Does your car randomly grind to a halt? Does your vehicle make annoying noises as you drive? It might be an issue related to lubricants used or even misused.
This in-depth guide to lubricants from Petro Canada that will ensure you lead a “smooth” life when taking the wheel of your automobile.
About Petro Canada Lubricants
As recognized market-leaders in the field of lubricants, Petro Canada has spent more than 40 years researching, developing, and manufacturing numerous top-tier products that are used in industries such as transportation, construction, agriculture, and more.
The company works to produce the finest quality of base oils. Through the HT Purity Process, sparkling base oils are extracted with 99.9% purity. After this stage, unique ingredients are added, resulting in high-performing lubricants with an exceptional ability to protect machinery.
Whatever Petro Canada is working on, they strive to achieve these 3 goals:
- Decrease the downtime of machinery
- Bring down maintenance costs to encourage savings
- Amplify productivity.
Types of Lubricants
Are you now asking yourself? ‘Aren’t lubricants used to minimize friction between surfaces and reduce wear and tear? Considering how simple their use is supposed to be, why are there so many types of lubricants?’
Below are the 4 most popular types of lubricants out there, along with details about what they offer and what to use them for.
Uses for Oils
Composed of ongoing polymer chains, oils are thin liquids enhanced with additives to bring out superior properties. To make it simpler, here are some examples.
When antioxidants are submerged in oil, it keeps the oil from oxidizing. Adding corrosion inhibitors to oil makes the oil-resistant to corroding equipment parts. The inclusion of detergents in oils inhibits the settling of deposits. All these 'added' properties help oils to act as a lubricant.
Have you ever wondered why getting rid of oil, whenever it makes contact a surface, is so difficult? Well, it’s because these extended chains of polymers are difficult to squeeze out–a common trait that makes it a notoriously slippery barrier.
Oils vary according to their weights, which in turn determines their viscosity. The less viscous or heavier the oil, the thinner it is. Thin oils are less problematic when compared to thick ones.
You can use oils when:
- You don’t want to break open and potentially damage parts and squeeze in lubrication through narrow spaces
- You want lubrication without the force of resistance.
Do not use oils when:
- The parts that need lubricating are likely to encounter dust or dirt, resulting in added friction not less, due to dirt clumping
- You have parts that need to stay clean because oils are runny liquids that will escape the moment they see an opportunity
- The parts being lubricated are in contact with water: the oil will wash away.
Some standard oils are used as a lubricant is in hinges, bearings, maintenance of tools, or restoration of blade sharpness.
The Case for Grease
Generally, grease has a consistency thicker than oils due to the mixing of oils with thickeners (like lithium-based soaps). Grease-like substances are further developed by incorporating lubricating particles like graphite.
In simple terms, greasers are a combination of lubrication via the oil and thickness that sticks better onto parts. They are a win-win (depending on usage, of course).
Due to their added thickness, grease is a widely known barrier that shield parts from potential pollutants that damage the surface. However, this thickness feature can sometimes render grease troublesome as it can increase resistance in the nook and crannies (hard to reach crevices) of swift mechanisms.
You can use grease when:
- You require a lubricant that adheres firmly to parts
- You want to keep clear of exterior particles like water or dirt
- The machine is usually kept away and rarely used.
Do not grease when:
- The mechanism of the machine is swift, and grease would hinder movement
- You want your surface clean and dry: grease-like substances are really sticky.
Some common uses of grease as a lubricant are in gears, bearings, chains, or linkages.
Penetrating Oils as a Lubricant
Penetrating oil is a unique lubricant. They can get into stuck-bolt combatants and clear out years of accumulated rust or dirt. If you ask a mechanic, they are likely to provide you with a similar definition.
Penetrating lubricants are low-viscosity oils specially formulated to serve the role of penetrating narrow openings between surfaces. They instantly lubricate them and relieve them of the rust build-up.
You can use penetrating lubricants when:
- You need to rid your equipment of years of debris in a matter of minutes.
Do not use penetrating lubricates when:
- You need your lubrication to last for a longer period of time.
Have you ever sprayed a liquid mixture to relieve creaking door hinges? It’s very likely that the product is a dry lubricant.
Dry lubricants usually come in spray form after they are combined with water, alcohol, and other solvents. Such solvents are volatile and they escape into the air leaving a uniform layer of lubrication.
Composed of lubricating agents like graphite, silicone, or PTFE, dry lubricants work to form a slippery barrier between surfaces to inhibit friction.
You can use dry lubricants when:
- You want to lubricate small surfaces without making them greasy
- You want to avoid attracting debris or contaminants
- The parts that need lubrication are in constant contact with high pressure or heat, which tend to oxidize oil or grease.
Do not use dry lubricants when:
- The parts are in contact with other solvents that may slide off the lubricant.
Some common uses of dry lubricants are in locks, threaded rods, or 3D printer rails.
Petro Canada formulates the purest and finest lubricants available today which should make your search for these lubricants an easy one. Here, we offer up some guidance and information on some of their most popular categories of lubricants.
Why Do Automobiles Need Engine Oils?
