In part three of our series, we explore more oil change myths and facts.
Oil Change Myth #3: Sythentic Oil is Not as Good
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Here’s another common oil change myth: synthetic oil is not as good as old-fashioned motor oil. Actually, synthetic oil lasts a considerably longer time than regular motor oil does. On the other side of the debate, some people think that synthetic oil is healthier for the environment than motor oil as it is not a petroleum product. If you get an oil change done with synthetic motor oil, it is better for the environment, but not because of its chemical composition. The chemicals in synthetic oil are as bad for the environment as regular motor oil is, however, since you do not have to change y our motor oil nearly as often, you are reducing the impact on the environment. Don’t believe us? How about this excerpt from the site How Stuff Works: “With today’s technology, synthetics are cleaner and meaner (just not necessarily any greener). Their composition is much cleaner, because it is derived in a laboratory rather than nature, and it has been proven to have a lower volatility and therefore not vaporize out the exhaust as quickly. Synthetics have also been shown to produce less resistance in the engine and therefore offer more horsepower and overall efficiency for the engine. This added horsepower in return means that the engine will be able to perform at the same level as before, but using slightly less gas. Depending on where you drive (dusty, dirty climates), and how much and far you drive (shorter distances don’t heat oil enough to boil off condensation in the engine), you can probably last between oil changes for 10,000, 15,000, on up to 20,000 miles with some brands of synthetic. [READ MORE]
You do want to be aware of one thing regarding synthetic oil, however. As a rule, you’re going to pay a bit more to get synthetic oil in your car than regular motor oil.
OIL CHANGE MYTHS: FINAL THOUGHTS AND QUESTIONS
Can I use synthetic oil in my car? Which type of oil should I use? These questions have no universal answer. It depends on a lot of factors such as your owner’s manual, your car’s mileage and other factors. So how do you get answers to these questions?
Well, do some research on your car online. Look through your owner’s manual, and we can’t stress that enough. And when in doubt, call an auto mechanic.
For more information on when to get an oil change, be sure to read part one and part two as well.