How Mobil 1™ protects against engine wear and oil breakdown
Mobil 1 motor oil properties
When it comes to performance and protection, the chemistry in the bottle really does make a difference.
Our formulators have designed a unique lubricant to provide exceptional protection against wear. Mobil 1 oil outperforms our Mobil Super™ synthetic blend and synthetic products. How?
The molecules in Mobil 1 advanced full synthetic motor oil are created to be consistent in size, unlike conventional oils. This makes them better at reducing friction in your engine.
Simply put, less internal friction helps your engine last longer.
The engineers in our research center have carefully selected additives to complement the best base stocks – and this formulation enables our Mobil 1 oil to resist breakdown to continue protecting your vehicle’s critical engine parts from wear. How?
The fluid properties of the Mobil 1 synthetic base oils keep critical engine parts separated at a much wider range of operating conditions than conventional products.
Real-life field testing
To prove the protection of our oils, we test in real situations – and under some of the harshest conditions.
We tested Mobil 1™ in Las Vegas taxis, where engines are pushed to the limit with high temperatures, lots of miles and around-the-clock hours of stop-and-start traffic – all in a hot, dusty environment. Watch as a Chevy Impala engine with 120,079 miles was disassembled with the cameras rolling at the Lucky Cab Company to document conditions using Mobil 1 synthetic oil.
High standards to help minimize engine wear
Motor oil contributes to an engine's performance in many ways. One is the ability to control wear. Automakers establish limits or standards that oils must meet in order to be approved for use. In the U.S., the current industry performance standard from the International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) is known as ILSAC GF-5, and it consists of a series of tests that focus on key engine oil benefits, including:
- Wear protection
- Extreme temperature performance
- Engine cleanliness
- Emission system protection
- Fuel economy
The ILSAC GF-5 industry standard is designed to provide excellent engine protection for new vehicles that require this level of performance.
In testing for wear, an engine lubricated by Mobil 1 synthetic oil exhibited wear (as seen in charts below) that is far below the industry standards.
How does Mobil 1 help protect your engine?
Here’s what the technology in Mobil 1 does to protect against engine wear and breakdown:
- Neutralizes harmful acids to protect critical engine parts, so your vehicle exhibits strong performance over a long period of time
- Maintains excellent viscosity control to provide powerful protection even in low and high temperatures
- Provides exceptional protection and durability to help keep engine parts clean, trap harmful particulates and maintain a robust anti-wear film