Conventional Oil Changes vs. Synthetic Oil Changes

January 17th, 2017

If you’ve ever gotten your car’s oil changed, you may have been asked if you would like a synthetic blend or full-synthetic oil change, instead of a conventional oil change. Though you have probably heard the terminology before, you may not be sure exactly what it is or, more importantly, it might be a good thing for your car.

Synthetic oil is, as it sounds, an engine lubricant, which has been artificially created from chemical compounds. Conventional oil on the other hand is refined from naturally occurring crude oil. Synthetic oil is generally thinner, resists temperature extremes better and generally lasts longer than conventional oil. From a car owner’s perspective, the most important feature, may be that by getting a synthetic oil change means you have less frequent oil changes than conventional oil.

Recommended oil change intervals may vary by vehicle manufacturers, in general conventional oil changes should occur every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If you get a synthetic oil change, you can bump that to 6,000 to 7,500 miles.

Here at CJ’s Tire & Automotive, we use Valvoline Oil products. We like to refer to our oil changes as good, better and best.

Good – Valvoline Premium Conventional Oil
“Daily Engine Protection”

  • Helps to keep the engine clean by minimizing deposit formation
  • Resists oil thickening by providing solid oxidation control
  • Improve gas mileage with the most commonly recommended grades by reducing friction*
  • Provide anti-wear protection exceeding current U.S., Japanese and European wear tests for gasoline engines where each grade is specified

* 5W-20, 5W-30 and 10W-30

Better – Valvoline MaxLife™ Synthetic Blend Oil
“Designed for use in majority of vehicles, regardless of age or mileage”

  • Formulated with seal conditioners and anti-wear agents to fight against the four major signs of engine wear: Reduced Power, Oil Leaks, Loss of Fuel Economy, Increased Oil Consumption
  • Special seal conditioners rejuvenate seals in high-mileage vehicles within the engine block to help prevent oil leaks
  • Additional friction-reducing additives help enhance fuel efficiency and horsepower for high-mileage vehicles
  • Increased anti-oxidants reduce oil breakdown to help prevent engine-clogging sludge and deposit formation
  • Enhanced detergents bond to metal surfaces to help prevent deposit formation
  • Specially formulated to meet the needs of vehicles as they age past 75,000 miles; its advanced formula can also be used in newer cars to help prevent the causes of engine breakdown before they begin

Best – Valvoline Full Synthetic Oil with MaxLife™ Technology
“Highest level of protection”

  • 40% more anti-wear film than Mobil 1* to protect the important metal surfaces of your engine
  • Special seal conditioners rejuvenate seals within the engine block to help prevent oil leaks
  • Increased anti-oxidants reduce oil breakdown to help prevent engine-clogging sludge and deposit formation
  • Additional friction-reducing additives help enhance fuel efficiency and horsepower
  • Shear stable viscosity modifiers help prevent viscosity breakdown
  • Enhanced detergents bond to metal surfaces to help prevent deposit formation
  • Additional advanced ashless anti-wear agents help prevent premature engine wear
  • FSwMT is specially formulated to meet the needs of vehicles as they age past 75,000 miles; its advanced formula can also be used in newer cars to help prevent the causes of engine breakdown before they begin

* Based on anti-wear film generated in Cameron Plint Test, Valvoline Full Synthetic with MaxLife Technology 5W-30 vs Mobil 1 5W-30.

Find out more about Valvoline products here.

Oil changes are one of the most important services you can have preformed on your car. Whether you opt for a conventional or synthetic oil change, it is an important preventative maintenance service, which can extend the life of your car. It is also a good time for a certified automotive professional to get under the hood of you car and find any upcoming problems. They can identify other serious problems and fix them before you are left on the side of the road.

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