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Clarksville, MD

12411 Clarksville Pike
(410) 531-6116

Columbia, MD

6810 Oak Hall Lane
(410) 381-1124

Gaithersburg, MD

19300 Woodfield Rd
(301) 963-0660

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Should I Use Synthetic Oil?

June 22, 2017

Wondering whether or not to use synthetic oil in your vehicle? Sadly, the answer isn’t a cut-and-dry yes or no. That said, synthetic is a much better motor oil, all things considered. In fact, 99% of the time you’re going to find that you should use synthetic oil over conventional. Here are some things to consider and the answer to whether or not you should use synthetic oil in your specific vehicle.

How is Synthetic Oil Created?

Synthetic motor oil is not only refined and filtered, it is also distilled, purified, and broken down so that the oil itself is JUST oil – no impurities. For this reason, it can provide superior lubrication for your engine.

Why is Synthetic Oil Best?

Synthetic oil is the best type of oil simply because it is a more pure and consistent lubricant for your engine. It is more resistant to breaking down due to high temperatures and it performs better in cold temperatures. Because of this resiliency, synthetic oil also lasts longer in your vehicle and will need to be changed less frequently.

When Should I use Synthetic Motor Oil?

You can (and should) use synthetic motor oil whenever possible. In fact, it’s probably easier for us to talk about the times when you should not use it. Your local mechanic in Maryland is obviously going to be the first person you should consult with about your vehicle.

Your mechanic will probably only recommend using conventional motor oil in older vehicles because of the simple fact that conventional motor oil is less free-flowing than synthetic. Why does this help? With older vehicles, it’s much more common to have some leaks and cracks and a conventional oil is less likely to seep through these areas than a synthetic oil would be.

As with any question involving your vehicle, it’s best to consult with your regular auto mechanic. They will have worked with your car the longest and know what is best for your vehicle. Your trusted mechanic will be able to help you determine if your car should use conventional or synthetic oil and be able to replace your oil for you.

Don’t have a regular mechanic in the area? Give the professional Maryland auto mechanics at Hillmuth Auto Care a call today. We have the skill and the experience to help you figure out what is best for your car and to help you keep your car running for many miles to come. For more information, give your local Hillmuth Auto Care a call today!


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