Oil is one of the most important components of your vehicle. You should check your vehicle’s oil level periodically (at least once a month), topping it off if it needs it. Most mechanics recommend you get your oil and oil filter changed every three-five thousand miles. This will
be easy to reach if you commute from Cumming to Atlanta every day for work.
If your vehicle is not using quality oil, it could be detrimental to your engine and cost you lots of money to repair. But, how do you know what type of oil is best for your car, SUV, or truck? Here are four main differences between synthetic oil and traditional oil.
Differences in Synthetic & Traditional Oil
1. Synthetic oil is refined, distilled, and purified
Because synthetic oil is man-made, it has a greater ability to decide what components it’s made with. The refining, distilling, and purifying process allows certain impurities to be taken out and healthier additives to be put in. Taking out unwanted molecules and adding better ones helps the oil run smoothly through your engine. Crude or traditional oil tends to pick up deposits and form sludge, preventing your motor to run properly. Synthetic oil works much better for new and modern motors, while conventional oil is preferred for older modeled cars.
2. Synthetic oil works better at extreme temperatures
During North Georgia’s cold, winter months, oil will settle. Before your vehicle will run properly, its oil needs to be warmed up and running smoothly throughout the engine’s system. Conventional oil takes much longer to warm up compared to synthetic oil. In addition, during hot summer months, traditional oil tends to break down and evaporate, while synthetic oil is equipped to work in these conditions.
3. Synthetic oil lasts longer
Because synthetic oil is made with quality components needed for a productive and hard-working engine, it simply lasts longer. Experts say some vehicles using synthetic oil won’t need another oil change for sometimes ten thousand miles. With synthetic oil performing three times better than conventional oil, there will be a price difference. Synthetic oil is noticeably more expensive than traditional oil, but only because it is worth the higher price.
4. Synthetic oil is required for certain cars
Always check your owner’s manual to see what type of oil your vehicle requires. Some cars, especially newer BMWs, Audis, and some Hondas and Toyotas can only use synthetic oil. Newer modeled cars require synthetic oil because it is better for the life of the car, friendlier to the environment, and works consistently throughout the year.
Older vehicles that are used to traditional oil will still prefer their conventional oil, while newer modeled cars work best with synthetic oil. Synthetic oil is made with the right substances to ensure your vehicle’s motor is running smoothly during extreme temperatures and for a long period of time.
If you have further questions about which type of oil is best for your car, SUV, or truck, ask a professional at Poston Motors Company. Located in Cumming, Georgia, we provide quality oil changes, engine and transmission repairs, and other services as well. 678.455.5246