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What is the difference between synthetic oil and conventional oil?

Synthetic Blend vs. Conventional Oil

Servicing a vehicle today has provided you, the consumer, with more options than ever before. Between the different tire selections, brake selections, and most importantly, oil selections, all of this can feel completely overwhelming. 

This article will be used to provide some insight into the differences, benefits, and general knowledge about the different oil options that are available to choose from.

What is Synthetic Blend Motor Oil?

 

Synthetic blend motor oil uses a mixture of synthetic and conventional base oils. 

What is synthetic oil? The base is made from oil, powder additives, and components that help to evenly distribute the additives that are contained within the oil, so it is somewhat man-made. Like conventional oil, synthetic oil is made from oil refining, usually starting with highly refined crude oil but can also use artificially made compounds as a base. 

There is not currently a standard that grades it, but synthetic oil is the purest kind of oil while the next step down would be a synthetic blend.

The major difference between synthetic and conventional oils is the level of refinement that is necessary. Base or conventional oils fall into one of many "oil grades" which contain mineral oils extracted from crude. The different refinement processes and ingredients yield more control over the purity, which can reduce engine sludge and increase performance.

 

Features and Benefits of Synthetic Blend Motor Oil

 

 

Chances are, if you own a 2010 Honda or over, it most likely takes synthetic blend. With the vast improvements in car engines and higher performance, a higher-grade quality of oil running through that engine is necessary. 

Synthetic blend motor oil is a little more expensive than conventional oil but cheaper than fully synthetic oil. However, Hondas never use fully synthetic oil, only synthetic blend. 

One of the major benefits to using synthetic blend is that it has fewer impurities. This allows your engine to perform at a higher level for a longer period of time, so synthetic blend oil changes are not needed as frequently as conventional oil changes. 

With a higher degradation in the quality of the oil also comes a reduction in price, so when you're considering your next oil change, please make sure to consult with your service advisor here at Bobby Rahal Honda of State College about your options. 

What to do Next?

As you can tell, the options on the market are endless for consumers today. With the different brands and blends, it can be difficult to determine what you should be using in your vehicle. The next best steps are to consult a service advisor at your nearest Honda dealership. 

If you know your car is due for an oil change, you can schedule your next appointment or contact one of our staff members. If you have not been to Bobby Rahal Honda of State College, we are located at 2796 West College Ave., State College, PA 16801.