Quaker State Ultimate Durability Vs Valvoline Advanced and High Mileage

Both competitors are synthetic engine oils prepared from base oil (group IV) and performance improving additives. Quaker focuses more on the deposit cleaning process while Valvoline is formulated to deliver high level of performance.

Quaker State Ultimate Durability provides outstanding engine wear protection since it contains heat activated anti-wear additives and viscosity improvers. The moment engine gets heated up; they would come into action to provide oil film between moving components to overcome the friction. It also provides improved deposit cleaning and fuel economy. It is compatible with hybrid vehicles and biofuels.

Valvoline Advanced is especially made for hard working vehicles in resilient driving conditions. It provides ultimate wear protection and quick start up in cold weather conditions. It resists oil break down in severe environment conditions with the help of superior antioxidants.

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Valvoline High mileage is especially formulated for high mileage engines with odometer reading of more than 75000 miles. Its premium seal conditioners allows it to avoid any kind of seepage in the engine, hence prolonging the life of seals. Its sludge cleaning and anti-wear ability is also phenomenal.

SpecificationsAdvancedUltimate DurabilityHigh Mileage
Engine CategoryGasolineBiofuels and GasolineGasoline
Oil CategorySyntheticSyntheticSynthetic
Viscosity GradesSAE 5W-30, 0W-16, 0W-40, 10W-30, 5W-20SAE 0W-20,  5W-20,  5W-30,  10W-30,  5W-40SAE 0W-20,  5W-20,  5W-30,  10W-30
ILSAC StandardGF6AGF5GF6A
ACEAA3/B4A5/B5A3/B4
APISPSNSP
Cost of 1 Quart (5W-30)7.28$7.39 $7.28$
AdditivesSuperior Antioxidants, Anti-wear Additives, and extra engine-cleaning detergentsAnti-wear additives, Heat-Activated Viscosity Improvers, Heat-activated friction modifier, Cleaning detergents  and Anti-oxidantsFriction-fighting Agents, Enhanced wear additives, Interior-cleansing Detergents and Premium Seal Conditioners 
Oil change interval3,000-4,000 miles6,000 to 8,000 miles8,000-10,000 miles

Reducing Engine Wear-Off

Zinc, boron, molybdenum and phosphorous are popular anti-wear additives in the industry. Their concentration in an engine will define its wear protecting ability.

By analyzing the tested results given below, we can conclude that Quaker contains high amount of collective anti-wear additives. And High Mileage would be least favorable option in terms of protection since it contains least amount of anti-wear additives than both of its competitors.

AdditiveQuantity in Ultimate Durability 5W-30Quantity in Advanced 5W-30Quantity in High Mileage 5W-30
Phosphorous, ppm751645778
Zinc, ppm850713835
Boron, ppm4806
Molybdenum, ppm2522292

Viscosity Comparison

Kinematic Viscosity can be defined as the resistance of liquid to flow divided by its density at a certain temperature. High Mileage is more resistant to flow at medium and high temperature than its competitor.

Viscosity index is unit less ratio which determines the effect of temperature on viscosity of a liquid. The lower the viscosity index, the more change will occur in the viscosity of a liquid due to temperature change. By that rule, we can clearly state that Quaker will get comparatively low impact of temperature change in its viscosity. While the viscosity of other two contenders will be affected the same.

Below a certain temperature, every liquid loses its ability to flow and that is known as the pour point. Pour point value of the Quaker is lowest among the three contenders so it would be a superior choice in cold weather environments. Advanced and High Mileage, both have the same value of pour point so they would lose their flowing ability at the same time in cold weather.

Parameter Ultimate Durability 5W-30Advanced 5W-30High Mileage 5W-30
Viscosity Index178162162
Kinematic Viscosity @ 40o C60cSt61cSt65cSt
Kinematic Viscosity @ 100o C10.8cSt10.5cSt11cSt
Pour Point, o C-42-36-36

Effect on the performance of catalytic converter

 Phosphorous and zinc are both anti-wear additives which helps in reducing the resistance between moving components of an engine. But their disadvantage is that during high-temperature conditions, they form ash that affects the efficient of catalytic convertor. Their concentration in an engine oil is directly proportional to the concentration of ash formation.

By examining the tested data given below, we can clearly conclude that Advanced is the safest option among the contenders since it has the least amount of zinc & phosphorous in it. The remaining two contenders have almost the same quantity of phosphorus and zinc in them.   

Engine OilQuantity of Phosphorous  (ppm)Quantity of Zinc (ppm)
Valvoline Advanced 5W-30645713
Ultimate Durability 5W-30751850
Valvoline High Mileage 5W-30778835

Reducing Sludge build up

Sludge formation occurs due to the breakdown of base oil, at high temperature conditions, and its chemical reaction with either moisture, coolant gases or metallic parts of the engine. Calcium, magnesium, and sodium are mostly added into lubricants as cleaning detergents. Their quantity in an engine oil determines its cleansing ability.

It is obvious from the tested data given below that Quaker contains high concentration of calcium in it, as its main cleaning agent, and surpasses its competitors in this competition. The second in line would be High Mileage since its magnesium concentration is pretty much higher than Advanced. The least favorable choice here would be Advanced.

AdditiveQuantity in Ultimate Durability 5W-30Quantity in Advanced 5W-30Quantity in High Mileage 5W-30
 Sodium, ppm591
Magnesium, ppm8593      823
Calcium, ppm226812261157

Protecting Oil Burn-off

Volatility defines how easily a liquid gets evaporated, and flash point defines the certain temperature above which the liquid vapors would burn up upon providing ignition. By observing the tested result given below, we can see that Advanced would burn up quickly than its contenders. While the Quaker would be the best choice in hot atmosphere since its flash point is relatively higher than its rivals.

Parameter  Ultimate Durability 5W-30Advanced 5W-30High Mileage 5W-30
Flash Point, o C237193201

Oil Drainage Frequency Comparison

Due to combustion, oxidation and other chemical reactions that occur inside an engine, many types of acids get formed which are injurious for the engine’s health and performance. Many additives in an oil are alkaline-based solely for the purpose of neutralizing these acids. But which lubricant would neutralize more acids depends upon its Total Base Number (TBN). And once an engine oil runs out its neutralizing ability, it is needed to be replaced and hence we see a direct relationship between TBN and oil change interval.

By the tested data given below, it is obvious that Advanced will be replaced soon and its oil drainage frequency will be much higher since its TBN is much lower than its competitors. While the High Mileage would have the least oil changing frequency.

ParameterHigh Mileage 5W-30 Ultimate Durability 5W-30Advanced 5W-30
TBN, mg KOH/g8.367.992.1

Price Comparison

The price of single quart of Ultimate Durability Motor Oil (5W-30) is 7.39 $. Cost of 1 quart of both, High Mileage and Advanced SAE 5W-30 Motor Oil is 7.28$. Quaker is slightly expensive because of its high anti-wear and deposit cleaning ability.

Summary

  • All the contenders are full synthetic and made from group IV base oil.
  • Advanced would impact little harm to catalytic convertor.
  • Quaker will provide superior cleansing than its opponents.
  • In hot environment, the trend for oils getting burn up will be Advanced > High Mileage > Quaker. Meaning that Quaker would be optimum option in high temperature.
  • Quaker contains more anti-wear additives in it than its competitors and the least safe option would be High Mileage.
  • The viscosity of Quaker will be less effected due to temperature change.
  • Oil change frequency of High Mileage will be lower than its opponents.