There Are Several Advantages to Using Synthetic Oil
Some people ask, “What is the difference between regular motor oil and synthetic motor oil?” What those
people really want to know is if it is worth paying a little extra for synthetic motor oil over the life of their vehicle. Here are some of the differences between each kind of oil, and some of the advantages of synthetic oil.
Synthetic motor oil has been altered so that it can work better for your car. Conventional oil and synthetic oil come out of the ground looking the same—because they are the same at that point, but that is where their path to a car engine changes. Synthetic oil is distilled, purified, and broken down into its most basic level. Then, additives are put into it the reduced oil to make the synthetic oil.
What does this “new” oil do that “regular” oil does not do?
- Synthetic oil keeps engines cleaner. When oil travels through the engine, it picks up debris and deposits from tiny fragments of dirt and tiny slivers of metal which damage engines. This sort of damage rarely causes catastrophic and sudden engine stoppage, but it will make a vehicles service life shorter on the back end. Eventually conventional oil may even turn to sludge. Synthetic oils are thinner and through their molecular alteration, many of the impurities have been removed so there are few deposits left by the oil.
- When the parts of an engine are moving, they are grinding against each other constantly at high speeds. This constant friction can make the parts in the engine break down, especially when driven in extreme weather conditions. The thing that keeps this grinding from making an engine break down quickly is the lubrication provided by motor oil. As oils have been in use over time, they work less efficiently in providing that lubrication protection and engines are not protected as well. Synthetic motor oil does not break down as quickly as conventional motor oil, so its use can increase the life of an engine.
- Low temperatures are not good for an engine. Oil settles in the engine block during low temperatures, even when a vehicle sits in cold weather overnight the oil will settle, and then after then car is started, that thick and viscus oil that has pooled in low places in the engine takes a while to begin to flow properly. While the oil is moving to the engine parts to do its job, the engine is creating friction and damaging itself. When you listen to commercials for synthetic oil, they often refer to themselves as quick flowing, and that, at least in part refers to the fact that because they are specially formulated and thinner than conventional oil, synthetic oils can get to the parts of the engine in need of oil faster, even in really cold weather.
- Just like cold weather does not serve engines well, neither does hot weather, especially those people who live in places that get really hot. Engines, being made mostly out of metal, do not last as long when they are already hot when started. Conventional oils also do not do well in severe heat. They break down more quickly and they tend to evaporate. Synthetic oils have been developed to resist the extreme heat and to not evaporate as quickly providing better protection to engines.
If you are considering changing from conventional motor oil to synthetic motor oil, the things you should keep in mind are that synthetic oil is thinner which allows it to resist the potential hazards from severe weather. Synthetic oil also lasts longer. Most car owners will also be pleased to note that they will not be able to discern any difference in how their vehicle runs when using synthetic oil. The benefits they should notice are that oils will only need to be changed around every 7500 miles, and their engines should last longer. Most consumers would agree that those are good reasons to use synthetic oils.