When you get an oil change, it’s always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we’re asked if we’d like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We take one glance at the price tags choose the cheaper of the two. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for Reno drivers.
Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil completely man-made or more highly refined petroleum. Its molecules are more uniform. This provides advantages over conventional motor oil.
First of all, the molecular structure of synthetic motor oil makes it more slippery than conventional oil so it lubricates better. This translates to better wear protection for Reno drivers, cooler operating temperatures, and more engine power.
Further, synthetic oil is more heat-resistant than conventional oil, and it doesn’t vaporize as easily. It provides better protection for severe conditions like stop-and-go driving around Reno and very hot or freezing Nevada temperatures.
Also, synthetic oil doesn’t generate oil sludge like conventional oil. This can significantly extend the working life of your vehicle engine by preventing small engine passageways from becoming clogged.
Manufacturers are aware of the advantages of synthetic oil, and many of them are using it to fill their vehicles before delivering them to be sold. Many owner’s manuals now come with the recommendation to use only synthetic oil. Because synthetic oil wears better and protects better than conventional motor oil, it can be changed less often. You may have noticed that the recommended period between oil changes is longer than what you’re used to if your vehicle came with a manufacturer recommendation for synthetic oil. However, if you switch to conventional oil, you need to be aware that you can’t follow this longer service interval. You’ll have to change your oil more often.
On the other hand, by switching from conventional to synthetic oil, you may be able to lengthen the time between oil changes. You can ask the pros at Wayne’s Automotive Center for more information. By using your driving habits and requirements, they can offer you good auto advice about oils and service intervals.
Oil changes are the hallmark of preventive maintenance at Wayne’s Automotive Center. All Reno drivers need them. So we should get excited about a product that reduces how often we need them. Synthetic oil is more expensive, yes, but it can pay for itself by lasting longer than conventional oil. There’s a good chance synthetic oil actually saves you money in the long run when you add in the hidden savings of an extended engine life and improved fuel economy, not to mention increased engine power. All Reno drivers pay for vehicle care. But understanding what we’re paying for can make us more savvy shoppers.