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Synthetic Oil Change – What’s All The Hype?

To promote the health of your car’s engine, it’s paramount to schedule oil change services regularly. One of the primary roles of engine oil is to coat the metal parts of the engine by creating a thin layer of lubrication that prevents wear and reduces friction. It also acts as a coolant, neutralizes acids, and captures and transports combustion by-product particles to the oil filter.

Currently, there are hundreds of engine oil brands and types on the market. Hence, finding an oil brand and type to suit your needs and preferences won’t be a problem.

As a rule of thumb, we always suggest that you refer to your owner’s manual for the proper specifications regarding motor oil recommendations.

This article focuses on two types of oils that are commonly used by auto service providers’ – “conventional oils” and “synthetic oils”. In addition to the two above, there are also high mileage, synthetic blends, and other additives that can be used in your vehicle.

A Conventional Oil Change usually refers to a mineral based oil because it is refined from crude oil that is mined directly from the ground. Over the years, new technology has been developed to enhance its performance especially in areas of viscosity. This is one of the major reasons why modern regular oils flow better over a range of temperatures.

A Synthetic Oil Change, as the name suggests, is simply oil that is artificially manufactured from various chemical compounds in a controlled environment. Synthetic oil has been around since the 1970s.

Properties of Synthetic Oil and why you may want to use it for your vehicle:

* It has multi-viscosity properties that make it ideal for any season no matter the outdoor weather conditions. Experiments show that some synthetic oils flow seven times faster than regular oil.
* Unlike regular oil, it can withstand extreme high temperatures inside the engine more efficiently and without compromising the overall functionalism of your vehicle.
* It is specifically engineered to boost horsepower of your vehicle more efficiently than thinner regular oils in the market.
* Advances in technology has led to the development of new production systems which enables manufacturing companies to eliminate most of the contaminants such as wax and sulfur. Accumulation of such elements in the engine can affect its efficiency and lifespan negatively.
* Synthetic oil does not have to be changed as often as conventional oil and will provide longer driving distances between oil changes.

Factors that you should consider when selecting engine oil for your car:

Viscosity: This refers to a fluid’s resistance to flow. Choose oil that can flow to all parts of your engine no matter the temperature variations inside the engine. Motor oil thins when heated and tends to thicken when the temperature drops. Excessive thickness makes it very difficult to start the engine. Fortunately, there are special additives that are used to increase its ability to resist thinning. Bottom line, at low temperatures, your preferred oil should be resistant to thickening to flow quickly to all the engine parts. It is also important to note that thick oil forces the engine to work harder as it has to produce more energy to turn the crankshaft which is usually submerged in a bath of oil.

Reputation of Brand: The reputation of a particular engine oil brand is closely related to its quality. Carry out a thorough background research on the various brands in the market to get a clear perspective of what to expect. Steer clear of oils that have a negative reputation to safeguard your engine from future complications.

Cost: A Synthetic Oil Change may cost more than conventional oil. Although, if you consider the length of time between oil changes and its superior benefits compared to regular oil the costs can be negligible.

*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.

Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto provides automotive safety and auto repair information for the sole purpose of educating the community at large. “We believe an educated customer is a loyal customer.” 8 Locations throughout the Northern Virginia area including locations in Fairfax, Leesburg, Falls Church, Sterling, Herndon, Winchester, Purcellville, and South Riding. Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto: http://www.hoganandsonsinc.com.
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