Start/Stop premature wear

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  1. Simon Miron McGraw

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    as of the Amsoil Blog about start/stop technology :
    The crankshaft spins thousands of times per minute in a running engine. As it spins, oil flows through tiny openings in the crankshaft journals and fills the spaces between the journals and main bearings. The crankshaft literally floats on an oil film and doesn’t contact the bearings, which is called hydrodynamic lubrication. Which means, the bearings suffer little wear and last a long time.

    Stopping the engine, however, reduces oil film thickness. The crankshaft settles onto the bearing surfaces rather than floats over them.

    Should i be concerned about the premature wear ? And should i actually add an oil stabilizer to add a bit more thickness so the film of oil stays longer on the top engine components ?

    2018 Prius C (base) 61,000km
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    I'm in Québec so the summer is really hot and the winter quite cold.
     
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    I also use 0w-20 oil from the dealer itself
     
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    A hybrid car with 100K miles on it if driven in the city is only going to have roughly half the wear on the gas engine because the electric motors handle much of the driving, especially when you need lots of torque. Whereas a hybrid car with 100K miles of freeway driving will have a bit more wear because the engine is running constantly.
     
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    A Prius engine has easier starts than a conventional engine with "start-stop technology".

    The Prius engine gets spun, by the powertrain, right up to full operating speed, operating the oil pump, all before the ECM starts supplying fuel and spark and putting that pressure on the bearings. It doesn't live a very hard life.
     
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    Before the ICE starts in the Prius, MG1 rotates it so oil lubricates it.

    There is no need to worry about this in the Prius C, it has proven that this is not an issue.
     
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    how to explain prius engines with hundreds of thousands of miles?(n)
     
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    You have the right concern. The film that separates the matching surfaces in a hydrodynamic lubrication system is a function of the contact load, relative velocity, lubricant viscosity, and surface roughness. At the moment of a start, this film is not established yet. Instead, the protection to the matching surfaces is provided by oil film adhered to the surfaces from previous operation, forming a boundary lubrication. Damage can and does occur at starts. In addition to the crankshaft, this happens on many other surfaces in a car. On the other hand, load is typically small at start (unless the engine is raced at the start). An appropriately designed engine has taken all the factors into consideration, and, hopefully, ensures the maching surfaces last as long as (or longer than) other parts of the car.

    In the lifetime of Prius, it does have many more start-stop's than in a conventional car, but it also has a lighter load on the ICE parts when it starts. Field reports show that it is more likely to have other major issues before this becomes a major problem. Don't worry about the start-stop cycles, but do use the right oil, and change it regularly.
     
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