Synthetic vs Conventional Oil Change

In order to keep your engine healthy, it’s important to have your oil changed at the recommended intervals. But choosing the right oil changing service can be difficult. Not only do you have to choose the correct grade and viscosity of oil, but you also have to determine if you want to use synthetic or conventional oil. And if you are like many car owners, you may not even know what the difference is between the two.

Conventional Oil Change

For many decades, conventional oil was the only option for car owners. It is recommended that if driver a newer vehicle with less than 5,000 miles on it that you use conventional oil until the engine has had time to break in. Cars are initially supplied with conventional oil when they are manufactured. Decreased vehicle performance can result from switching to synthetic too soon. But most of the time, a conventional oil change is going to be the cheaper option.

Synthetic Oil Change

Unlike conventional oil that is made from petroleum, synthetic oil is a fluid made from its own unique chemical formula. It was originally developed for the engines in aircraft jets. It was discovered that synthetic oil caused less wear and tear on engines so auto manufactures developed their own formula that could be used in their automobiles. Despite being more expensive, the advantages to getting a synthetic oil change include:

  • oil changeDecreased engine friction reduces energy consumption
  • Flows better in cold temperatures
  • Less chance of a break down during hot temperatures
  • Lasts about three times longer than conventional oil

If your vehicle needs a synthetic or conventional oil change inĀ  Atascadero or Paso Robles, then bring your car to German Performance!