You've read the claims - better performance, longer life, improved mileage. But do these statements mean that MY car or truck needs synthetic oil to function properly? How can I decide synthetic oil is the right choice for my vehicle?

Synthetic oils are composed of a base oil and performance additives dispersed in a carrier oil. Manufacturers use proprietary blends extracted from crude oil and then distilled to remove impurities. The chemicals added to the oil create uniform oil molecules which function better as lubricants.

These oils can reduce engine wear, increase intervals between oil changes, and function better in extreme hot and cold temperatures. The majority of new cars today use synthetic or synthetic blends. High-mileage vehicles also can use synthetic oil. Synthetic's higher cost may reduce other maintenance expenditures over the life of your vehicle. However, you should always consult your owner's manual for specific motor oil recommendations.

 

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