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What Are the Different Types of Motor Oil?

Motor oil is a necessity for most vehicle engines. They are necessary to lubricate and protect your engine from wear and tear. Engine oil comes in a variety of brands, prices, and types. It can be daunting to face the question - “what kind of oil do you need?”. But truthfully, all you have to do is look in your owner’s manual if you aren’t sure.

In today’s blog, we will discuss the different types of motor oil – conventional oil, synthetic oil, and synthetic blend.

  • Conventional Oil - Conventional oil is the most basic or standard form of oil that has been around for ages. Unlike the other types of oil, conventional oil is natural. It is the most affordable option when you need an oil that simply does the job. With technology and advancements, there’s no such thing as “bad oil” on the market today. You can expect satisfactory performance from conventional oil. This oil requires to be changed approximately every 3,000 miles. 
  • Synthetic Oil - Synthetic oil is man-made oil that is chemically engineered in a lab. Because of this, synthetic motor oil is more consistent and offers added protection when compared to conventional oil. The downside of synthetic oil is that it costs more than the traditional oil type. However, drivers can go longer between each change, saving them time and money in the long run.
  • Synthetic Blends/Semi-Synthetic Oil - Synthetic blend oils are a hybrid of the two oils mentioned above. It captures the benefits of synthetic oil without being as expensive. If you want a middle-ground option, start with this oil.

Can You Switch From Conventional to Synthetic Oil?

Switching between the different types of oils is harmless, and it will not damage the engine. As long as you keep up with your oil change and maintenance intervals, your engine will be protected.

If you have any questions about oil changes or considering switching from one oil to another, please consult with our professional technicians at Four Car Garage today. We look forward to seeing you!

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