The Truth Behind Five Common Synthetic-Oil Misconceptions

Automotive Blog

When it comes to changing the oil in your car, one of the things that you may have wondered about is the value of investing in synthetic oil. Synthetics aren't so new to the market anymore, but they are still the subject of many misconceptions. Here's a look at a few of the things you may have heard and the truth behind them.

Switching to synthetic doesn't have to be a permanent change. Many people mistakenly believe that once they make the change to a synthetic oil they cannot go back to a conventional product again. The fact is that synthetic blends actually contain a mixture of synthetic and conventional oil, so you can make the switch at any oil change. Just remember that any time you top up the oil in your car, you should use the same type that's already in there.

The age of the vehicle doesn't matter when it comes to choosing synthetics. Some car owners believe that the lower viscosity of synthetic oils will be incompatible with the seals in older cars, causing leaks in places where conventional oils won't. This isn't the case. The seals in older cars will hold the same as those in newer models, allowing you to use either type of oil regardless of the year of the car.

New cars don't need to be broken in with conventional oil before using a synthetic product. You can use synthetic oil even in brand-new engines. In fact, some car manufacturers deliver cars straight from the factory with synthetic oil in them.

You won't void the warranty by using synthetic oil. Unless it is specifically stated in your warranty paperwork, you can use either synthetic or conventional oil in your car's engine with no effect on the validity of the warranty.

Your car won't consume more oil just because you use synthetics. Mechanically sound engines won't leak oil whether you're using a synthetic or a conventional product. In fact, the oxidation stability and lower volatility of the synthetic oil may actually encourage lower oil consumption.

If your car is ready for an oil change, talk with your local mechanic about the benefits of switching to a synthetic oil for your car. Now that you understand the basics of synthetic oils and the truth behind some of these misconceptions, you can make an educated decision about whether or not synthetic oil is right for your car.


6 January 2017

Why I Love Working on Cars

My dad was a mechanic, but I never had any interest in cars when I was young. My dream was to become an accountant, and that is what I do for a living today. When I began my career, the stress of my job began to take a toll on me. One day, I visited my dad, and like usual, I talked to him while he was fixing up a car in our garage. He told me to switch places with him and began telling me what to do with them to help him repair the car. After just a half-hour or so, I felt more relaxed than I had in months. The rest is history, as they say, and I am now passionate about automobiles and auto repair. I also find blogging very relaxing, so I decided to combine my favorite hobbies and start an auto blog!