We all hear the same question when we pull in to get our oil changed. “Do you want conventional or synthetic oil?” For some the response comes quickly, but for others it is like pulling teeth. What is the difference? Which is better? What is the price difference? Many drivers do not know the difference between conventional and synthetic oil. In the end their decision is typically based on cost, leading them to choose conventional oil for their car.
When it comes down to it, an important thing to remember is that cheaper isn’t always better. The differences between conventional and synthetic oil are more than just what they do for your car. It goes way back to when they are drilled from the ground and the preparation that they undergo prior to being poured into your vehicle. Because synthetic oil is distilled, purified, and broken down, on top of the refining process, it has many benefits for your vehicle compared to conventional oil which is typically just refined.
Benefits of Synthetic Oil include:
Proper circulation of oil through your vehicle is very important. Because conventional oil does not run as smoothly through your car, it often picks up deposits through its flow resulting in sludge. When your oil picks up sludge, your engine performance is reduced. To avoid poor oil circulation through your vehicle, synthetic oil is your best choice.
To ensure that your oil change benefits your vehicle the most, we recommend using synthetic oil in your vehicle. Not because it costs more, because it is much better for your vehicle. Mr-Muffler knows that getting an oil change in a timely manner is most important, we offer 10 minute oil changes, you can stop by anytime or make an appointment.
As many of us have a set routine each day, get up, get ready, leave for work, often times we forget about the few extra minutes that need to be added to your schedule in the winter. Ensuring that you get in your car about five minutes before you need to leave and allowing it to warm up can help the longevity of your car.
There are many fluids that run through various parts of your cars engine. Your car has oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, washer fluid, as well as other lubricants in the motor. Allowing your car to warm up for just five minutes loosens up the fluids or lubricants so they better serve their purpose.
When warming up your car, be sure to be in or around your car while it is idling in the winter. In some cities you can receive a ticket if your car is running and you are not in or around it, you also do not want to take the risk of someone else driving away in your car.
If it has snowed or your windows or windshield needs to be scraped, be sure to start your car before you start cleaning your car. This will give your car the time it needs to warm up while you are cleaning your windows.
People assume that if they pay attention to the car’s indicator system that they are doing a great job at maintaining their car. This is not the always the case. We have come up with 4 Ways that you are slowly killing your car.
1) Depending on your car to alert you of oil change
Don’t only depend on your car’s indicator system to alert you to problems with your oil. Most cars are programmed to alert you every 6 months, but it is recommended that you change your oil ever 3,000 miles or three months with synthetic oil. You should check the levels and the condition of your oil regularly. Oil is the blood of your car. If you do not change the oil in your car regularly, your engine will have to work harder. If you don’t maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendation, you risk your car’s warranty becoming invalidated.
2) Using parts that fit but are not made for your car
Don’t replace your car’s parts with inferior parts. We understand that sometimes it may be cheaper to order parts online. However, buying parts online can damage your car and put your life in danger. Cheaper is not always better. You get what you pay for. Make sure you choose a reputable car repair center. At Mr. Muffler, we use the correct parts for your car to ensure your safety and the well being of your car.
3) Ignoring your check engine light
Don’t let the fear of how much it will cost to repair the problem paralyze you from going to see what is wrong with your engine. Putting it off, can cause a snowball effect that will be more costly. 50% of drivers with a check engine light ignore it for 3 or more months. Don’t be a statistic and don’t end up paying thousands to repair a problem that initially was only fifty dollars to fix.
4) Not letting your car warm up in extreme cold
Doing a simple task such as rolling down your window in the cold before letting your car heat up can cause damage to the mechanisms in your window. A more obvious to let your car heat up in the winter is the oil. Letting your car’s engine warm up will allow your oil to thin out enough to flow through the engine. In the winter, plan ahead so that you have enough time to properly warm up your car.