Synthetic Oil VS. Regular Oil

We hear the questions often – Should I be using conventional oil, a full synthetic or a synthetic blend? Does my vehicle have to use synthetic oil? What if I use conventional oil on my vehicle?

For many vehicles, the question is answered – “your vehicle requires the use of synthetic oil.” This is because with newer vehicles, more and more vehicle manufacturers now make their vehicles with engines that require synthetic oil. If you use conventional oil you risk engine damage and you could void your new vehicle warranty s- something you likely don’t want to do! So don’t resort to guesswork. At Quick Lube of Elk Grove, your vehicle technician can tell you exactly what kind of oil your vehicle’s manufacturer requires.

On the other hand, there are still vehicles that don’t require the use of full synthetic motor oil. For those drivers, there are options but the option depends on what you intend to do with your vehicle. Simply put, synthetic oil performs and protects better than your standard convention oil. So, if you plan on keeping your vehicle long-term and you want the highest level of protection and performance, you definitely want synthetic.

If you’re still curious, here’s a break down of each type of oil.

Synthetic motor oil starts out as conventional oil but is then chemically modified to improve its protective and lubricant properties. Depending on the chemical mixture, synthetic oil contributes to improving lubrication, stability, reducing breakdown and decreasing deposits in the engine components. Ultimately, synthetic oil is going to help your vehicle perform better in high temperatures, extreme conditions and over a longer period of time.

Conventional motor oil is what its name implies — it is a lubricant that is derived directly from cruse or base oils. It has excellent properties that allow it to provide lubrication and maintain its stability over periods of time. Conventional motor oil comes in a range of viscosity grades and quality levels, from adequate to an extensively designed, high-quality lubricant. Conventional motor oil is recommended for drivers with low-mileage, late-model vehicles whose driving habits can be described as routine — commuting, running errands, vacation driving at relaxed cruising speeds. As more and more vehicle manufacturers require synthetic oil it’s important that you be sure to check your owner’s manual to confirm.

Synthetic blend motor oils are the third choice in between full synthetic motor oil and conventional oil. Synthetic blend motor oils use a mixture of synthetic and conventional base oils for added resistance to oxidation (compared to conventional oil) and provide excellent low-temperature properties. Synthetic blends are typically recommended for vehicles, trucks, vans and SUVs that regularly carry heavy loads, tow trailers and/or operate frequently at high RPMs. It’s a great middle-ground for people who want the added performance and protection of synthetic oil but aren’t ready to make the jump to a full synthetic.

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