Conventional Versus Synthetic Oil

So you’re in the shop getting a tune-up and the mechanic asks which oil you’d prefer for your oil change. Does your vehicle take conventional or synthetic? And what exactly IS the difference?


Vehicle oil performs an essential function in your automobile’s engine. It acts as a lubricant to keep the parts of the engine moving smoothly. It also absorbs the heat from the friction created, keeping the engine from overheating.


Two main types of engine oil exist- conventional and synthetic.


Conventional Oil

Sometimes called the “dinosaur oil,” conventional oil is created from crude oil that has been removed from the earth using conventional extraction means. Conventional oil is improved with chemical additives to help it meet the requirements of vehicle manufacturers



Synthetic Oil


Synthetic Oil is chemically manufactured. They are distilled, purified and broken down into its basic molecules. This process removes impurities and enables individual molecules in the oil to be tailored to the demands of modern engines. It’s said to be especially beneficial to vehicles with turbocharged engines and for vehicles that drive in stop-and-go traffic regularly, or those that tow heavy loads.



In the debate about conventional oil versus synthetic, the real answer about what will be  a better choice is individual to your vehicle. The best bet is to consult your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s guidance on oil type. We suggest doing a little bit of research on the different brands available so that you’re making the most affordable choice for you.

Want more advice from authorities on vehicle maintenance? Contact Krietz Auto's Service Team directly for more info!

Happy Driving. 
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