When the time comes to change your car’s engine oil, you face a little question of ‘is synthetic oil any better for my engine?’ You want what is best for your car and at the same time, get the best value for money.
A little fact on synthetic oil is that it begins its life as conventional oil before being chemically modified. The modifications are done to improve the lubricant and protective properties - which are the basic reasons for using engine oil in the first place.
So, it all really depends on a few factors that you should take into account before your next oil change. These factors include the type of vehicle you drive, the driver’s usage, and budget.
Type of Vehicle
There is no substitute for reading your owner’s manual for your vehicle. It will have the recommended oil that you should use, yet, you are welcome to upgrade the oil at any time to give your engine a boost. Before weighing up the pros and cons of engine oils, the most important box to cross off first is having the right viscosity. Everything else is secondary.
Once we know what viscosity/thickness of oil is required, you next need to know some facts on synthetic oil to determine whether it is the best choice for your engine. Against conventional oil, synthetic oil lasts longer as it breaks down at a slower rate. It can also withstand higher temperatures and flows better in the colder months.
Due to these benefits, synthetic oil is usually recommended. Synthetic Oils are proven to enhance performance in high mileage cars and/or to meet severity requirements of high-performance engines. Some synthetics can increase your car's fuel mileage when blended together with special additives.
Depending on what your goal is, synthetic can offer great value for money.
If you’re using your car mainly for short trips or stopping and starting constantly through town, then standard engine oil may not be the best option. The oil will never get to the temperature required to burn off the impurities such as unburnt fuels in the oil, and moisture. These pollutants and can cause accelerated oil degradation, therefore needing more frequent service.
Additionally, if you are using your vehicle to tow or haul heavy materials then synthetic can provide a better protection under the stress. Also, if you are living in a region with very hot or very cold weather – you should be opting for synthetic oil.
While synthetic oil is generally better at giving you extended engine life, you should never extend the time between an oil change. If your manual recommends a certain oil change period stick to it. It's customarily six months or one year.
As we have before stated, synthetic oil can be more pricey, sometimes 3 to 6 times the cost of your conventional oil. However, the fact that synthetic oils will provide much greater protection will leave you glad you chose synthetic over standard mineral.
In summary, you will be saving money or spending around the same if you opt for a synthetic oil or even a synthetic blend. Always check your manufacturers' guide to ensure you have the right viscosity before purchasing. Or save time and check online here with the Sinopec Oil Selector.