Conventional Oil, Synthetic Oil…they’re all the same right? Not anymore. At one time all cars used conventional oil with different weights like 5W-30 , 5W-20, 0W-20.
In the early 1970s synthetic oil started to be used slightly. In 2000, the car manufacturers started to promote and require synthetic or semi-synthetic oil be used in new cars. What’s the difference?
Conventional oil is a natural resource that comes from underground and gets refined to be used in our vehicles. Oils, like 5W-30, are conventional oils.
Synthetic oil may sound high-tech, because it is! It is refined, but it also gets distilled, purified and broken down into its basic molecules. Then artificially made compounds are added. Told you synthetic oils were high-tech. The end result is an oil that provides the best lubrication. In practical terms it means that we can schedule oil changes less frequently.
So if synthetic oil is the best why doesn’t everyone use synthetic oil? Well, with all good things comes a price tag. Synthetic oil costs a bit more, but keep in mind that your oil changes will be less frequent and will give your car higher performance and protection. One additional benefit of synthetic oil is better performance in cold weather… good to know for us Northerners!
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