What if we told you that making a single change to your car maintenance routine could make your engine run better, improve your fuel economy, and help protect your car’s inner workings?
That’s what switching to synthetic oil does for you. You’ve probably only heard that synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional motor oil. But you know what the old adage says: you get what you pay for.
In this post, we’re going to let you know exactly what you get when you pay for the best synthetic oil and why you should do your car (and yourself) the favor of making the switch.
What Is Synthetic Oil?
As the name suggests, “synthetic” oil is, well, synthetic. It’s not 100% natural oil.
Synthetic oil is made through chemical engineering. This creates an oil lubricant that’s free from contaminants like oxygen, nickel, sulfur, nitrogen, other metals, etc.
It’s specifically engineered to be rich in carbon-hydrogen bonds that don’t allow for contaminants or attacks on the molecular composition, which means it’s smoother, more efficient, and more uniform than conventional oil.
What’s the Difference Between Synthetic Oil and Conventional Oil?
As we touched upon, synthetic oil is man-made and engineered to be free of contaminants and as uniform as possible.
Conventional oil, on the other hand, is made from refined crude oil. The refining process cannot free the oil of contaminants (like oxygen, metals, nitrogen, etc). The process where conventional oil is refined also leads to questions of uniformity in the oil.
Conventional oil refining is done by weight, not molecular structure. this means that the oil isn’t uniform and could contain multiple types of chemical structures and molecules that aren’t as effective at lubrication and engine protection.
In short: synthetic oil is engineered to be uniform and free of contaminants. Conventional oil has no guarantee that it doesn’t contain contaminants, and it isn’t as uniform as synthetic oil.
Reasons to Switch to Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants
What do these inherent differences between synthetic and conventional oil mean for your car? Let’s see how switching to synthetic benefits you:
1. Works Better at Low Temperatures
When your car is turned off, the oil stops flowing through the engine. When you start your car up, it takes a while for conventional oil to start flowing smoothly again. This is made worse by cold temperatures. In the cold, conventional oil takes even longer to start flowing.
Without flowing oil in your engine, friction and wear occur more quickly.
Synthetic oil, however, isn’t affected by low temperatures. That means even after sitting overnight in the frigid cold of winter, synthetic oil is engineered to instantly flow quickly and efficiently through the engine.
2. Protects the Engine in High Temperatures
Synthetic oil is also superior to conventional oil in high temperatures.
Engines already generate a lot of heat. In high temperatures, they get even hotter. These high temperatures in your engine can easily cause conventional oils to dissipate/break down. This means that your engine will be less protected from wear, friction, etc.
That’s not the case with synthetic oil. Even at temperature extremes, synthetic oil won’t break down easily like conventional oils. Its engineering allows it to resist those high temperatures and continue working efficiently even in hot climates and high-temperature conditions.
3. Less Wear on Your Engine
Motor oil is designed to flow through the engine to lubricate the parts and prevent wear of the parts. It’s simple: synthetic oil does a better job at protecting your engine from wear.
It breaks down slower, provides more (and better) protection to the parts, reduces friction, and works at all temperatures. This all leads to improved (and longer) protection of your engine’s parts compared to conventional oil.
4. Lasts Longer
You might’ve seen this one coming after the last section: synthetic oil breaks down slower compared to conventional oil, which means it will last longer and, thus, provide protection for your engine for longer.
5. Keeps Your Engine Cleaner
We’ve mostly talked about how oil protects your engine from wear, but it’s also responsible for keeping the engine free of clogs, sludge, deposits, etc.
The oil flows through the engine and picks up any deposits or sludge, clearing it away from the engine. This helps the engine work more efficiently and keeps your engine working for longer.
Remember all of the contaminants and lack of uniformity in conventional oil? Those things make it not as effective at clearing away engine sludge.
Synthetic oil is engineered to be clear of those contaminants. That along with its uniformity in its structure make it more capable of picking up and getting rid of engine sludge.
6. Protects Turbocharged Engines
Turbochargers are a relatively new vehicle part added to many new cars in order to help smaller engines work better and more efficiently. Engines with turbochargers run even hotter and faster than plain ol’ engines, which means they need even more protection from friction and general wear to the parts.
Conventional oils break down in these more extreme temperatures and conditions, which leaves the engine and turbocharger vulnerable to damage, friction, wear, etc. Synthetic oils can handle these extremes, protecting turbocharged engines.
7. Improved Fuel Economy
High-quality synthetic oils increase your engine’s efficiency compared to when you use conventional oil, which leads to improved fuel economy/efficiency. When you switch to Amsoil’s Signature Series Synthetic Oil, for example, you could see up to a 3 mile-per-gallon increase.
Ready to Make the Switch to Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants?
While you might be hung up on the price difference of synthetic vs conventional, think about this: the overall cost to your vehicle for using conventional oil is faster engine wear, less fuel economy, and oil that doesn’t last as long or work as well.
Knowing that, the choice between synthetic vs conventional seems obvious, doesn’t it?
Switching to Amsoil synthetic oil will benefit you and your vehicle’s performance. If you want more information on the best synthetic oils to use in your vehicle, contact us.