Why Engine Lubrication?
You may never have heard of Henry Jamison ‘Jam’ Handy, but almost a century before TV producer Matthew Weiner conjured up the fictional persona of ad man Don Draper, Jam Handy was inventing and shaping the way Americans bought and sold consumer goods, particularly cars. Along the way, he also shaped the way we learn about the world and how we see ourselves in it.
In today’s video, “Riding the Film,” it is explained engine lubrication starting from the very basics—why oil works better than water to allow two surfaces to slide against each other. With stone-simple visual demonstrations and that delightfully old-timey Handy voice-over, this film has all of the things we’ve come to love about Jam Handy’s work. Lubrication plays a key role in the life expectancy of an engine. Without oil, an engine would succumb to overheating and seizing very quickly. Lubricants help mitigate this problem, and if properly monitored and maintained, can extend the life of your motor. The lubrication system, hasn’t really changed in the past 80 years. It’s all about the even distribution of an adequate amount of clean oil.
To appreciate the full impact of the engine lubrication process, you must understand how oils are formulated. All engine oils have two components: additives and base oil. The total volume of additives in motor oil can range from 20 to 30 percent, depending on brand, formulation and application. These additives can enhance, suppress or add properties to the base oil.
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When it comes to engines, the same principles of lubrication apply. The lubricating film must be maintained to ensure proper operating conditions and to achieve the maximum life of the engine’s components.