Synthetic Oil vs. Regular Oil: What’s the Difference?

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At the Texan GMC Buick service center in Humble, we pride ourselves on being able to provide you with the automotive maintenance and service expertise needed. One important part of your vehicle is knowing which gas to use when you fill up. So what’s the difference between synthetic vs. regular oil? Learn more when you check out our helpful service guide.

What is Conventional (Regular) Oil?

Conventional oil, also known as regular oil, is a petroleum-based product that has been used in internal combustion engines for many years. This oil provides lubrication to the internal moving parts as well as reduces wear on the engine. Motor oil such as conventional oil is crude oil that’s mined from the ground. Oil also helps protect your vehicle’s engine from high temperatures.

What is Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic oil is also petroleum based, like regular oil, but it provides an enhanced lubricant with more stability. Synthetic oil oxidizes less easily than conventional oils as well and are better at retaining protective properties. This type of oil is typically more expensive since it’s chemically developed from petrochemicals that make them superior. Synthetic oils also:

  • Are less viscous at lower temperatures
  • Offer enhanced engine cleaning properties
  • Better protect critical turbocharger parts (when equipped)

How Do Full Synthetic vs. Synthetic Blends Differ?

So what’s the difference between synthetic and synthetic blends? Synthetic blends are made up of part synthetic oil and part conventional oil, which helps reduce the cost overall vs. choosing a full synthetic oil. 

It’s also important to note that some vehicles require a full synthetic oil to be used. To be sure about which oil type your vehicle uses, check your owner’s manual or contact our service team to learn more.

Schedule an Oil Change in Humble Now!

When the time comes, schedule a service appointment with our team near Porter to get your vehicle’s oil changed and get you back on the road in no time at all. We also offer service specials to help you save on the maintenance your vehicle needs. Contact our team to learn more or with any questions.

 

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