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02/08/2017
This post can help you understand the components of racing oil and how these affect your engine's performance in different scenarios on the track or on the road.

Understand the Importance of Racing Oil Components

If you're looking forward to taking your car out on the race track, be sure you first understand how to choose the right oil for your racing engine. Not all racing oils are the same, so it's best to understand the components and how these can differ depending on a few factors.

Components of Racing Oil

There are many components that go into creating a racing oil. While all oils contain these features, the different ways they're included can affect the end result. To choose the best oil for your engine, fist understand what your engine needs and then look for an oil that meets these needs best.

Oil Additives

All oils come with additives mixed in with the purpose of providing superior protection, cleanliness, reduced strain, and even added horsepower. The additives oils contain and the amount they have can vary depending on the brand of the oil and what the oil is made for. Although your street oil may contain additives that sound like they'll keep your engine protected during a race, don't be fooled into using a street oil on the track and vice versa. A clear example of why this won't work is the additive commonly known as ZDDP. This additive is included in oils because of the barrier it creates between moving metal parts. While it's present in street oils and racing oils, street oils have much less of it. This is mainly due to the fact that it can cause damage to the catalytic converter and oxygen sensors over time. Before choosing an oil for the track, really look into what additives it has and decide if these meet your engine's needs. Avoid trying to mix in extra additives since this can actually upset your oil's balance and cause more damage than good. Don't take your car onto the track before first giving it a synthetic oil change! For help finding the perfect synthetic racing oilcontact the experts at Advanced Filtration Technologies, Inc. Contact them at (701) 572- 3780 for more information about their full range of products.

Viscosity Index

Viscosity can be tough for many car owners to understand, especially if they're not very interested in knowing how their vehicle works. In very basic terms, when an oil's viscosity is quite low it means the oil is thinner or more runny. A higher viscosity means the oil is thicker and may flow a bit slower as a result. While most engines won't suffer too many issues if the oil's viscosity is very slightly off, veering too far from the correct viscosity can lower your engine's performance and reduce the protection it's given. When it comes to racing oils, the viscosity your engine needs will depend on a a few factors, including how tight the bearings are and the type of race you're participating in. In most cases, thinner oil may be preferred for shorter races, like drag races. This is because drag races are shorter and push your engine to perform at maximum after a cold start. A thinner oil will be better able to lubricate parts quickly after taking off. During a longer race, you may benefit from a thicker oil because of the endurance involved and the amount of heat produced under the hood. A multi-viscosity oil is ideal because it provides adequate protection during cold starts but also provides great lubrication while working under standard or hot operating temperatures. Because there are so many options in the market, it's important that you understand what your vehicle needs in order to make the best choice.

High Temperatures

High temperatures under the hood don't only affect your oil's viscosity, they can also cause your oil to evaporate. It's important to keep in mind that oil oxidation is more common with conventional oils when compared to synthetic oils. Although synthetic street oils are better equipped to handle higher temperatures, they aren't necessarily a good choice for your racing engine. The high temperatures your engine performs under is just one of the many characteristics your oil has to deal with while racing. Instead of trying to force a street oil to cover your racing needs, it's best to look for a synthetic racing oil that is equipped to take on the job more effectively. Be sure to look for even more tips that can help you understand your racing oil and make the best choice for your engine.

The Best Synthetic Oil Change in Williston

Before taking your car out for a race, be sure to fill it up with a proper synthetic racing oil in Williston. For help finding the right synthetic racing oil for your engine, contact Advanced Filtration Technologies, Inc. at (701) 572- 3780. Their experts can help recommend products like AMSOIL's DOMINATOR® 5W-20 Racing Oil, which is designed to handle elevated rpm and high temperatures. Don't forget to stop by their online shop for a full range of AMSOIL Oil products.
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