Oil changes are one of the most essential maintenance services that you can do. Clean oil keeps your engine lubricated and prevents corrosion. When you’re getting an oil change, the service attendant may ask you whether you’d like to use synthetic or regular oil. If you aren’t familiar with the differences, this question may leave your head spinning. Below are some critical points to examine to help you make a more informed decision.
Synthetic oil is always the superior choice, but why? Synthetic motor oil is a high-quality base oil, while conventional oil is a less-refined base oil. Synthetic oil provides prominent engine performance and greater protection for the engine than conventional motor oil. In comparison, conventional oil breaks down quicker and faster in high temperatures and does not have a long lifespan.
Synthetic motor oil is the superior choice because it outperforms conventional oil by:
Keeping the engine cleaner
Offering more engine protection from wear and tear
Protecting the engine at extremely high temperatures
Provides enhanced protection for your engines major turbocharger parts
Longevity - you have a longer change interval between oil changes
Better doesn’t equate to cheaper. An oil change using synthetic oil can cost twice as much as conventional oil. However, the benefits make synthetic oil worth the buy. Always make a point to check your owner’s manual for vehicle manufacturer recommendations before making a decision.
Synthetic motor oil has significant benefits that greatly outweigh that of conventional oil. The decision should always come down to manufacturer requirements first. Second, you should note how much you drive and how consistent you are with changing your oil regularly. It’s important to choose an oil that allows your vehicle to operate at its highest potential.
If it’s about that time for an oil change, bring your vehicle into Prestige Auto Works in Elk Grove. Give us a call, and we’d be happy to help.