What’s the difference between Synthetic and Conventional Motor Oil?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 9:08 pm
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Depending on how often you drive, you likely get your vehicle’s oil changed a few times a year. But how much have you thought about what kind of oil you’re putting in your car? Your engine’s oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle, so learning a thing or two about the importance of motor oil and which kind is best suited for your vehicle can’t hurt. Keep reading to learn about the similarities and differences between conventional and synthetic motor oil, and find out why it matters which kind of motor oil your vehicle takes.


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Synthetic Motor Oil vs. Conventional Motor Oil

Conventional motor oil is refined from crude oil, while synthetic motor oil is man-made using chemical compounds designed to feature the best aspects of crude oil. As a result, synthetic oil features fewer contaminants, which leads to a lower risk of engine sludge and buildup. As a result of being cleaner and more refined, synthetic motor oil will flow better (higher viscosity) regardless of the temperature of the engine.

Synthetic motor oil does not break down nearly as fast as conventional motor oil. So while you may be used to changing your oil every 3,000 miles or so with conventional oil, you’ll likely only need to replace your synthetic oil about once every 6,000-7,500 miles!

Simply put, synthetic motor oil is just better for your vehicle. In fact, many vehicles are now manufactured featuring engines that require synthetic motor oil. When you’re checking out the inventory of pre-owned vehicles at Buy Direct Truck Centre, ask a knowledgeable member of our team which type of oil is recommended!


Why does it matter what type of oil I use?

Motor oil lubricates and cools your engine, therefore it is pretty important when it comes to the overall operation of your vehicle’s engine. Motor oil that is low quality or is dirty and old will not be able to properly lubricate the many moving parts of your engine, leaving it susceptible to overheating or having further damage. The higher the quality of the oil and the more frequently it is changed, the better.

2 Responses to “What’s the difference between Synthetic and Conventional Motor Oil?”

  1. Conventional motor oil is a lubricant that is derivative directly from crude oil. … Improved Lubrication – Best synthetic oils have added lubricants that increase the ability of the oil to keep engine parts slick, especially at high temperatures. This decreases wear over the long term, and may make your engine last longer.

  2. William D Money says:

    How often should i change the oil in my 2015 GMC Canyon?

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