Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil – Which is Better?

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So, you’re getting your oil changed and the tech presents you with the synthetic vs. conventional oil option. How is the average Peoria consumer supposed to know which to choose? What’s the difference? Is synthetic worth the extra cost? Ourservice center wants you to make informed choices, so we’ve put together a comparison below to help you with your synthetic oil vs. regular oil debate. But what about synthetic blends? We also do a full synthetic oil vs. synthetic blend comparison as well. 

Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil – Where They Come From

Synthetic oil is created from chemicals mixed specifically to optimize engine performance. Conventional oil, on the other hand, comes straight from the ground, then processed in refineries. That turns out to be an advantage for synthetic oil, especially since many of our East Peoria customers are concerned about using up fossil fuels. 

Synthetic Oil vs. Regular Oil – How They Work in the Engine

Any synthetic vs. conventional oil comparison has to address viscosity, which is the ability of the oil to flow through the engine. Synthetic oil has the advantage here since it flows better at all temperatures because it is cleaner. That means the various parts of your engine are better lubricated with synthetic oil. Synthetic oil also causes less gunk and build up over time. All of this translates to better engine performance, including better gas mileage in many cases. Synthetic oil also has to be changed less frequently than conventional.

Full Synthetic Oil vs. Synthetic Blend

Price is probably the main difference in a full synthetic oil vs. synthetic blend comparison. A synthetic blend is the less expensive option, but sacrifices some of the performance you would get from full synthetic oil, as it is mixed with conventional oil. However, it is still more effective than straight conventional oil. 

Get Your Oil Changed at Mike Murphy Ford of Morton

The trained professionals in our service center would be glad to walk you through a detailed synthetic oil vs. regular oil comparison. Why not schedule an appointment? And, if you’d like to learn more, check out our posts onhow often you should change your oil andwhat happens if you don’t change your oil. We’re just a short drive away from Pekin. So, drop by or contact us today!

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