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What is the Difference Between A Conventional, Semi-Synthetic, and Synthetic Oil Change?

Getting to know the different types of engine oils and what they can do is one of the first steps needed prior to an oil change. Plus, knowing the type of car you drive, its age, and the amount of driving you do in a given time frame should be sufficient to give you a good start. Thankfully, there are many types from which to choose, and reviewing them with your mechanic at your next appointment is a must.

Pure synthetic oils are best suited for those who drive longer distances and live in areas with harsher climates. It can protect your engine from freezing while helping your car give you the optimal performance you deserve. Plus, it's so refined with excellent additives that it can clear out the sludge from your engine and give your vehicle a much greater lifespan than average. It even helps with delivery vehicles that carry heavy loads for longer distances by providing greater friction while driving.

Semi-synthetic is a hybrid of pure synthetic and mineral oils, which are somewhat cheaper and still allow for some level of quality performance. The main risk is in the residue, which is typically leftover from the mineral ingredient. The accumulation will affect engine performance at some point and may even run the risk of eventual breakdown. A purer brand is best for optimal performance.

Those living on a much tighter budget would fare a lot better with conventional oil for their engine. Made of 100% mineral oil, this blend serves its purpose better with people who drive less than the average person. Plus, it can still perform some of the basic functions of keeping your engine parts lubricated while in motion. The main difference is that it may lack the ability to keep your engine sludge-free, and that's something to think about if you happen to be a frequent driver.

Good motor oil is the lifeblood of your car, and choosing the right type is critical to the health of your engine. Getting it changed every 3,000 miles will keep your engine solvent for many years. When it's time for an oil change, simply bring your vehicle into our shop today. The rest is done for you.