Synthetic vs Conventional Oil

As you know, oil is a crucial substance to help your vehicle perform at its best throughout the streets of City of Industry, El Monte, and La Puente. Of course, in order to get the proper oil change, you’ll need to know what type of oil your vehicle takes!

Drivers have asked a lot about the synthetic vs. conventional oil debate. Which is best? Which lasts longer? At Norm Reeves Honda Superstore West Covina, we’re here to give drivers some insight into these two varying oil types, so you can see which is best for your vehicle.

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What Oil Does for Your Vehicle

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Before delving into synthetic oil vs. conventional oil, we feel that some light should be shed on what oil actually does for your car. Oil acts as a lubricant to ensure that the moving metal parts in your engine are moving fluidly. It even helps keep these parts cool, because metal-on-metal rubbing can create friction and heat. Lastly, oil acts as a cleaning agent by picking up the loose debris and grease to ensure that these particles don’t affect the parts.

But while oil performs many functions, it doesn’t last forever. In fact, over time and after collecting enough engine debris and loose crud, as well as being exposured to heat, it becomes less effective at performing its functions and requires an oil change.

What is Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic oil is made from crude oil, but it goes through a refinement process where the molecular structure is changed by adding artificially made chemical compounds. By doing this, the oil is actually cleaner. It even has a higher heat tolerance, so its viscosity can last through prolonged exposure to heat. Since this oil tends to last for a long time, drivers won’t have to change it out for roughly 5,000 to 10,000 miles.

What Is Conventional Oil?

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Conventional oil is exactly what it sounds like. It’s crude oil extracted from the ground, and while it does go through a bit of a refinement process, its molecular structure remains intact, and there are no chemical additives included with it. This form of oil has been around for quite a while and has been utilized since the dawn of automobiles. Drivers can expect it to last around 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

Which Oil is Best for My Car?

While both oils perform their functions well, there’s a clear difference in their lasting power. It’s no secret that synthetic oil lasts longer, which means less-frequent oil changes. However, because synthetic oil is relatively new, it’s meant for vehicles that were manufactured in 2008 or later. Since conventional oil was the original standard, it’s meant for vehicles prior to 2008.

Schedule Your Oil Change Today!

Now that you’re more familiar with synthetic oil vs. conventional, you’re closer to figuring out which oil is best for your car. When it’s time for an oil change, you can always look to us at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore West Covina for service and the best oil for your car!

Schedule your oil change service with us, so your vehicle can perform at its best throughout City of Industry, El Monte, and La Puente!

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