Hopefully, we are all thinking of having the oil changed and maintenance performed to our vehicles after the long winter here in Pennsylvania. One of the questions I have been asked more often recently is, do I need synthetic oil? I’ll explain what makes synthetic oil a better lubricant then 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 different shaped molecules, some which will evaporate off sooner because of their smaller size, thus loosing some needed properties sooner than later. The different shapes matter too. As for example; at the carnaval there was allot of balls placed in a large area, the same size and different 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, thus allowing them to move by each other with less resistance and promoting running cooler with less wear. Your seeing the general picture why synthetics “just plain work better” as they are, designer oils, made for very specific applications.
Do I need to use synthetic oil? As cars have advanced, using the correct weight of oil – 5w30, 0w20 – etc. has become more critical. 1.There are moving parts of the engine, which must have the correct type of oil to work correctly “period”. To heavy of oil and the check engine light can come on and/or 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 and can build up harmful/damaging deposits your oil filter can not keep up with. Synthetic oils address all these problems. have 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 little conversation can help you decide what is best
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