Synthetic Oil Change Interval
These days, more and more vehicles are recommending synthetic oil to help your engine run efficiently. A lot of that is thanks to more complex engine assemblies, properly engineered for synthetic oil. If you’re driving in Slidell, Picayune, and St. Tammany Parish, and your car has synthetic oil, you may be wondering when to change it.
The Honda of Slidell service team is here to provide that all-important oil change to keep your engine (and car) running smoothly. Continue reading to learn more about synthetic oil, and be sure to schedule your oil change with us today.
How Often Should I Change My Oil?
If your car uses synthetic oil, it’s best to find out what your owner’s manual says about changing it. Most cars today do come with synthetic oil, so be sure to have your owner’s manual on hand. If you don’t, the general rule is that you’ll likely have to change it somewhere between 7,500 and 10,000 miles.
There are some factors that could change this interval, just like regular oil. If you often find yourself in stop-and-go traffic, for instance, your oil likely won’t last as long as the commuter out on the highway every day with few presses of the brake pedal.
That old rule about changing the oil every 3,000 miles has gone out the window thanks to synthetic oil. Since synthetic oil is more resistant to breaking down, it simply lasts longer.
What Is Synthetic Oil?
Conventional oil has been around since the days of the first vehicles. Crude oil is refined and distilled to help make this oil, and it’s modified with various additives. Synthetic oil is a bit different. It may start with a crude oil base, but it’s modified and refined in a lab setting. Generally speaking, synthetic oil is a purer substance, and is more stable than regular oil.
Conventional oil is known to thicken in cooler weather, and during hot weather, it thins out. On the other hand, synthetic oil is built to handle both extremes, though of course, here in our area, we don’t deal too much with extreme cold.
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How to Know If Oil Should Be Replaced
Just like conventional oil, synthetic oil will let you know when it needs to be replaced. Keep an eye on the dashboard area for any lights letting you know it’s time to change the oil.
If you’ve noticed a decrease in performance or the engine seems sluggish to respond when pressing down on the accelerator, that’s a sure sign the oil isn’t doing its job as it once did.
Also, be on the lookout for any oil smells inside the cabin. If you notice a burnt odor and haven’t had the oil changed in a while, pop the hood and check the oil level. You may need to get a synthetic oil change at our dealership.
Schedule Your Next Oil Change Today!
Before you head on that next trip to Slidell, Picayune, or St. Tammany Parish, consider whether it’s time for an oil change. The Honda of Slidell service team will be there to provide a synthetic oil change for you. Schedule an appointment on our website today!