Conventional or synthetic motor oil? We know you have asked yourself that question, so let’s look at which oil is best for your car or truck.
What are standard motor oils? Standard oils are motor oils created from raw petroleum via a distillation procedure. From distillation comes gasoline, tar, oils and many other distillates. Standard oils are excellent oils, and have been used for over 100 years, but may not be quite as “pure” as synthetic oils.
What is synthetic motor oil? Synthetic oils are “designer oils”. They are formulated from specific pure hydrocarbon compounds and this allows them to be carefully tailored to the demands of modern engines. According to their makers, these customized oils provide higher levels of engine protection and performance than conventional oils.
Some advantages of synthetic oils:
- They offer greater engine wear protection – Conventional oils break down and their ability to prevent engine wear diminishes. Synthetic motor oils, on the other hand, retain their wear protection properties for a longer time.
- They keep your engine cleaner – Synthetic motor oils contain fewer impurities compared to conventional motor oils and can better resist the formation of sludge thereby preventing deposits from forming in your engine.
- Flow better in low temperatures – During the cold winter months, or if you live in an extremely cold environment, synthetic oils are a less sluggish than conventional oils. Synthetic oils are engineered to flow quickly even at low temperatures.
What about environmental impact? One of the most common myths is that synthetic oil is better for the environment. This is really isn’t true as the chemicals used to form synthetic oil are just as noxious as the petroleum products in conventional oils. You can argue an environmental benefit from synthetic oil because it changed less often.
Recommendations: In the end, the first recommendation to follow is what your manufacturer suggests, especially if the vehicle already comes filled with synthetic oil. Both oils offer excellent properties and if you change your oil at reasonable intervals, your car’s engine will turn in years of service. That being said, with a high-end car, most opt for synthetic oils.