Conventional Oil vs Synthetic Oil: What’s the real difference?
With rising inflation, we’re often asked about the difference between conventional oil vs synthetic oil, and which is better. In this article, we’ll explore: what’s the real difference? And is synthetic oil worth the extra price tag?
Understanding The Basics
Oil changes can be a hassle, but they’re a crucial part of engine maintenance. Car engines have dozens of moving parts. As these parts move and rub against each other, oil lubricates the engine and absorbs heat, allowing the parts to work together effectively.
While its main job is to maintain engine lubrication, oil also cools the engine components, removes dirt particles and sludge, and can even improve gas mileage and increase vehicle longevity.
Over time, the oil in your engine breaks down which can cause the engine to overheat. Most mechanics recommend that you change your oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles or so to avoid major engine troubles. If you have an older engine, live in an area with temperature extremes, or tend to drive at high speeds, you’ll need to have your oil changed more often.
Synthetic Is Superior
While conventional motor oil is refined from naturally occurring crude oil, synthetic oil is created artificially from chemical compounds. Synthetic oil is not only refined but also distilled, purified and broken down into its basic molecules to remove more impurities. Many also include additives, which provide higher levels of protection and performance than conventional oils.
Synthetics typically outperform conventional motor oils. Their additives keep engines cleaner, offer greater wear protection, and flow better in lower temperatures, leading to better overall performance.
Whether you use conventional motor oil or synthetic, regular oil changes help ensure your vehicle has a long life. V&F Auto offers oil changes and filter replacements to keep your car running in mint condition. Our expert mechanics can help you decide which oil is right for you, and how often you should come back for a tune-up. Call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.
This article was originally published in 2021 and has been updated.