What is with all the hype behind synthetic oil? Does it really enhance engine performance and prolong the car’s life? We’ll explain how synthetic oil is made and whether it’s really superior to conventional motor oil.
Synthetic oil is a lubricant made from artificial chemical compounds. This is different from regular motor oil, which is normally derived from crude oil. The synthetic variety is produced by altering the compounds of conventional motor oil or other naturally-occurring raw materials.
Synthetic oil is thinner and more adept at resisting temperature extremes. You may not notice an improvement in your car’s performance, but it certainly helps reduce oil degradation, thereby reducing engine wear.
Synthetic oil also doesn’t break down as quickly as conventional motor oil. This may increase intervals between oil changes. The age-old wisdom is to change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. However, synthetic oil may be able to extend that interval anywhere from 7,500 to 15,000 miles depending on the model. For other cars, the typical 3,000 to 5,000 miles may still apply.
Also, keep in mind that some vehicles, particularly German models, require synthetic oil. In any case, an auto service will determine which oil type and change interval are optimum. They determine this base on your car model, driving frequency and conditions.
Our auto repair team cautions against synthetic oil blends. Most of these don’t list the ratio of synthetic to regular motor oil. To keep the cost down, manufacturers may list an obscure proprietary blend that is actually around 10% synthetic and 90% regular oil.
Bring your car to Premier Automotive Services for your next oil change. Our repair financing makes all tune-ups and maintenance affordable. A certified mechanic will let you know if synthetic oil is best for your type of car.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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