When you walk in to get your oil changed, you will be asked the question: Would you like synthetic or regular? You might be able to guess that synthetic oil is higher quality due to it’s higher price, but you may not know exactly why. In order to make the decision that is right for you and your vehicle, let’s break it down.
What is it?
Regular, or conventional, oil is created from crude oil, and that is pretty much the end of the story. Synthetic oil, on the other hand, is regular oil that undergoes further modifications which remove many of the impurities that are found in the crude oil and improve its protective and lubricant properties.
Your car engine has lots of moving parts. In order to keep the parts moving fluidly, motor oil is used to create a slippery coating of lubrication. Synthetic oils have a greater ability to keep the parts slick, especially at higher temperatures. Better lubrication means less wear and tear on your engine, which could extend the life of the engine.
Another purpose of motor oil is to clean your engine of debris. Regular oil sometimes forms sludge which can be harmful for your engine. Synthetic oil, with its fewer impurities, is better able to work without forming sludge, also increasing the life of your engine.
Any type of oil will eventually break down and become less effective. That is why you should regularly have your motor oil changed. The benefit of synthetic oil is that it can last as much as three times longer than regular oil before breaking down. So despite being more expensive, it will get you further down the road than conventional oil.
It is easy to see that synthetic oil is superior in many ways. However, regular oil will get the job done and is a good option as well. The most important thing to remember when it comes to caring for your car is to follow the recommendations from your vehicle’s manufacturer.
Rather than stressing about changing your oil, just bring your car on over to the nearest Bargain Tire. We will ensure that your vehicle has the oil it needs so that your engine will keep getting you where you need to be, when you need to be there! Schedule an appointment today!