Conventional vs. Synthetic Oil

Conventional vs. Synthetic Oil

So, you go to get an oil change and the gentleman at the counter asks will it be synthetic or conventional oil.  You stop and think, but you really don’t know the answer.  Well, let’s take a look at the differences between the two and help make your decision a little easier.

Conventional oil comes from crude oil which is drilled from the ground.  It is taken to a refinery to be separated.  Impurities may still be present in some conventional oils because this system does not eliminate all contaminates.  This can cause a lack of performance in your vehicle.  Conventional oil is also temperature sensitive.  Temperatures above 240 degrees can cause the oil to break down.  Likewise, if it gets to cold, it can turn the oil to sludge.

Synthetic motor oil is laboratory processed.  It does not contain any contaminates that conventional oil does.  It survives better under extreme temperatures, and you do not have to change it as often.  Conventional oil should be changed every three thousand miles.  Synthetic oil, on the other hand, can be changed every six to ten thousand miles.

You might think the answer is clear, but there are some things to take into consideration.  First off, you will notice a big difference in the price.  Although you won’t be changing your oil as often, a single change can cost upwards of nearly a hundred dollars.  If you have a lot of miles on your vehicle, you may want to stick to conventional.  Gerber Collision and Glass recommends having a professional evaluate your vehicle to see the proper oil for your vehicle.  There are many grades and high mileage oils to choose from.  Make sure you give your vehicle the proper one to keep it running solid.


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