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Synthetic Oil vs. Conventional Oil

Motor oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle, and it is necessary that your vehicle undergoes regular oil changes as the manufacturer recommends. When it’s time for your next oil change, you may be wondering about the difference between synthetic oil vs. conventional oil. While there are benefits to using either option, it is important to know whether your vehicle requires synthetic oil or if conventional oil will do. You can find this information in your owner’s manual. The service center at Longwood Mitsubishi compares synthetic oil vs. regular oil to help you determine which is the best option for your particular make and model. 



What is Synthetic Oil? 

What sets synthetic oil apart from conventional motor oil? The biggest difference is how the two are made. Synthetic oils are produced with higher quality base oils than conventional oils, which use less-refined base oils. Distilled crude oil is usually always the base component of synthetic oil, but the process for creating synthetic oil, as well as the additives used, vary by manufacturer.

While synthetic oils tend to be more costly than conventional oil, there are several reasons to opt for synthetic vs. conventional oil.

  • It may be required for your vehicle, especially if you drive a performance car on Orlando roads. 
  • Synthetic oil is less likely to acidify and oxidize.
  • It is more chemically stable than conventional oil. 
  • It takes longer for synthetic oil to break down.

Because synthetic oil lasts longer than conventional oil, it is likely that your vehicle will require an oil change less often. This can help to close the price gap between the two options. 

What is Conventional Oil? 

Conventional oil has been distilled and then refined directly from crude oil. While there are certainly several attractive reasons to choose synthetic oil vs. regular oil, conventional oil has its own unique benefits as well. One of the most common reasons Sanford drivers opt for conventional oil is price. Synthetic oil can be as much as twice the price of conventional oil depending on the type you select. If you drive an older vehicle, it may actually be beneficial to use conventional oil because the slower flow better lubricates an aging engine. 

Full Synthetic Oil vs. Synthetic Blend

If you are looking for the benefits of synthetic oil without the hefty price tag, you may want to consider a synthetic blend. The mixture of synthetic and conventional base oils provides the added benefit of resistance to oxidation. Keep in mind that these blends are not able to achieve the same level of performance as a full synthetic oil. 

Contact Longwood Mitsubishi for More Information 

If you still have questions about synthetic oil vs. conventional oil and what should be used for your particular vehicle, do not hesitate to contact the team at Longwood Mitsubishi. We want to ensure your vehicle operates at peak performance for as long as possible.

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