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If you own a vehicle, you should know how important it is to have its oil changed regularly. What you might not know is the difference between getting a regular oil change and a synthetic oil change. The first difference you’ll notice is the cost, but there are reasons why synthetic costs more.

Conventional, or regular motor oil, is a lubricant and is derived directly from crude oil. Conventional oil provides lubrication at high temperatures and can maintain stability over a long period of time. On the other hand, synthetic oil starts off as conventional oil before it’s modified to improve its lubricating and protective properties.

Certain types of synthetic oil are a great option for increasing the performance and lifespan of high-mileage vehicles. Others are specifically designed for high-performance engines. Some types of synthetic oil can even increase your vehicle’s fuel mileage. Here are some other advantages that synthetic oil offers over conventional oil.

  • Stability – Synthetic oils will maintain their viscosity at higher temperatures for longer periods of time. The oil will stick to engine parts easier which provides better protection. It also helps protect your engine from dry starts, which happen when your vehicle has been sitting for a long period of time.
  • Lubrication – Improved lubrication increases the oil’s ability to keep engine parts slick at high temperatures. This helps to decrease wear over the long term which can make your engine last longer.
  • Reduced Breakdown – Synthetic oils don’t break down as much, meaning that they don’t need to be changed as often as conventional oils. While a synthetic oil change may be more expensive, you might not need it as often, which will save you money over time.
  • Fewer Deposits – Conventional oil leaves deposits on engine components which is sometimes referred to as sludge or scaling. Synthetic oil leaves fewer deposits than conventional oil does.

Fast Eddie’s Wash and Lube provides a variety of oil change services in Michigan.