In fact, the same base oil used to make motor oils is also used to make stationary turbine engine oils. While a motor oil might live 10,000 miles in a 4 cycle engine, these turbine oils will live more than 10 years! What is the difference? Turbine engines never expose the lubricant to combustion gases. Both internal combustion engines and turbines generate lots of heat, but only internal combustion engines expose the lubricant to combustion blow-by gases. So what does all of this mean? Simply put, your piston rings are your motor oils best friend! Motor oil is the lifeblood, the sole source of lubrication for your motor. The job of the motor oil is a follows:
- Cool the lubricated parts in the engine
- Clean the lubricated parts in the engine
- Protect the lubricated parts in the engine
- Transfer power in the hydraulic parts in the engine
The inside of an engine can be a very dirty space as contaminants are spread throughout the engine by the oil. When the oil reaches a saturation point, it can no longer assist the piston rings in sealing the cylinders.