Hybrid vehicles are being seen more and more on our highways and side roads these days. And why not? Great fuel economy, reduced carbon footprint, and an increasing selection of vehicles to choose from. One of the features of many hybrid vehicles is Start/Stop technology. Simply put, when the vehicle is stopped at an intersection, stop light, or for any other reason, the gas engine is shut down, thus saving fuel, and consequently, the environment. When the driver releases the brake pedal and steps on the gas, the engine starts and off you go. Great idea, almost like magic, but as I’ve mentioned before, and quoted from a popular TV show; “All magic comes with a price.” In this case it’s wear & tear on the gas engine.
The most wear to an internal combustion engine occurs at start up. In a conventional gas vehicle, the engine is started, and runs until the driver shuts it down, usually at the conclusion of a trip. So let’s say you’re going to the mall in your conventional gas car. One start up to get there, one more to get home. Let’s say you make the same trip in a hybrid. One start up to leave, multiple start ups for every stop sign, traffic light, left turn, etc. until you return home. This increases wear on the little engine that could. This means that the oil that is protecting the engine needs to be able to withstand this kind of torture and still do its job. To use anything other than a top-tier synthetic is inviting an early visit to your local dealer or mechanic for major engine work. There are several quality products on the market that can do the job, but AMSOIL SIGNATURE SERIES MOTOR OIL is the top-tier product that provides superior protection for the little engine that could. Certainly food for thought as you’re sitting in the silence, in your hybrid, at a stop light. For more information about AMSOIL products visit http://www.clearlube.com or visit the Amsoil Online Store. Your comments are always welcome.