What’s the Difference Between Conventional and Synthetic Motor Oil?

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When you bring your vehicle to Lustine Toyota for an oil change, you can choose between synthetic oil and conventional oil. Both are quality options, but there are some differences you should know before you pick one over the other.

Conventional oil is derived directly from crude oil, and provides effective lubrication at high temperatures and maintains stability over long periods of time. While synthetic oil starts out the same as regular oil, it’s modified to improve its protective and lubricant properties. Different blends of synthetic oils are designed for specific purposes, such as increasing fuel mileage or the performance and life-expectancy of high-mileage cars.

Synthetics use higher quality base oils, while conventional variants use less-refined base oils. As a result, synthetic oils offer some common advantages over conventional oil, such as improved lubrication and better stability. Conventional oil breaks down and leaves deposits on engine components. This build-up can reduce the engine’s efficiency and reduce its longevity. Synthetic oils contain fewer impurities and can help keep your engine cleaner for longer.

There are some more benefits to synthetic motor oil. It tends to produce fewer emissions, and it may be able to increase fuel and oil economy. You can also typically go longer between oil changes with synthetic oil. Full synthetics and synthetic blends may cost a bit more than their conventional counterpart, but they could save you money in the long run.

To learn more about the differences between synthetic and conventional motor oil, advice on which one is better for your vehicle, or to schedule an oil change, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the service experts at Lustine Toyota.

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