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Old 05-26-2004, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Virgin Oil Analysis: Valvoline Synthetic Maxlife

Valvoline Synthetic Maxlife 10w30 Blackstone Lab test results.

Blackstone Labs:

This samples shows 2ppm of iron, which could possibly be from corrosion in a storage or transfer tank or other handling equipment. This is a common find in virgin oil and not a problem. The TBN was strong at 10.2. TBN readings usually start out arounf 10 to 12 and decline as the oil is used, showing that the additives are being depleted. If the oil is run for a long extended use, the TBN can get down to 1.0 or lower, which is considered a low reading. Molybdenum is an anti-wear additive, same for zine and phosphorus. Calcium is a detergent/dispersant additive.

Iron: 2
Molybdenum: 192
Calcium 2797
Boron: 5
Silicon: 5
Sodium: 1
Magnesium: 7
Phosphorus: 634
Zinc: 753

SUS Viscosity @ 210F: 64.6 [High end of SAE 30w oil range]

Flashpoint: 430F

Fuel/Antifreeze/water/insolubles: 0 (as expected)


Well, the Valvoline Synthetic Maxlife is very similar to my UOA of Castrol GTX Highmilage 5w30. Aside from the fact that the Castrol had a significantly lower flash point (390F)...

Going solely by flashpoint, I'd have to say that this oil appears to actually be a synthetic base (POA or Ester), or have some REALLY good additives to prevent burning.
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UPDATE:

After finding the MSDS for the product... Valvoline "Synthetic" Maxlife is NOT a true synthetic oil. It's very similar to normal Maxlife and based on a Group III basestock, not a PAO or Ester base.
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UPDATE:

After finding the MSDS for the product... Valvoline "Synthetic" Maxlife is NOT a true synthetic oil. It's very similar to normal Maxlife and based on a Group III basestock, not a PAO or Ester base.
I'm glad you posted this. I am currently in a discussion with my oil analysis expert (Terry Dyson @bobistheoilguy) on how to deal with the oil burning. His suggestion is to stop running Amsoil and run the Maxlife or the GTX Highmileage for 5k miles and see how I do. I am currently trying to decide whether to go with the Valvoline or Castrol. I would rather go with the oil that burns the least.

I use additives that are reccomended on bobistheoilguy. I use Schaeffers #132 Moly and Lube Control, which are freakin awesome. The good news is that I can add these to a mediorcre oil to make it a good performer. I just need to pick which oil to start with.

Do you have any input?
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UPDATE:

After finding the MSDS for the product... Valvoline "Synthetic" Maxlife is NOT a true synthetic oil. It's very similar to normal Maxlife and based on a Group III basestock, not a PAO or Ester base.
That is why I stopped using the "SynPower" although, otherwise, it is an exellent oil. My dad just switched to it for all his cars.
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so using the dino maxlife would be just as good? and cheaper?
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I'm sure the flashpoint on the 'synthetic' is better than the regular, so it should be more resistant to burning.
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