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Synthetic Vs. Conventional Oil

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Natural is always better, right? Well, not always. In the case of motor oil, synthetics offer advantages you need to know.

First, let's set a few things straight. The debate over conventional vs. synthetics is a thing. And the answer to "which one should I use" has a number of variables.

Like their synthetic counterparts, conventional oil go through an extensive refining process and contain additives to help with properties like antiwear, friction reduction and long life.

Synthetics can also be derived from crude oil, and typically generally contain higher quality base oils that are more extensively processed. They often contain different additives than conventionals, which are designed for extra wear protection and higher stability to temperature and sheer. That's why the pros use them, but they're not the only ones.

An increasing number of new models and especially high-performance vehicles call for synthetic oil. Here's why:

The advent of synthetics allows scientists to better tailor high-performance formulations.  In general, synthetics are less resistant to break-down, which make them last longer. Thanks to a higher viscosity index, synthetics are also more resistant to high temperatures, and able to flow better in colder temperatures (helping to protect engine wear). Learn more here.

So, conventional or synthetics - which on is right for your vehicle? First of all, always consult your owner's manual for a recommendation.

"If you make lots of short trips, standard motor oil may never get warm enough to burn off moisture and impurities.  That could hasten the breakdown of conventional oil. Also, if you live in a region with very cold winters or very hot summers, or if you use your vehicle for towing or hauling heavy material, synthetic oil won't break down as quickly. While synthetic generally holds up better and can serve more miles, it is important to not extend oil changes beyond the time internal recommended by the manufacturer - typically six months or a year.

Another good use for synthetic oil is as a salve for older engines prone to sludge buildup."

In general, synthetics offer additional lubrication that may reduce engine wear over time. Not sure of your options?  Hop on over to our products page to check them out.


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