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Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil

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When your vehicle is in need of an oil change, you may be wondering about the difference between synthetic vs. conventional oil. What about the benefits of full synthetic oil vs. a synthetic blend? We want to ensure you use the best possible option for your particular make and model here at Robert Basil Cadillac. That is why we have created this helpful guide comparing synthetic oil vs. regular oil. 



What is Conventional (Regular) Oil?

Conventional oil, or “regular” oil, is a petroleum-based substance with a long history of use in internal combustion engines. Its purpose is to lubricate internal parts and minimize wear and tear on the engine. Motor oil is essentially distilled from crude oil that’s mined from the ground. It is also needed to protect your car’s engine from extreme temperatures.

What is Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic oil is also petroleum-based, but what sets it apart is the fact that it provides enhanced lubrication properties and is more stable. Synthetic oils oxidize less easily than conventional oils and they do a better job of retaining protective properties. They’re chemically developed from petrochemicals to provide superior performance. Other perks of synthetic oil include: 

  • Synthetic oil is less viscous at lower temperatures.
  • Synthetic oils provide enhanced engine cleaning properties.
  • Synthetic oils are better at protecting critical turbocharger parts.

Full Synthetic Oil vs. Synthetic Blend 

Not only can you choose from synthetic vs. conventional oil, you also have the option of a synthetic blend. As the name implies, a synthetic blend is a mixture of synthetic oil and conventional oil. This allows you to enjoy some of the benefits of synthetic oil at a lower price. 

Note: Some vehicles require full synthetic oil, so you should check your owner’s manual before choosing a synthetic blend.

Make an Appointment for an Oil Change Today 

Does your vehicle need an oil change near Hamburg or East Aurora? Turn to the experts at Robert Basil Cadillac today. We can get your vehicle back on the roads of West Seneca in no time. Contact us today for more information or set up an appointment online. Don’t forget to check out our current service specials for added savings. 

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