Information That Can Help During Your Next Oil Change

By Gary Opper

Many people want to know if it is better for their car to use a synthetic product when having an oil change. Both types have their benefits and their drawbacks. Ultimately the decision is up to the car owner. For more information about the difference between the two continue reading.

Conventional motor oil starts off as crude from the ground. During the refining process, some of that oil is used for the production of gasoline and engine oil. There are small amounts of mineral that the refining process cannot remove. Two of those impurities left are hydrocarbons and sulfur which slows down the flow when the engine is first started. This prevents proper lubrication of engine parts and it creates a build up of sludge.

Over the past 20 years advances in oil refining has improved the viscosity of conventional oil. This means the modern oil flows better over a wider range of temperatures. The benefits are better fuel efficiency and a reduction of friction on motor parts.

Synthetic oil starts from the same crude as regular does. However, the refining process is more advanced in distilling and purification. More impurities are removed from the oil and the individual molecules are consistent and uniform. The outcome is a higher quality product.

The purity of the product reduces sludge build up in the engine. In addition, the uniformity of the molecules allow for a smoother flowing product that does not wear at the engine parts. Simply put, there is less stuff to bump and grind against the inside of the engine. Synthetic oil also allows a person to drive up to ten thousand miles before the next oil change, it stands up to extreme weather temperatures, and it gives a boost to horsepower. The disadvantage is that it cost more.

There are some experts that prefer to use regular oil on a new engine. The claim is that a little wear is necessary on the engine parts to get it running smoothly. Breaking in the engine can take as little as five hundred miles or up to five thousand miles. One thing that is agreed up is engine wear decrease dramatically when the switch is made to synthetic.

When synthetic products were first introduced on the market it was not a good idea to mix the two. The discussion continues today with some experts claiming it is a bad idea while others will say it is okay. The general belief is that it is okay for residual amounts left in an engine to mix with a different type. Also, many people will use regular oil during the warm months and switch to synthetic during the colder months with no issues from new oil being mixed with the old left behind.

When it is time for an oil change using synthetic will slow down the wear on the engine. It also gives horsepower a boost and can last up to ten thousand miles before needing to be changed. However, regular oil is better for breaking in an engine and for use during warmer months. Do some research of your own because the decision is ultimately up to you.

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