Hopefully, we are all thinking of having the oil changed and maintenance performed on our vehicles after the long winter here in Pennsylvania. One of the questions I have been asked often recently is, do I need synthetic oil? I’ll explain what makes synthetic oil a better lubricant than conventional oil first.
The oil brought out of the ground must be cleaned of impurities and additives added to meet the ASE standards. The hard part is deciding how much cash to spend in the process to come out with a viable product. The reason being, conventional oil has differently shaped molecules, some of which will evaporate off sooner because of their smaller size, thus losing some needed properties sooner than later. The different shapes matter too. For example, at the Carnaval, there were many balls placed in a large area, the same size and other colors, it was easy to move around. Imagine how much more difficult it would be if there were squares, rectangles, and triangles in the area. The same holds true for conventional oil versus synthetic oil. Synthetic oil is designed from the ground up to have compatible molecules, allowing them to move by each other with less resistance and promote running cooler with less wear. You see the general picture of why synthetics “just plain work better” as they are, designer oils, made for particular applications.
Do I need to use synthetic oil? As cars have advanced, using the correct oil – 5w30, 0w20 – etc. has become more critical.
1.There are moving parts of the engine, which must have the right type of oil to work correctly “period.” Too heavy of oil and the check engine light can come on, and the engine may not run correctly.
2. Smaller engines have smaller oil passages and run hotter; thus, oil-burning to the passage walls can build up sludge deposits.
3.Of course, if you short hop drive or have extended idles, the engine is under even more stress. It can build up to harmful/damaging deposits your oil filter can not keep up with. Synthetic oils address all these problems. Extended drain intervals (conventional oil prices are still on the rise) synthetics can become a cost-effective alternative.
One last note: Be sure to ask your Auto Technician what may be best for you. He/she knows what is required for your transportation and, with a bit of conversation, can help you decide what is best
As always ” Great Service with a Smile”