Few ongoing maintenance tasks are more important than oil changes. Following recommended guidelines for getting one ensures that your engine’s moving parts receive proper lubrication, preventing excess friction and overheating. However, the type of oil you get can also make a difference for your vehicle.
Conventional motor oil is derived from crude oil. This is what most drivers get when they schedule an oil change. Conventional oil delivers good performance for average drivers and generally has an expected life span of 5,000 miles. Conventional oil is also the cheapest option available.
Synthetic oils are an artificial creation derived from base and carrier oils and enhanced with special additives. Synthetic oils are frequently used for performance vehicles or cars that operate in extreme temperatures because they have fewer impurities and a uniform molecular size. This helps reduce sludge formation, which further protects engine components against wear and tear. Some of the additives can even help clean the engine.
Because of these performance benefits, some manufacturers require synthetic oil for their vehicles. While it is more expensive than other options, it also does not need to be changed as frequently. Some blends last for over 10,000 miles.
A synthetic blend serves as an in-between solution. Synthetic blends may be less refined than full synthetics, or they may blend synthetic and conventional oil. As a result, they offer better performance than standard oil, while being less expensive (and less efficient) than a pure synthetic.
Whether you need an oil change or transmission repair, you can count on Fort Mitchell Garage. Serving Kenton County, KY, for over 100 years, our ASE®-certified auto repair experts will keep your vehicle in top shape. To learn more about our services or to make an appointment, visit us online or call (859) 431-3326.