Types of Motor Oil

Conventional Oil

Conventional Oil is the cheapest and by far the most used and preferred oil among all car owners. Despite the fact that the oil does not last as long as synthetic and does not perform as well as synthetic, its inexpensive nature is what keeps the oil high in demand. The lubricant is found to generate the most amounts of pollutants, sulfur being the supreme as it is burnt. In fact,the lubricant degrades much faster in comparison to other lubes and diminishes when subjected to high temperatures. Most of the oil change companies suggest that conventional oil should be changed every 3000 miles, although many experts out there say that with the newer cars even conventional oil can last much longer than 3000 miles.


Full Synthetic oil

Synthetic lubricant is ideal for cars expected to deliver high performance. A few falling in this genre are sports/luxury cars, and cars mainly used for racing. Unlike Conventional oil which is produced by distillation and further refining of existing crude oil, synthetic oil is a man made oil through chemical reaction. Full synthetic oil is made up of the same ingredients as conventional oil but these ingredients are recombined to enhance the quality of the oil and extend its durability. Synthetic oil molecules are much more consistent in shape and size which allows it to withstand extreme engine temperatures. Synthetic oil can withstand temperatures that would normally oxidize and evaporate regular conventional oil. Also conventional oil contains small amounts of sulfur, wax, and asphaltic material that can promote deterioration and sludge buildup. Since synthetic oil is chemically produced none of these contaminants are present making it a much better oil for your car. Most oil companies recommend changing full synthetic oil every 7500 miles but some companies claim that their synthetic oil can last up to 15000 miles.


Synthetic Blend Oil

As evident by the name, the synthetic blend oil is a mixture of organic conventional oil with a dose of synthetic oil. Available at a little higher price than conventional oils, it usually costs much less than the full synthetic oils. An excellent substitute for full synthetic oils, they tend to last longer and generate fewer fumes in comparison to conventional oils. Synthetic blend oil is a good choice for drivers who put heavy loads on the engines such as towing or off roading. Many of the oil companies suggest changing Synthetic Blend oil every 5000 miles.


High Mileage Oil

High Mileage oil is recommended for vehicles with over 75 000 miles on the odometer. High Mileage Oil is designed to slow the aging process for engine parts and extend performance life of your vehicle. The oil helps to condition engine seals, reduce leaks/deposits, and lower oil consumption in older vehicles. High Mileage Oil is usually slightly enhanced synthetic blend oil so the price of high mileage oil is typically very similar to synthetic blend oil.


How to determine the type of oil that is required for your vehicle?

Owner’s manual is one of the most important tools that many car owners fail to utilize properly. If you take a few minutes to go over your vehicle owner’s manual you will be able to find exactly what type of oil is required for your vehicle.Additionally, your owner’s manual will include  instructions on how often you should change your oil and the oil viscosity grade that is required for your car.