If you’re asking yourself why you should pay more for synthetic oil, you should give yourself a pat on the back. Unlike many vehicle owners, you’re thinking about your car’s maintenance and that’s essential to keeping one of your largest investments running well. Oil is to a car like blood is to a body, so it’s difficult to overstate how important it is to not only get regular oil changes but also carefully consider the kind of oil you use. With the convenience of White River’s quick oil change center, you really have no excuses! But which type of oil should you use?
Why You Should Pay More for Synthetic Oil
What is synthetic oil?
A synthetic oil is a lubricant that is made using a combination of chemical compounds that are artificially created. These advanced lubricants can be manufactured with chemically modified petroleum components instead of the whole crude oil we used to be limited to, but other raw materials can also be used to create synthetic oil. Although it’s called synthetic, it still comes out of the ground just like regular oil. But as well as being refined in the way regular oil is, synthetic oil is also distilled, purified and broken down into its basic molecules. These advanced processes are used to remove more impurities from the crude oil, but they also allow for individual molecules in the oil to be specifically tailored to meet the demands of today’s modern engines.
What does it do differently than regular oil?
Synthetic oil doesn’t do a different job, but it is designed to do everything that ordinary oil does better. For example, as oil makes its way through your engine, it picks up deposits and over time it can form sludge. This reduces engine efficiency and over the long-term can therefore reduce the life of your engine. Synthetic oils have fewer impurities than conventional motor oils and are therefore more resistant to the formation of sludge, which means they can prevent unwanted deposits forming in your engine.
Perhaps the most important job your oil does is to protect engine components where they’re in constant contact with each other. As these components are inevitably moving at extremely high speeds, this extreme environment can cause engine components to wear out and cause breakdowns. Motor oil is a protective barrier between components, but as your conventional oils breaks down it isn’t as able to stop unnecessary engine wear. Synthetic oils are designed to keep their wear prevention properties for considerably longer than regular oil, and that’s going to extend the life of your engine.
Better cold weather performance
When a vehicle sits, the oil in the engine settles and cools. When you fire the engine up again, the oil is required to flow instantly and resume its protection and lubrication duties right away. If you live in an area where cold winter weather is normal, conventional oils take longer than synthetics to flow at their most efficient rate. This means synthetic oils can protect your engine better right from the start, an important protection for your engine in harsh weather conditions. If you’d protect your tires or your transmission, you should think about protecting your engine as a whole as well.
Are synthetic oils worth the money?
If you have a newer vehicle, you may not have an oil choice. Most new vehicles are designed to use synthetic oil only, and using a non-synthetic oil in an attempt to save a few dollars will actually invalidate your warranty. That’s a bad idea! When you have the option, it’s a good idea no matter what the age of your vehicle to opt for a synthetic oil when you get your oil changed at White River. The protection you’ll give your engine will be worth far more than the price difference.