Do I Really Need a Synthetic Oil Change?

Do I Really Need a Synthetic Oil Change? 

Synthetic oil is, undoubtedly, more expensive than its run-of-the-mill cousin. But is it really necessary?  Mechanics across the country are extolling its virtues, but what does it actually achieve in terms of engine performance and longevity?

The following answers the most frequently asked questions about synthetic oil use.

Synthetic Oil 101

  • Synthetic oil: change your perception…
  • How often do you need a synthetic oil change?
  • The cars that absolutely require synthetic oil

Synthetic oil: change your perception

Synthetic oil seems to be a buzzword right now, with more and more of us being told that it’s needed for our vehicles. Only a few years ago it seemed that it was only recommended for high-performance cars: now every mechanic seems to be telling us that it’s right for cars as diverse as city runarounds to gas-guzzling muscle cars.

But there’s no getting away from the fact that synthetic oil costs more. But the big question is… Is it worth the money?

To determine the answer to this, it’s necessary to look at the science behind the product.

Synthetic oil lasts longer than a traditional oil, doesn’t degrade as fast, and, therefore, means it doesn’t need to be changed as often.

  • The new synthetic oils in common use today have lower gas compounds and alcohol than those of earlier formulas. This makes them far less likely to cause leaks in worn engines.
  • Synthetic oils are better adapted to high temperatures—something that’s especially important for those living/driving in warm climates.
  • Conversely, they also handle cold temperatures better too. This means better engine protection when starting the engine up.
  • Synthetic oils remain viscous for longer than traditional oils, thanks to their unique formula.
  • Synthetic oils are less likely to be a sludge build-up. One of the key features of engine damage and failure.

All of this boils down to a single crucial feature: Synthetic oils can, quite literally, help prolong the life of the engine. Not only that, but they also save you money in the process as they reduce wear and tear and the associated maintenance costs.

How often do you need a synthetic oil change? 

The good news about synthetic oil is that an engine can go longer between changes than regular oil.  Depending on the car and brand of synthetic oil used, it needs to be changed every 7,500-15,000 miles. You should follow manufacturer advice as to exactly what this is for your particular car marque and model.

The cars that absolutely require synthetic oil

Many newer cars can use synthetic oil. However, most are also suitable for regular oil, as long as it’s changed according to manufacturer advice. However, those that should use the synthetic option include: 

  • High-performance cars
  • Those that do a lot of towing and hauling
  • If you live in an extremely hot or cold climate
  • For those who only ever use their cars for short journeys. This is because the oil and engine never warm up sufficiently to burn off the moisture that gathers and the impurities this contains.
  • Older cars that are renowned for sludge buildups, such as Toyotas, Chrysler, and VWs from the 2000s

Of course, before you make any change from the oil already in your vehicle, be sure to check the owner’s manual or take advice from an oil change specialist.

Visit Autobahn of Boca Today for a Full Synthetic Oil Change

No matter whether your vehicle needs a regular oil change or a synthetic one, Autobahn of Boca’s experienced technicians will advise on what’s best for your vehicle and carry out the work with the minimum of fuss.

Regular oil changes are one of the key aspects of great vehicle maintenance. Find out about our synthetic oil change service here and get in touch today to book your appointment.

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