Synthetic vs Conventional Oil
Synthetic vs. conventional oil: the great debate about what should go in your vehicle. Drivers in Biloxi, Gulfport, and Long Beach deserve to know what's going to give their car the best performance. Pat Peck Honda looks at the differences between the two and how each one benefits your engine.
What Does Oil Do?
Oil is as important to your car as water is to your body. When you turn your car on, all the parts of its engine are in constant motion, which creates a lot of heat under the hood. Heat plus machinery in motion equals friction, and that can cause your parts to break down.
This is where oil comes in. The same way you drink water when your muscles feel dehydrated, oil comes in and essentially hydrates the engine's parts. It acts as both a lubricant for them to prevent friction and cools them down, so your engine doesn't overheat.
Whether your car is idling or cruising on a long drive, oil is constantly at work. Eventually, after several months and a few thousand miles of working, it starts to wear down-and that's when it's time for an oil change.
Still, how often do you need one? That's one of the main differences between synthetic and conventional oil.
What Is Conventional Oil?
Derived from crude oil and petroleum, conventional oil is a natural lubricant that's been used to maintain engines since the very first automobile.
Many older and classic cars run on conventional oil and should stick with it since they've become accustomed to its natural impurities.
While every car is different, the general guideline for how long conventional oil holds up is that you'll need an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or every six months. Still, it's recommended that you check your owner's manual to see how often your car should go in for new oil.
What Is Synthetic Oil?
Most new cars available today run on synthetic oil. You won't find the same impurities in it as you will in conventional oil. It's been filtered and scientifically engineered to last longer and hold up better.
This durability makes it more reliable in extreme climates. It's designed to work better during both blizzards and heat waves.
The upside of filtering out the natural impurities is that it's cleaner while working through your engine. The chemical components in it help you go farther before you need maintenance. With synthetic oil, you'll need an oil change every 6,000 to 7,500 miles or every six months.
Since you won't have to stop in for maintenance as often, synthetic oil is usually more affordable than its conventional counterpart.
Oil Change Services
At Pat Peck Honda, we have a team of expert technicians in our service center who are proud to provide oil changes and engine oil filter replacement services to drivers in Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi.
Contact us to learn more about the synthetic vs. conventional oil debate, or schedule service online to get your next oil change or maintenance appointment set up.