Synthetic Oil Vs. Conventional Oil

You’re in the auto department store shopping for oil and in one hand you have conventional oil, in the other, synthetic. So how do you determine which to use? Do you go by price? How about what your co-worker or a friends uses? Stop. Put both bottles of oils down and head back to the parking lot. Open up your glove box and read what your owner’s manual has to say. Inside will be the recommendation on the type of oil to use from the automaker; therein lies the answer.

Conventional Oil:

Taken straight from Mother Nature then processed to become useable in your vehicle. It is made up of different additives that protect your engine. These different additives provide proper heat tolerance and breakdown resistance that engines require. Conventional oil is inexpensive and gets a bad rap as a less effective oil. It is true that conventional oil requires more frequent oil changes but is recommended by many professionals as long as it complies with your owner’s manual.

Who will benefit from conventional oil?

Conventional oil should be used for older engines because of its thick molecular structure. Older engines typically have bigger gaps between parts, so using a thicker oil will prevent leaks. Drivers who do not want to have added strain on their vehicle can benefit from conventional oil as well. Added strain can include spending time in stop and go traffic, exposure to extreme heat or cold, or using the vehicle for towing.

Synthetic Oil:

Synthetic oil has been progressing the longevity and effectiveness of motor oils. Nowadays more and more auto manufacturers are recommending synthetic oil for their vehicles. It is a manufactured oil that takes much longer to break down than traditional oils, so engines can go longer without an oil change. It works as a better lubricant in extreme temperatures as conventional oil. It also works better in stop and go traffic, short mileage trips, and on hard working engines. It truly has more benefits than conventional oil, but these benefits come at a price.

Why don’t we just use synthetic oil for every engine?

Synthetic oils are considerably more expensive and have a smaller molecular structure than traditional oils. If you have an older engine synthetic oil can seep through gaps and create leaks. Many drivers have complained that their older engines became much louder when using synthetic oil.

Choosing oils:

When you’re in the aisle deciding on which oil to choose, listen to your owner’s manual. Whatever the automaker’s recommendation is will work best. What you need to look out for is the APRI service rating on the bottle. If it has this rating, you are good to go. If you are having a difficult time figuring out what oil works best for your car call Cerritos INFINITI’s Service Center and speak to a professional mechanic today. Cerritos INFINITI has a large selection of new and used vehicles for sale.

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