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What is the boiling point of motor oil?

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The boiling point of motor oil is very high, about 572 degrees Fahrenheit. This property is due to its molecular structure.

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What is the boiling point of motor oil?
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Most motor oils have long carbon chains of 36 carbon atoms, which gives the oil its high boiling point. Since motor vehicle engines are subject to a wide range of conditions, it is necessary for lubricating oils to remain stable in liquid form across a wide temperature range. The molecules are non-polar, meaning they do not carry either a negative or a positive charge. Combined with the amount of variation between the various hydrocarbons, it means that motor oil does not freeze.

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