We have all been there. You’re in the auto department store shopping for oil. In one hand you have conventional oil, in the other, a bottle of synthetic oil. Which one do you choose? Do you go by price? How about what your friend told you to use? Stop! Put both bottles down and head back to the parking lot. Open your glove box and read what your owner’s manual suggests. The owner’s manual will provide you with the recommendation from the automaker. And therein lies the answer you have been searching for.
Taken straight from Earth and then processed to become useable in your vehicle, conventional oil contains different additives that protect your engine. These additives provide proper heat tolerance and breakdown resistance that an engine requires. Conventional oil is inexpensive and consequently gets a bad reputation as the “less effective” oil. However, this is not completely true. It is true that conventional oil requires more frequent oil changes but it is recommended by many professionals as long as it complies with your owner’s manual.
Which cars benefit from conventional oil?
Conventional oil should be used for most older engines because of its thick molecular structure. Older engines tend to have bigger gaps between parts and using a thicker oil can prevent leaks. Drivers who do not have added strain on their vehicle can benefit from conventional oil as well. Added strain can include spending time in stop and go traffic, exposure to extreme heat or cold, or using the vehicle for towing.
Synthetic oil was created in high tech labs by men in large white jackets, andhave been improving the longevity and effectiveness of motor oils for over twenty years. In the year 2014, more and more auto manufacturer’s recommend synthetic oil for their vehicles. Synthetic oils take much longer to break down than traditional oils, so engines can go longer without an oil change. Synthetic oils provide additional lubrication in extreme temperatures and also work better in stop and go traffic, short mileage trips, and on hard working engines. It truly has more benefits than conventional oil, but these benefits certainly come at a higher sticker price.
Why don’t we just use synthetic oil for every engine?
Synthetic oils are much more expensive and have a smaller molecular structure than traditional oils. If you have an older engine, synthetic oil can seep through gaps and create leaks. Some drivers have reported that their older engines became much louder when using synthetic oil.
Choosing the Right Oil for Your Vehicle:
When you’re in the aisle deciding on which oil to choose, remember to first read your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Whatever the automaker’s recommendation is will work best for your car. What you need to look out for is the API service rating on the bottle. If it has this rating, you are good to go.
Need Additional Help?
If you’re still unsure whether conventional or synthetic oil is right for your car, visit the Infiniti Service Department at Salerno Duane Infiniti. Their professional service team is willing and able to help you make the right selection for your car. Conveniently located at 3013 RT. 10 East Denville, NJ 07834, Salerno Duane INFINITI is your premier INFINITI auto dealer. Stop by their showroom today or schedule a test drive.