Motor oil is a multifaceted part of your vehicle, helping your engine stay clean, cool, and fully compressed. In such an extreme environment—your vehicle’s engine—motor oil helps all the components of the crankcase work together, while preventing engine wear between those parts.
Keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape requires regular oil changes. Before changing your oil though, you must choose your oil. Knowing which motor oil is best for your vehicle may be a bit trickier than you think, especially when you start debating between conventional oil and synthetic oil.
Conventional motor oil is made from refined crude oil. Other additives are mixed within the final product to increase the performance of the oil within an engine. However, the consensus is that conventional motor oil needs to be changed more frequently.
These days, because of the quality of newer oils and newer engines, there is no need to change your oil every 3,000 miles. But depending on where you live and what type of driving you do, if you use conventional oil you may need to change your oil every 5,000 miles. The plus side of using conventional oil though is that it’s cheaper than using synthetic oil.
Synthetic motor oil may be more expensive, but it comes with its advantages. Synthetic oils are typically man-made and lack the insoluble materials that exist in conventional motor oils. This keeps synthetic oils cleaner for longer periods of time, making your regularly scheduled oil changes less frequent.
Again, the frequency of an oil change really depends on you and your vehicle, but with synthetic motor oil you could drive for 7,500-10,000 miles before needing an oil change.
If you’re curious about which type of oil is best for you, one of our ASE-certified technicians can help you make an informed decision. We also offer Full Service Oil Changes at our shop in Sedalia, so stop by or give us a call to schedule an appointment.