Is Synthetic Engine Oil Better Than Conventional Oil?

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Synthetic Engine Oil Vs. Conventional Oil

There are many automotive services that you need to have performed in order to keep your vehicle running smoothly and the way it was designed with very few of them being more important than having your engine oil changed on a regular basis. When you have your vehicle serviced for an oil change, you’ll have two different engine oil options to choose from; conventional or synthetic engine oil. What is the difference between synthetic and conventional engine oil? Which oil is a better choice for your vehicle? Keep reading to find out as you’ll discover the main differences between synthetic engine oil and conventional oil.

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Differences Between Synthetic and Conventional Engine Oil

For starters, the biggest difference between synthetic and conventional engine oil is that conventional engine oil is refined from crude oil while synthetic oil is manufactured. Synthetic engine oil is designed to have molecules of the same size, which means that their ability to lubricate is more stable whether engine temperatures are hot or cold. This helps synthetic engine oil flow more efficiently and easily throughout the entire engine and all of its moving parts to provide increased protection. Synthetic oil also resists stress and engine heat longer than conventional oil. Conventional engine oil just can’t compete with synthetic oil and does not offer the same level of protection as synthetic engine oil, making it a better choice for most vehicles.

While conventional engine oil does not offer the increased protection that synthetic oil does, it is ok to use when you get an oil change.

Benefits of Using Synthetic Engine Oil

As synthetic engine oil uses higher quality base oils compared to the less refined conventional oil, it’s easy to understand why synthetic oil is a top choice for many drivers who are looking for the best performance from their vehicle. Some of the top benefits of using synthetic engine oil over conventional can be found below.

  • Greater Engine Wear Protection
  • Keeps Your Engine Cleaner
  • Flows Better in Cold Weather
  • Protects Better at High Temperatures
  • Protects Turbocharger Engine Parts Better

Before you get your next oil change, be sure to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to learn more about what type of engine oil is specifically recommended for your vehicle. If you need help or would like to learn more about conventional oil and synthetic engine oil, please contact a knowledgeable service technician at Parkway Nissan, today, and we’ll be happy to help.

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