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What are the advantages of using synthetic oil in LA?
Most LA drivers spend a lot of time in their vehicle. Besides the notorious traffic, close proximity to various climates mean your vehicle must be ready to perform in both hot and cold driving conditions. From long drives in the hot desert sun to ice covered roads in snow capped mountains, it is essential to use a motor oil that performs well in extreme temperatures. Full synthetic motor oil is designed to have better viscosity. Meaning it flows freely even in below zero temperatures. While it resists heat allowing your car to run smoothly, and not overheat, in much hotter temperatures.
Synthetic oil won’t break down and offers greater engine protection. When considering your engine is made up of many moving parts that are constantly in contact with one another, oil plays a crucial role in lubricating these moving engine components.
Over time, conventional oil forms sludge from deposit formation. By contrast, full synthetic oil is designed with less impurities to resist deposit formation and the result is a cleaner engine.
Turbochargers that are very common in European cars with smaller engines need an oil that can quickly lubricate. Thus synthetic motor oil provides turbocharger protection.
Last by not least, synthetic oil can help diagnose oil leaks. Synthetic oil can clear away conventional oil build-up that was plugging an existing leak.
Evolution of synthetic oil:
Both money and power were instrumental in the development of synthetic oil. Key moments in the evolution of synthetic motor oil occurred during WW2 and the 1970s energy crisis.
It’s well documented that research into petroleum oil alternatives occurred during the late 19th century, but it wasn’t until WW2 that demand really took off. Ironically, as German soldiers fell behind on the battlefield, German scientists moved forward in the laboratory. Bitter cold weather conditions in the battle of Stalingrad gave Hitler’s army a defeat. German tanks and aircrafts refused to start due to petrol oil thickening in the Russian below zero climate. It was evident that a better oil was needed as conventional oils were not able to provide the extreme temperature protection required for advanced warfare.
Synthetic oil developed and soon provided the necessary protection that jet engines needed for flight. It wasn’t until the 1970s oil crisis that synthetics became popular in the automotive market. Due to high prices at the pump, automakers started to introduce smaller, more fuel-efficient cars that ran much hotter. Thanks to synthetic oils’ ability to resist heat, demand increased with vehicle launches of modern cars with high-tech engines.
Synthetic oil change vs conventional:
Overall synthetic oil is thinner, lubricates better, and is more durable, but do you know why?
Since conventional motor oil is distilled from crude oil, it contains molecules that have impurities not ideal for lubrication. On the other hand, synthetic motor oil is built from the ground up. Scientists only use molecules that are free of impurities. This optimization creates the conditions of low viscosity, better lubrication, and longer-lasting durability.
Is it worth putting synthetic oil in your car? The answer is yes, but we are biased. As an independent European auto repair shop that only stocks Liqui Moly full synthetic motor oil, don’t take our word for it. Check out what AAA has to say, “Oil protects critical engine components from damage and AAA found that synthetic engine oils performed an average of 47 percent better than conventional oils in a variety of industry-standard tests”
In addition, it’s always a good idea to read the owner’s manual for your specific vehicle. When in doubt we always defer to your owner’s manual. For most of the European cars we service, using synthetic oil is a requirement or your warranty can be voided.
Is there a downside to synthetic oil?
The only downside to synthetic oil is the expense. One oil change using synthetic is generally two times the cost of using conventional. Although this multiple varies based on the amount of oil the vehicle holds.
It is a complete myth that you can’t go back to using regular oil after synthetic. In fact, there is a huge market for synthetic blends. Synthetic blends are a combination of synthetic and conventional oil for budget-conscious drivers.
Synthetic oil change intervals:
Perhaps the most common question we get at our auto repair shop is regarding how often to change synthetic oil. The answer really depends on a number of variables including type of synthetic oil, vehicle, and driving conditions. The range varies from every 5,000 to 15,000 miles. Feel free to contact European Motors if you would like a recommendation for your car.
Contact European Motors for a synthetic oil change:
Now that you have a better understanding about synthetic oil and read our guide, it’s time to schedule an appointment with European Motors. If you still have any doubt, we employ ASE-certified technicians, have plenty of 5-star reviews, and have been in business since 1975.
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