Before determining whether or not you can switch to synthetic oil or a different grade, it is important to understand what synthetic oil is.
Synthetic oil uses petroleum elements along with organic and inorganic compounds. These compounds differ from the ones found in conventional oils. In general, the compounds in synthetic oils are purer and more uniform, while the ones found in conventional oils contain additives that lower the quality.
Some cars use synthetic blends, which involves a combination of the compounds found in conventional and synthetic oils. Of course, these are less pure and thus of lower standard than fully synthetic oils.
Because of the higher quality of synthetic oils, about 70% of newer cars use them instead of conventional ones. The purpose of synthetic oils is to lubricate engines more efficiently than conventional oils and synthetic blends. Other advantages of synthetic oils include:
- Better horsepower
- Better resistance to oxidation
- Remove carbon deposits
- Fewer oil changes
Synthetic oil typically costs more than most conventional oils or blends (although the extra cost is compensated because the oil lasts longer). Moreover, older car models may not adjust well to synthetic oils.
Converting to Synthetic Oil
For most people with newer cars, switching to synthetic oil is a no-brainer; its longer lifespan ultimately makes it a cost-effective solution that results in fewer oil changes. Modern synthetic oils have been updated to include fewer alcohol compounds, making them safer and less likely to overheat.
There are some important things to remember when making the switch from conventional oil to synthetic oil. To facilitate the transition process, the first two oil changes should be to a conventional and synthetic blend. Make sure the oil filter is also being replaced at this time.
There are some factors that should not be messed with, such as the oil weight and viscosity that is advised for your car model. Fortunately, an experienced auto service can help guarantee that your oil change is conducted safely. If you need an oil change, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!