Years ago, synthetic oil was only used for high-performance cars, but times have changed, and many people are asking if it's right for their everyday vehicle.
Synthetic oil is just that: a manufactured synthetic lubricant from chemically modified petroleum. The synthesis process and composition are generally trade secrets and can vary by brand. There are also blended oils combining synthetic and conventional which may work well for your car.
Do you need it?
First, read your owner's manual; most newer cars require synthetic oil. If your car is older and has typically used conventional oil, consider switching to high-mileage oil once it reaches 100,000 miles. Synthetic oil is used for its low viscosity which allows it flow easier than oils with high viscosity meaning the oil flows faster allowing the engine parts to turn easier improving fuel efficiency.
Here are some benefits of synthetic oil:
--lasts longer than conventional oil
--reduces engine wear during cold startups
--withstands higher temperatures, keeping engines running longer
Yet synthetic motor oil can cost two to four times as much as regular oil; considering the price of a new car, it's worth it.
If you are curious about your car's needs regarding motor oil, come into Lance's Superior Auto. Our trained technicians will evaluate your car and driving habits to give you advice based on cost and car performance. Call today to schedule an appointment.
Lance's Superior Auto Service
30775 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite D, Wilsonville, OR 97070