Synthetic Oil vs. Regular Oil: What’s the Difference?

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Helping you keep your Honda car, truck, or SUV running safely at peak performance levels is our top priority here at Fisher Honda. One of the key maintenance services we perform is oil changes, which ensure that your vehicle will run smoothly and efficiently on Louisville-area roads.

Along with knowing when your vehicle requires an oil change, it is important to use the right type of motor oil for your vehicle. This guide from the experts in our Service Center will compare synthetic oil vs. conventional oil and full synthetic oil vs. synthetic blends so you can make the best choice for your vehicle.

What is Conventional (Regular) Oil?

Conventional oil, or “regular” oil has been used in internal combustion engines for many years to provide lubrication to internal parts and reduce engine wear. Regular motor oil is essentially distilled from crude oil that’s mined from the ground, and it also serves to protect your car’s engine from high temperatures and can improve fuel efficiency on your Broomfield commute.

What is Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic oil is also petroleum based just like regular oil, but it provides enhanced lubrication properties and is more stable. Since synthetic oils oxidize less easily than conventional oils, and are also better at protecting internal engine components, but due to their exclusive refining process, they tend to cost more than conventional oils. Synthetic oil offers benefits such as:

  • Less viscosity at lower temperatures
  • Enhanced engine cleaning properties
  • Provide better protection to critical turbocharger parts (if so equipped)

How Do Full Synthetic vs. Synthetic Blends Differ?

In addition to synthetic oils vs. conventional oils, there are synthetic blends available. These are made up of part synthetic oil and part conventional oil, which helps to reduce the cost vs. choosing full synthetic, while still providing many of the enhanced synthetic oil properties vs. standard conventional oil.

You should be aware that some vehicles require full synthetic oil. It’s a good idea to check your owner’s manual or contact our Service Center if you have any questions about what kind of oil your car requires.

Schedule an Oil Change in Boulder Today!

Is your Honda due for its next oil change? Schedule a service appointment with Fisher Honda online. You can also take advantage of our Quick Lube Service which includes an oil and filter change, a 19-point vehicle inspection, fluids topped-off, a battery check, and a car wash coupon. Best of all, no appointment is necessary. We offer affordable oil change prices, and with our service specials you’ll find some of the best deals in the Longmont area, so come see us today!


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