil is formulated for the appropriate year of the engine.
Some oils are being sold, considered to be obsolete and do not protect modern engines. Several lawsuits have been filed over this issue.
While there is no law banning the sale of these oils, it all comes down to awareness by consumers to avoid putting an incorrect lubricant in their vehicles.
The lubricants oil market is one of the rising markets in Bangladesh. Now, many oil marketers are enjoying their lubricants business and more brands are entering this market. However, the market analysis on this industry has outlined few observations in terms of business strategy. Also, it has found the least reporting or proper knowledge on quality lubricating oil. However, These findings are the main reason for lagging behind this oil market.