Should I Use Synthetic Oil in My Car?

Did you know that Jackson, MI, gets 34 inches of rain and 38 inches of snow on average each year? It gets cold in the winter in Jackson. This is one reason why Ultimate Auto Repair might recommend synthetic oil for your car, truck or SUV. Synthetic oil stands up to freezing temperatures better than conventional oil does, which means your engine will run more efficiently when the mercury drops.

Synthetic Differences

Conventional motor oil is manufactured from crude pulled from the ground. Because conventional motor oil is organic, it is more susceptible to breakdown. In the winter, conventional motor oil will coagulate or freeze, which is why you have to let your vehicle warm up for several minutes before you drive it to allow the convention oil to loosen up and circulate through the engine.

Synthetic motor oil is manmade and it contains additives that prevent it from coagulating or freezing in cold temperatures. When you start your vehicle in the morning, synthetic oil doesn’t need to defrost. It will circulate through the motor and lubricate parts right away. This is what makes synthetic different from conventional motor oil; it holds up better in extreme temperatures.

Michigan Winters

Michigan winters are harsh, which is one reason why the state is so beautiful. All that moisture, frozen or not, keeps everything green and fresh. Synthetic motor oil will not lose its viscosity in icy conditions and, for the record, it doesn’t lose it in hot weather, either. If you park your vehicle outside, you should use synthetic motor oil in your car. It will stand up to the winter temperatures and outdoor elements.

Other Synthetic Oil Benefits

Because synthetic oil is manmade, it stays cleaner and lasts longer. This motor oil does not lose its viscosity as quickly as conventional motor oil does. It also doesn’t gunk, if you will, because it’s not an organic compound. Drivers who use synthetic motor oil in their vehicles don’t have to worry about an oil change every 3,000 miles. Rather, they can go as far as 7,500 or 10,000 miles between changes.

In fact, certain BMW models can go as far as 15,000 miles between oil changes, but that isn’t always recommended. Depending on how much you drive, you still want to make sure you change your oil when you should to avoid engine damage. Because synthetic motor oil isn’t a fossil fuel, it’s also better for the environment. It is superior to conventional motor oil in many ways.

Ultimate Auto Repair is located in Jackson, MI, and we offer our customers both synthetic and conventional motor oil. Call us today to schedule an oil change.


Accessibility Toolbar