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Synthetic Lubricant

A lubricant is a compound used to reduce friction between moving surfaces such as those found in motors, engines, shafts, gears and other mechanical connections. While some lubricants may be natural, such as water, others are man-made, or synthetic. Synthetic lubricants combine multiple chemicals into a compound that delivers superior performance. For example, synthetic oils are produced with chemical additives to improve lubrication, increase resistance to heat breakdown, and increase the effectiveness of the oil for a longer period of time.