Synthetic Oil Change Interval

At Honda of Slidell, we recommend a synthetic oil change interval of 7,500 miles or roughly twice per year for the average driver. By scheduling routine oil changes, your vehicle’s engine will remain in top-notch condition!

If you need to have this simple service done in the Slidell, St. Tammany Parish, or Picayune areas, contact our service center and we’ll do our best to keep your car in great shape and ready to go.

Synthetic Oil vs Conventional Oil

Like many drivers, you’ve probably had synthetic oil recommended to you by a factory-certified technician, but why is this? What’s the difference between synthetic oil vs. conventional oil?

  • Conventional Oil: Conventional oil is crude oil that’s been pumped from the ground, distilled, and refined.  
  • Synthetic Oil: Synthetic oil has the same beginnings as conventional oil but takes it a step further, getting purified and broken down to the molecular level. It can then be tailored to the demanding needs of today’s high-powered engines.  

It’s this refinement process that makes synthetic oil the preferred oil for most modern vehicles.

Does My Car Need Synthetic Oil?

While your car doesn’t necessarily need synthetic oil, it’s highly recommended for a variety of reasons:

  • Synthetic oil can help prevent friction damage

Engine oil has the important job of lubricating the rapidly moving parts inside your engine and protecting them from damaging friction. Over time, conventional oil can break down as it moves around your engine, which leaves behind impurities and creates a thick sludge that reduces its effectiveness.

Synthetic oil, on the other hand, has removed many of these impurities, which means it’s more resistant to sludging and better able to keep your engine clean and well-lubricated for longer periods of time.

  • Synthetic oil has a longer oil change interval

As we mentioned, conventional oil usually breaks down sooner than synthetic oil, which means it needs to be changed approximately every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Synthetic oil, however, can go 7,500 to 10,000 miles between changes.

  • Synthetic oil regulates temperature better

In addition to lubrication, engine oil serves the function of regulating your engine’s temperature and preventing overheating. Since synthetic oil can resist heat better than conventional oil, it tends to be much more effective at regulating temperature. This is especially useful for today’s turbocharged and high-output engines.

  • Synthetic oil can improve vehicle performance

When your engine oil is clean and fresh, it keeps all the engine parts operating smoothly and at peak performance. Dirty oil, on the other hand, can reduce fuel economy, cause sluggish acceleration, and result in other performance issues. Since conventional oil is more prone to thickening, you may notice a faster performance decline.

In contrast, synthetic oil has shown to reduce emissions, improve fuel economy, and can even extend your engine’s lifespan.

How Often Should I Change Synthetic Oil?

To keep your car in tip-top shape, we recommend a synthetic oil change interval of 7,500 miles. If you think you’re due-or you don’t remember the last time you changed your oil-contact the service center at Honda of Slidell. We’ll get your engine tuned up and ready to hit the road.

Drivers around St. Tammany Parish, Picayune, and Slidell can contact us to schedule a synthetic oil change today!

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