Automobiles use oils to strengthen the engine and ensure swift and smooth functioning. The reason why so much emphasis is placed on drivers topping up oil levels is that replacing or repairing parts of an engine is expensive.
The engine of an automobile is a complex puzzle of sliding parts in constant contact with one another at high speeds. Such intense speeds can generate enormous amounts of heat and friction, sometimes leading to the melting and fusing of these parts. It only takes one part to change shape for the entire engine to break down.
This is where oiling and the correct lubricant comes in to save the engine by minimizing friction.
Uses of Engine Oils
Extends the life of an engine
Wear and tear of the engine are inevitable due to the constant engagement of parts. However, you can delay this onset and minimize parts' disintegration through the use of top quality engine oil. A good quality engine oil such as the one made by Petro Canada can alone get you an extra life of around 100,000kms.
A longer running engine will subsequently result in fewer repairs and maintenance. However, this is only possible if you choose your oil wisely. Don’t opt for saving money by buying a low-quality oil as the outcome is more likely to be a mound of repair expenses.
Also, a healthy engine will give you a suitable resale price. So, there is no downside to investing in premium oil for a car.
The quality of the oil relates to the performance of a vehicle. High-quality oil can give you greater engine power and more prolonged problem-free running.
Keeps heat from accumulating
Lubricating oils help carry heat away from the surface they are used on to prevent overheating of the engine. A good quality engine oil always has a high heat resistance to prevent excessive formation of carbon as a result of internal reactions.
Forms a protective shield
The engine oil forms an enclosed shield between the rings and cylinder walls. Any spaces or holes get filled up by this oil, which traps in all the combustion chamber gases and seals their exit.
How can Petro Canada help when choosing engine oils for your vehicle?
What Does Petro Canada Offer?
Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Oil
Having mastered the production of premium engine oils after decades of research, Petro Canada has made a name for itself with the Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine Oil.
DURON by Petro Canada offers the driving-world a game-changing product. It’s the most effective, high-performing, durable oil line in the engine oil industry.
- Greater durability
- Better performance
- Efficient fuel consumption.
Natural Gas Engine Oils
We’re all aware of the struggles engines powered by natural gas face. Engines commonly used in gas compression or power generation require a Stationary Gas Engine Oil that can combat the harsh working conditions while also keeping the engine alive.
SENTRON by Petro Canada is a Stationary Gas Engine Oil that delivers exceptional performance and clears out any engine deposits. A prolonged engine life, along with supreme lubrication is guaranteed with this product.
How Do Automobiles Use Grease?
Grease is commonly used to coat the wheel bearings and brakes. This not only ensures maximum performance of the wheels and brakes, but it also safeguards the parts of your vehicle from moisture and rust.
Grease tends to adhere firmly on surfaces and for longer durations. So, if you have a truck parked in your garage that you only use when going for a trip, grease may help keep it healthy in between uses.
What Does Petro Canada Offer?
Such grease is formulated to last 3 times more than your regular buy. It not only lasts longer but is suited to a variety of applications. The grease decreases maintenance costs and ensures prolonged protection from an extensive scale of temperatures.
Peerless is made to an exceptional quality and can withstand even the highest of temperatures and stands firm even in wet conditions.
This tough grease can adapt to even the harshest of conditions. From immaculate roads to mining tunnels, this industrial lubricant grease is designed to withstand any challenge. These types of grease will stand their ground over a range of temperatures and environmental situations.
This type of grease is formulated for the lubrication of chain carriers in enamelling ovens, anti-friction bearings in glass manufacture and extreme temperature fan bearings. This line is specifically produced to cater to the problems of lubricant carbonizing by remaining stable even at extreme temperatures and leaving little to no deposit.
PURITY FG Grease
This family of grease has notable sticking power and focuses on prolonging life through more significant heat and oxidation resistance.
Uses of Hydraulic Fluids
The use of hydraulic fluids includes:
The vehicles you drive around depend on a hydraulic fluid in order to come to a halt. Therefore the type of hydraulic fluid used here is highly resistant to heat so it can withstand the heat emitted on braking.
Hydraulic fuels are also major components when it comes to the functioning of cranes, bulldozers, lifts, tractors, and other heavier machinery.
In operations where there is a threat of generating too much heat, hydraulic fluids are often used due to their resistance to fire.
Environmental Protection Processes
Due to being environmentally friendly, hydraulic fluid is used where leakage poses a threat—for example, forestry or off-shore drilling.
What Does Petro Canada Offer?
HYDREX and ENVIRON Hydraulic Fluids by Petro Canada are high-quality lines that are formulated to deliver excellence while protecting parts against wear. They’re both thermal- and oxidation-resistant, along with having the ability to increase drain intervals.
The numbers speak for themselves. Petro Canada hydraulic fluids guarantee:
- 3x amplified life expectancy
- 2x stronger protection against wear
- 5 percent fewer maintenance costs
- 6 percent greater performance and efficiency.
Petro Canada's vast hydraulic fluid line will serve you all year round, through any temperature or weather condition that you throw at them. ENVIRON fluids are specially engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions.
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