Once upon a time, when drivers needed an oil change, all they had to decide on was a viscosity that best fit the climate they lived in. Well, they still have to make this choice, but now there are three more decisions: synthetic oil, semi-synthetic oil, or that old standby, conventional oil. The thing to remember is just because your GM vehicle had conventional oil in it when you purchased it doesn’t mean you’re locked into using conventional oil for the lifetime of your car or truck. Despite what amounts to a vehicular old wives’ tale that said you could not change from conventional to synthetic oil, the choice is yours at any Buick and Chevrolet oil change in your schedule.
If you go with synthetic oil, you will be getting an engine lubricant that is fabricated in the lab. Starting with a base of petroleum distilled for purity and mixed with fortifying additives, synthetic oil lubricates just as well as conventional, if not better, because after all, they both come from the same source – petroleum. However, synthetic also retains its integrity longer due to its level of refinement and the powder additives that render it resistant to oxidation and acidification. And that brings us to one of its most touted benefits – longer intervals between oil changes. But Synthetic oil provides also provides superior protection because its low viscosity pairs up with its uniform lab-made molecules o speed up its flow. This, in turn, allows engine parts to move more quickly, resulting in better gas mileage. Other benefits include the ability to stand up to frigid winter starts and push through sizzling summer temperatures, a level of refinement that reduces grime and sludge that damage pistons. Yes, synthetic oil has many pluses, but it does have a downside. It costs more than conventional oil.
For those who don’t want to pay as much, there is another option – semi-synthetic oil. Some drivers consider semi-synthetic oil as offering the best of both worlds. It’s also known as a self-explanatory synthetic blend since it’s a mixture of conventional oil and man-made formulated synthetic oil. It doesn’t have the refinement of synthetic oil, but it is more technologically advanced than conventional oil. And true to its combination of both types of oil, it costs less than synthetic oil but more than conventional oil, something to remember when it comes time for a GM oil change in Parksville.
Although synthetic oils are getting all the buzz, today’s conventional oil still has many benefits to recommend it. It has detergent additives, anti-foaming elements, viscosity modifiers, corrosion inhibitors, extreme pressure agents, and dispersants. And then, there’s also the fact that conventional oil is less costly than either synthetic or semi-synthetic oil. And, if you have a high mileage car, which you do if 75,000 miles has come and gone on your odometer, it’s preferred by various car care experts. Some believe that a change to synthetic oil might result in intermittent grinding gears. Others warn that the additives in synthetic oil are more than the worn seals can take. If you’re one of the high-mileage car owners who have been bringing it to our state of the art facilities at Harris Oceanside Buick GMC in Parksville, our certified technicians and trusted service advisors know it well. They can advise you on whether you can switch to synthetic. But no matter how old your car, how many miles you have put on it driving around Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo, and Nanoose Bay, we can advise you on any questions you may have. So feel free to ask when you come in for your next scheduled maintenance service.
When it is time for your next oil change, trust the experts at Harris Oceanside Chevrolett Buick GMC. We will get the job done quick and efficiently in our service department. Whether it be synthetic, semi-synthetic, or conventional you’re in great hands with us. Schedule your service today.
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