What Is Synthetic Oil?
If your car’s engine uses conventional oil, have you thought about the benefits of switching to synthetic oil yet? Since oil is such a vital component in the proper functioning of your vehicle, choosing the right kind is very important. With synthetic oil’s superior qualities, it may just be the right option to use in your engine to boost its performance even further.
Considering the many benefits of switching to synthetic oil, many modern vehicles are starting to require it rather than conventional oil. If you’re unfamiliar with this type of oil and the advantages of using it, our team here at Ira Lexus of Manchester has compiled the following information to help you make an informed decision. We’ll cover the general importance of oil, what synthetic oil is made of, and the benefits of using it in your car.
If you call the Bedford, Manchester, and Merrimack areas home, continue reading to learn more about synthetic oil. SCHEDULE AN OIL CHANGE today!
WHY OIL IS SO IMPORTANT
Your car’s engine is made up of a lot of moving parts. Naturally, the result of all this activity is a large amount of friction. One of oil’s main jobs is to cool the engine down and keep it from overheating. Oil also cleans and lubricates all these moving parts and protects them from wear and tear.
WHERE DOES SYNTHETIC OIL COME FROM?
Like conventional oil, the synthetic variety originates from crude oil. This is where the similarities end, however; while conventional oil is refined from crude oil in the traditional manner, synthetic oil is altered on a molecular level using chemical compounds. The resulting product is higher in quality because the impurities belonging to the crude oil have been removed and replaced by elements that are specifically designed to benefit modern engines.
Unlike conventional oil, synthetic oil’s base is structured without petroleum to let it function without any additives. The additives present are simply to enhance the oil’s performance, not to compensate for lack thereof.
Essentially, oils are categorized into five groups: Groups I and II are created with petroleum as their base and considered conventional oils, while groups III, IV, and V are considered synthetic oils, though group III does begin with a petroleum base.
The chemicals that make up synthetic oil are designed to revert your oil back to its original state, not wear away quickly like conventional oil. These chemicals go through different processes to assure their quality, ultimately offering more benefit for your vehicle.
THE ADVANTAGES OF USING SYNTHETIC OIL
As you’ve likely gathered, synthetic oil’s artificial nature gives it several distinct advantages. First of all, it is more effective in keeping an engine clean since it takes longer to break down. As oil gets older and begins to break down, it starts to collect various particles of dirt until it all comes together to create a destructive sludge that can seriously damage your engine. Since synthetic oil is stronger, however, it’s able to last longer in order to delay the entire breaking-down process.
With a petroleum base, it’s harder to withstand extreme temperatures as the cold will turn the base into a sticky, sludge-like texture while the heat can thin it out. This is also why conventional oil needs to be changed more often than synthetic oil.
A related benefit is synthetic oil’s natural longevity. As opposed to conventional oil that usually lasts around 3,000 miles before it needs switched out, synthetic oil can last 6,000 to 7,500 miles before being changed.
Synthetic oil also has the ability to withstand extreme conditions more effectively than its conventional counterpart. Whether the outside temperature is frigid or scorching, you can be sure synthetic oil is busy doing its job cleaning, lubricating, and moderating your engine’s temperature.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CHANGE SYNTHETIC OIL?
There’s really no short answer to this question. As most new models (think 2008 and newer) are starting to call for synthetic oil, how often you should change it varies. Usually, it’s somewhere between 7,500 to 15,000 miles, or between six months to a year—whichever comes first.
The best way to find out when your vehicle needs an oil change is to consult your owner’s manual. This will give you the most accurate range so that you can ensure your vehicle is always running in its best condition.
SWITCHING TO SYNTHETIC OIL
While you might be apprehensive to switch from conventional to synthetic oil, it’ll only be beneficial to your wallet and your engine in the long run. While synthetic oil changes are a bit pricier, they’re less frequent, so you’re ultimately saving money and time spent at maintenance appointments.
SCHEDULE YOUR OIL CHANGE TODAY
If you have any questions about synthetic oil, you would like to learn more about the benefits of using it in your engine, or you want to schedule your next oil change, our team here at Ira Lexus of Manchester has you covered. Bedford, Manchester, and Merrimack residents can visit us in person, give us a call, or contact us online to SCHEDULE AN OIL CHANGE today!