Synthetic Oil vs Conventional Oil

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Need an oil change? When you visit the service center at Honda of Slidell, you’ll have two oil options: Synthetic and conventional. But what is synthetic oil and what oil do you need for your car? To help you answer the question of synthetic oil vs conventional oil, we created this comparison of synthetic and conventional oil. Our neighbors in Slidell, Picayune, and St. Tammany Parish should read on to learn about the differences between these two engine oil options and if you have any questions or are interested in getting a synthetic oil change, contact our service center today.

What is Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic Oil

Developed in 1929 to accommodate high-performing jets and vehicles, synthetic oil is a man-made oil constructed with additives designed to improve engine performance. These additives allow for less friction, fewer deposits, and a cleaner engine that perform better in cold and extreme weather conditions. Over time, as technology became more advanced, vehicles and machinery needed to perform at higher levels which therefore increased the need for synthetic oil in everyday consumer vehicles. There are several oil grades offered, but every grade is manufactured with additives to help improve performance.  

How Are Synthetic Oil and Conventional Oil Different?

Synthetic oil differs from conventional oil when it comes to its level of refinement. In synthetic oil, there is scientific control over molecular size and purity that lowers friction, reduces engine sludge, and increases performance. Additives in the synthetic oil also help to clean the engine of deposits meaning it burns cleaner, thickens slower, and contains fewer deposits.

These two main differences help synthetic engine oil to last longer than conventional oil. Traditional oil should be changed every 7,500 miles or every six months to remove impurities and ensure your engine continues to run smoothly and efficiently. On the other hand, synthetic oils should be changed 15,000 miles or once a year, helping you to spend more time on the road enjoying the ride.

What Oil Do I Need for My Car?

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When it comes to engine oil, either synthetic or conventional oil will provide adequate performance. However, synthetic engine oil may be a better option for you due to the additives that allow for the oil to last and perform at its peak for longer. If you’re deciding which oil is better for your car, consider the mileage you put on your car, how often you want to service it, and the type of performance you’re looking for.

Get A Synthetic Oil Change Today!

Now that you’ve learned about synthetic oil is, you may be interested in getting an oil change with this scientifically refined oil. Car owners in Slidell, Picayune, and St. Tammany Parish can visit the service center at Honda of Slidell for all their routine maintenance needs such as synthetic oil changes. If you have any questions about what oil you need for your car or if you want to learn more about your synthetic oil, contact our dealership today and we’ll happily assist you in any way we can.