Difference Between Conventional and Synthetic Oil

December 15th, 2014 by

What is Synthetic Oil

Synthetical oil is created from chemical compounds, often including petroleum, refined crude oil, products. It is designed specifically to be used as a lubricant in engines and provides superior protection. Synthetic oil also lasts longer, requiring less frequent oil changes. Oil change frequency ranges from 5,000-10,000 miles, depending on the product used, and how the vehicle is used.

Pros of Synthetic Oil

  • Lasts longer than conventional oil
  • Less frequent oil changes required
  • Able to withstand more extreme temps
  • Many new vehicles use synthetic
  • Thinner

Cons of Synthetic Oil

  • More expensive per oil change than conventional
  • Switching in older cars may make leaks worse (ask your service professional if changing would be ideal for your vehicle)

What is Conventional Oil

Conventional oil is refined from naturally occurring crude oil. Conventional oil has been the traditionally used lubricant in vehicles and offers great protection for your vehicle’s components. Conventional oil typically requires oil changes every 3,000-5,000 miles, depending on the product used, and how the vehicle is used.

Pros of Conventional Oil

  • Many older models use it
  • The larger particles are less likely to leak
  • Cheaper than synthetic oil changes

Cons of Conventional Oil

  • More frequent oil changes

Is Conventional or Synthetic Oil Better

This debate is mostly for older vehicles, as many manufacturers, such as Toyota, have gone to straight synthetic for all new models. Synthetic oil is superior with its durability, which allows for less frequent oil changes. However, it is also more expensive than a conventional oil change. So, it basically comes down to preference. If you consistently change your oil when it’s needed, and have done so for years, then switching may not produce any benefits. However, if you like the idea of having less frequent oil changes, then you should ask your service provider if a switch would be advisable in your vehicle.

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