Conventional oil is fine for most drivers; but, situations exist where synthetic motor oil is better. It will cost a little more upfront, but synthetic oil could be your best option. There are five reasons/situations you should consider synthetic motor oil for your vehicle.
First, if you drive in extreme temperatures, consider synthetic oil. Synthetic oil flows better in your engine in these extreme temperatures because it has no organic compounds. For example, when cold, your oil thickens and gets “sludgy” when it settles. A result is that you must warm up your car for longer before you drive. If this warm-up does not happen, you could risk damaging engine components. In hot temperatures, conventional oil can “break down” or evaporate, which causes more engine wear. Synthetic oils, however, resist settling in cold weather and breaking down in hot weather.
Second, you need synthetic oil if you drive over 15,000 miles annually. Synthetic oil reduces maintenance and trips to the mechanic. Most auto manufacturers suggest changing the oil every 3000 miles: assuming you drive 40,000 miles annually, you will change the oil at least 13 times. This is true whether you do it yourself or take it to a shop. Synthetic oil should be changed every 7500–10,000 miles, depending upon oil change schedules. This means fewer oil changes and more money savings.
Third, if you drive an older car, using synthetic oil can revitalize and restore the engine. Synthetic oil helps clean out the sludge that results from conventional oil. It will clean the pistons along with other engine components, which may improve your gas mileage. Synthetic oil provides the extra tender loving care that a high mileage vehicle engine needs to last longer.
Fourth, synthetic oil may be the way to go for your engine because of the money/time savings on labor. These savings are true even if you do not do it yourself. You may have to pay extra for synthetic oil, but you will save money on labor costs resulting from fewer oil changes. For example, changing your oil multiple times per year is expensive labor wise. But, getting it changed just once or twice per year means money/labor savings.
A fifth reason you need synthetic oil is that your car needs to last. Synthetic oil is more effective at protecting your engine’s parts in all temperatures. It flows more freely in these temperatures and provides higher overall performance. This protection is especially needed with more expensive vehicles.
Synthetic oil used in these cases can prolong oil life, requiring fewer changes. Remember that oil change intervals are important, and you should not deviate from the manufacturer’s recommendations. You should think about your needs and make a synthetic versus conventional decision that works for you.