Difference Between Synthetic vs. Regular Oil

When you schedule an oil change, you’ll need to choose between synthetic oil and regular oil. Most cars take regular oil, but some types of high-performance vehicles are recommended to use only synthetic oil. However, any car owner can put synthetic oil in their car if they prefer it. Unsure of the difference between synthetic vs. regular oil? You’re not alone. Rick Hendrick Chevrolet has the answers North Charleston drivers are seeking in the guide below!

What is Regular Oil?

Regular oil, also known as conventional oil, has been used in internal combustion engines for years. It is a petroleum based product that helps lubricate the engine’s mechanical components for smooth performance in Mount Pleasant, while also helping reduce engine wear and preventing the engine from overheating. Conventional oil is distilled from crude oil mined from the ground.

What is Synthetic Oil?

Like regular oil, synthetic oil is petroleum based. However, it’s more stable and may provide better lubrication than regular oil. Synthetic oil is more expensive than regular oil, but the higher price comes with a few advantages. For one, synthetic oil is less prone to oxidation than regular oil. And, it’s better at retaining protective properties for longer periods.

In addition to protecting your engine for longer, you will enjoy the following benefits if you choose synthetic oil vs. regular oil:

  • Synthetic oil is better able to maintain its fluidity at low temperatures
  • Contains special properties that help keep the engine clean
  • Regarding engines with turbochargers, synthetic oil is better at protecting critical components

Full Synthetic Oil vs. Synthetic Blends

If after comparing synthetic oil vs. regular oil you’ve determined that you would prefer synthetic for your car, you may want to continue on to compare full synthetic oil vs. synthetic blends. Synthetic blends are a good choice for James Island drivers who want better performance from their oil, but aren’t keen on paying the higher price for full synthetic. Synthetic blends contain part synthetic and part conventional oil, so they’re able to be offered at cheaper prices while providing better properties and performance than just regular oil.

Remember, some vehicles require full synthetic oil only, so it’s important to be familiar with your owner’s manual in order to keep your car running smoothly at all times.

Schedule Your Next Oil Change in Charleston

Is your vehicle due for its next scheduled oil change? Whether you prefer synthetic or conventional oil, we offer great prices and friendly service at the Rick Hendrick Chevrolet service department! Schedule a service visit online to get started, and contact us if you have any additional questions.

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