The next time you need an oil change full synthetic oil is an option you should consider. There are three basic types of motor oil: synthetic, blends, and conventional. In most cases, using full synthetic oil will be beneficial to your car. Here at Kernersville Auto Center, our team of licensed, ASE-certified mechanics can help you find the right oil for your vehicle. Schedule your next oil change today.
How are Synthetic and Conventional Oils Different?
At one time, conventional oil was your only option. This type of oil comes straight from the ground. Of course, companies process it to refine the oil so it can work in your car. However, the best refinery in the world cannot make conventional oil that is as good as synthetic oil.
Synthetic oil is manufactured. Companies initially developed this type of oil for high-performance cars. It has a lower viscosity because the molecules align more perfectly than is found in natural oil. In other words, the oil flows more easily. Today, many manufacturers recommend low-viscosity oil formulas, which are only available in synthetics. Synthetic oil is more expensive. However, the benefits outweigh the costs for most people. Additionally, you change synthetic oil less frequently, thus over time, the cost evens out. Our team can give you an exact price breakdown, so you always know exactly how much you’re going to spend. Additionally, you can join our loyalty program to earn points toward future services and other discounts.
But what about blends? As the name implies, oil blends are a combination of synthetic oil and conventional oil. Blends are less expensive than synthetic oils. However, they are also less effective in your vehicle than synthetic oils. One of our licensed mechanics can let you know if a synthetic blend would be a good option for your vehicle. Many factors can help with the decision. Therefore, a good mechanic will consider your location’s weather, your driving habits and the age of your vehicle.
Benefits of an Oil Change Full Synthetic Option
So now you know the difference between synthetic and conventional oil. However, what are the benefits of choosing this low-viscosity option for your car?
- First, it can extend the life of your vehicle. This is especially true if you have an older model. The low viscosity formula helps the oil flow smoothly, so your engine doesn’t have to work as hard.
- Synthetic engine oils can also improve your fuel economy in some vehicles. This depends on your make and model, but most vehicles see a small boost.
- Here in North Carolina, we experience extreme temperatures in the summer and winter. Synthetics generally perform better in high temperatures than conventional oils. When you are starting your vehicle in cold weather, synthetics flow to the engine better, which reduces wear. So, in both cases, you’ll see benefits.
- Because synthetic engine oils do not break down as fast as conventional engine oils, you don’t have to change it as often. Our experienced team can let you know exactly how long your oil will last. Because you’ll need fewer motor oil changes, synthetic is also a more responsible choice for the environment.
You can read more about the benefits of synthetic motor oil here.
Preventative Maintenance is Key
Whether you use synthetic or conventional motor oil in your car, what matters most is that you are getting your oil changed regularly. Bring in your vehicle as soon as the oil change is due. If you don’t, dirt can build up, causing issues in your engine. We use quality Havoline vehicle products here at Kernersville Auto Center. And, during your oil change, we will do a quick check of your other fluids as well.
Our team can also perform other preventative maintenance such as brake pad replacement and tire rotations. We can also perform a North Carolina vehicle inspection and emissions test. Click here to schedule your appointment for an oil change full synthetic or other maintenance. Or, give us a call at 336-993-7697.