Motor oil is vital to your vehicle's performance; it does so by keeping your engine properly lubricated and absorbing heat to help it run. There are three main types of oil. At Avid Autowerx, we can help you determine whether your vehicle should be consuming synthetic, semi-synthetic, or conventional oil. Most of the time, it depends on several factors, including the manufacturer's requirements, the climate you are in, your driving habits, or the age of your vehicle.
The 3 Types of Motor Oil
Synthetic oil is chemically produced in a lab to be more consistent and high-performing. It is effective at reducing friction and withstanding extremely high temperatures. Its engineered properties benefit the vehicle by improving fuel efficiency while increasing horsepower. Therefore, it is often recommended for cars that demand peak level performance. Synthetic oil costs more than conventional oil but can last up to 3x longer than traditional oil. To be specific, you can expect to change synthetic oil anywhere between 10,000 to 20,000 miles. In the end, you could possibly be saving money by less frequent oil changes.
Semi-synthetic oil is a hybrid of both synthetic and conventional base oil. It has many of the attributes of full synthetic oil but at a more forgiving price. With high-performance additives, it can help resist oxidation and improve performance in extreme temperatures. Drivers can expect to run about 7,500 miles between changes.
This type of oil is the industry standard and comes in various viscosities and qualities. This traditional oil is cheaper and recommended for light-duty, older-model vehicles with less complex engine models. You can expect to change it between 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
If you have questions about which oil is suitable for your vehicle, our team at Avid Autowerx is happy to assist you! Come by our shop located in Cincinnati, OH, for an oil change or any other auto service.