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What is the Difference Between Conventional and Synthetic Motor Oil?

Every driver is familiar with their regular oil change visit to the shop - you come in, and we take care of everything for you. Most drivers know which type of motor oil their vehicle typically takes, but not everyone understand what the actual difference is between conventional, synthetic, and other motor oil types. Each motor oil type has its own benefits and purpose, and understand their differences can help you make a better decision for your vehicle. 

Motor oil is extremely important when it comes to the overall integrity and reliability of your car. The oil is a protective lubricant which is circulated throughout the engine as your car runs. While it circulates, the oil picks up dirt and debris to keep the engine clean and brings this back through the oil filter. The lubricant also acts as a temperature regulator, which prevents the engine from overheating. It also protects against metal to metal contact between parts, which can cause corrosion and part damage. 

The type of motor oil that your vehicle will need depends on a number of different things. We recommend checking your vehicle's owner's manual for the most accurate information regarding what your vehicle needs. Other factors include your driving habits, the age of your vehicle, make and model, and your commute. Let's look at the differences between conventional and synthetic oils. 

Conventional Oil

Conventional oil is a mixture of base oil and additives to meet the basic standards needed for engines. Depending on the brand and price, these oils can range from average to high quality. This oil is typically used in older vehicles or low-mileage vehicles. 

Synthetic Oil

Synthetic motor oil is a blended formula with high-quality additives to offer the best protection for the engine. It can aid in a cleaner engine, better heat protection, and ensure engine durability. Synthetic oil is typically recommended for all modern vehicles, as it offers the best protection for the engine. 

If you're unsure about what type of oil is best for your vehicle, drop by the experts here at Oswald Service. We can help you determine the type of oil that is best for you and we offer quick comprehensive oil change services at our shop. Give us a call or stop by today!