Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil
The two main types of car oil are synthetic and conventional. While both have their advantages, their effectiveness also depends on what your car needs. The main difference between synthetic and conventional oils lies in their base formulation, which makes a huge impact on the behavior of each product.
What is Conventional Oil?
This kind of oil comes from refined crude oil, and its high level of viscosity index causes it to flow more slowly through the engine. That’s why it’s best for drivers who mostly use their vehicles for routine use. It’s also good for older, low-mileage engines that need a little extra TLC.
Generally, conventional oil is both less expensive and more available than synthetic oil, but as gearheads will tell you, it’s subpar in performance when used in most new cars.
What is Synthetic Oil?
As the name implies, synthetic motor oil is a human-made product. Just like conventional oil, it works to lubricate your engine parts. However, synthetic oils are tailor-made to provide the highest levels of engine performance and reliability. As a result, they’re ideal for use in high-performance engines that travel long distances.
There are two types of synthetic oil you can use in your engine:
- Full synthetic: This type of oil is made with a high-quality synthetic oil base and a selection of additives to increase performance.
- Synthetic blend: These oils are typically a combination of conventional and high-quality synthetic oils, and additives help boost the oil’s performance and efficiency.
Even though full synthetic oils contain crude oil, their formulation process removes more impurities than synthetic blends. This process improves:
- Oil flow
- Sludge and deposit resistance
- Wear protection
- Engine condition
- Vehicle performance
Of course, you’ll still notice improvements in your engine’s performance when you switch to a synthetic blend. However, full synthetics will give you the biggest bang for your buck.
Advantages of Synthetic Oil
Is synthetic oil better for your engine? For most cars, the answer is yes. Here’s why:
- Reduced friction: Unlike conventional oils, the molecules in synthetic oils are uniform in size, which helps to eliminate friction.
- Longer oil change intervals: With conventional oil, you need to take your car in about every 3,000-5,000 miles, but synthetic oil allows you to stretch that interval out to every 10,000-15,000 miles. That’s an enormous improvement.
- Fewer emissions: Due to the consistency in molecular size, loads flow smoothly across the lubricant film, which decreases the number of emissions your vehicle produces and can even reduce energy consumption.
- Cleaner engines: As oil flows through your engine, it picks up contaminants, like the debris produced by moving parts. This accumulation can lead to the creation of deposits and sludge in your system. A synthetic oil is more resistant to sludge and deposit formation than conventional oils, so your engine stays cleaner for longer.
- Better flow: When you’re not driving your car, oil settles in the engine. In low temperatures, your oil will need to warm up to flow properly. Fortunately, full synthetic oils can flow quickly, even in cold climates.
- Increased protection: The engine of a car gets extremely hot, which causes motor oil to break down and evaporate over time. These oils are more resistant to increased temperatures than conventional oils, which means they’ll protect your engine for longer, even under severe conditions.
When you bring your truck or fleet vehicle in for an oil change (or take advantage of our mobile services), we’ll work with you to find the best type of oil that suits your diesel engine. We’ll also perform a full change-out of your diesel vehicle’s fuel filters to ensure that no leftover contaminants from the old oil can compromise the new batch, jeopardizing the smooth operation of your engine.
Fluid Services for Diesel Trucks
Besides oil changes, your diesel vehicle has a variety of fluids that will also need to be replaced or topped off at certain intervals. This is done to maintain the lubrication and cooling of the engine, transmission, transfer case, and differentials. We’ll ensure that all the different types of fluids such as coolant, gear oil, transfer case, and transmission fluids are checked and changed as needed. Our team will also perform a full replacement of all the relevant filters to prevent any cross-contamination.
The Benefits of Choosing Redmond
When it comes to oil and fluid services for diesel trucks, trust the qualified mechanics at Redmond Fleet. We have the knowledge and experience to make sure that your vehicle is running smoothly and is safe to drive. Our team works with you every step of the way to ensure that every aspect of your truck or fleet vehicle is taken care of. No matter the size or complexity of the problem, our team has you covered. Call us today for more information on our services, or to schedule your next oil change!