Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil

Everyone knows that the two main types of motor oil are synthetic oil and conventional oil. Both can help a car produce an exceptional performance, and both can help an engine live longer. However, these oils aren’t interchangeable, which means some cars will need synthetic and others will need conventional.

What’s the difference between synthetic oil and conventional oil, and which type is right for your car? To find out, read Winner Hyundai’s guide to synthetic vs. conventional oil.

Synthetic Oil

If you recently bought a new car in Odessa, Middletown, or Dover, the dealership will recommend a synthetic oil change for your first service appointment. Synthetic oil is designed to work with more modern engines, which is why it’s recommended for newer vehicles and high-performance cars.

Synthetic oil is derived from distilled, refined, and purified crude oil. It contains ingredients to better protect the engine from wear and tear, as well as severe damage. On top of that, synthetic oil provides a durable performance in most driving conditions. In fact, it can handle extreme hot and cold temperatures, as well as long commutes. Synthetic oil can also keep the engine running smoothly when you’re stuck in miles of stop-and-go traffic.

Best of all, synthetic oil is designed to deliver a long-lasting performance. Vehicles running on synthetic oil will usually need an oil change every six months or 6,000 miles, whichever comes first. Of course, all cars are different, so be sure to check your owner’s manual for a more exact oil change schedule for your vehicle.

Conventional Oil

If you drive an older vehicle, conventional oil is the fluid for you. It’s designed to work with older cars with low mileage, but it can also provide protective properties and effective lubrication to preserve the condition of your engine.

Conventional oil doesn’t last as long as synthetic oil, unfortunately. Vehicles that use conventional oil will need to schedule an oil change every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. This type of fluid also contains more impurities. This can affect overall engine performance, but it won’t affect how the fluid protects the engine from damage.

While conventional oil doesn’t last as long as synthetic oil, it’s made with additives to enhance its overall performance. These additives allow it to withstand high temperatures and many other severe driving conditions.

How to Choose the Right Oil for Your Car

Synthetic oil and conventional oil aren’t one-size-fits-all types of fluid. The rule of thumb is that new vehicles should use synthetic oil, and older cars should use conventional oil. To make sure your car gets the fluid it needs, be sure to contact an automotive specialist at Winner Hyundai to determine the exact type of oil that’s best for your vehicle.

If you need an oil change, you can schedule your service appointment at Winner Hyundai today. 

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