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Differences Between Synthetic and Conventional Oil

Even the newest drivers know that their vehicle requires oil. They know to take it to the dealership, ask for an oil change and then bring it back at the recommended time for another one. But, when the technician asks whether they want synthetic or conventional, do they know how to answer?

Synthetic and conventional oils are different in many ways, and it's important to know which one works for your vehicle and your lifestyle. That's why we've provided this information to help you make an informed decision about your vehicle's service.

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Synthetic Oil

One of the easiest ways to sum up synthetic oil is that it's more refined than conventional oil. It's put through additional processes like distillation and purification in order to take out impurities and tailor individual molecules to better suit the design of modern engines. This type of oil can help your engine resist overheating, enhance its durability and clean out residue deposits.

Synthetic blend motor oil is synthetic oil combined with different types of conventional oils. It's recommended for engines that carry heavy loads and operate at a high RPM on a regular basis. If you tow trailers often or haul around a great deal of equipment or luggage, this may be the ideal oil for you. Synthetic blend motor oil can also include high-mileage motor oil, which is specifically designed with additives to meet the needs of vehicles with 75,000 or more miles on the engine.

Conventional Oil

While conventional oil may not be as "refined" as synthetic oil, it comes in a varied range of viscosity levels and lubricant quality. If you simply use your vehicle for commuting to work or school, running errands and vacationing, conventional oil should be enough to meet your engine's needs.

That being said, many newer vehicles may require more specific types of synthetic oil. At the end of the day, it's always best to check with your user manual and mechanic to know for sure which type of oil to use for your engine.

If you’re interested in learning more about getting your oil changed in Savannah, GA, drop by Chatham Parkway Toyota at 7 Park of Commerce Way, Savannah, GA 31405. We look forward to serving our customers from Brunswick, Hinesville and Hilton Head Island.