Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationMaintenance & Repairs · 4 weeks ago

What is the difference between oil and lubricant?

21 Answers

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    In South Carolina, oil, all, awl, and owl are acceptable spellings.  Only "lubricant" is acceptable there.

  • Phil M
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Oil is a type of lubricant. But can not be used in every condition that needs lubrication. Oil can also be used in hydraulic systems where its lubricating properties are only secondary to the system. Typically oil is used in a closed system such as engine crank cases and gear boxes. Some low speed gear boxes such as steering gears are lubricated with thicker grease. Suspension parts and other somewhat exposed friction points use grease because oil would just run off.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Oil is used to refer to the product that is greasy and may be slippery.

    Lubricants are products used to make a surface smoother to allow another to slide through. 

    Some oil can be used as lubricants.

  • 4 weeks ago

    In South Carolina, oil, all, awl, and owl are acceptable spellings.  Only "lubricant" is acceptable there.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Oil is ONE TYPE of lubricant.

    Your question is similar to asking the difference between a sedan and an automobile.

  • F
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    You put oil in your car and lubricant up your ......

  • garry
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    why have i got the feeling a troll wrote the message out !!!

  • 4 weeks ago

    There are lubricants that are not oil:

    Dry film which is brushed on and left to dry, you may have seen this on nuts and bolts you purchased.

    Powder, like graphite or molybdenum.

    Coatings like Teflon.

  • 4 weeks ago

    A lubricant can be grease or a silicon lubricant and oil is oil.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Lubricating Grease

    * Lubricating grease act as a seal against the entrance of dirt and dust.

    * Less expensive

    * Retention time & Stickiness is more than lubricating oil

    * Operating over wider temperature range.

    * Solve the problem of lubrication without corrosion in presence of water.

    Lubricating Oil

    * Lubricating oil does not act as a seal against the foreign particles.

    * Cost is more than lubricating grease

    * Retention time & stickiness is less than lubricating grease

    * Operating temperature range is less than lubricating grease

    * Cannot used in the presence of water.

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