Regular Oil vs Synthetic Oil: What’s the Difference?

Oil Change | Fayetteville, NC

When you bring your vehicle to Bryan Honda for its regular oil change, it’s likely that the expert technician will ask you if you would prefer conventional or synthetic oil. For many people, the difference between these two is unknown. To help you better understand your options, we’ve put together a comparison of synthetic oil and conventional oil.

Conventional Oil

Conventional oil is a lubricant for your engine that is derived directly from crude oil. It can work at high temperatures while still maintaining its stability over long periods of time. Typically, conventional oil will leave deposits on engine components as it breaks down, which is why it’s important to get regular oil changes.

Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil is, as you might guess from its name, a somewhat factory-made option for your vehicle. It uses a base oil, powder additives, and a carrier oil to help your vehicle run. This oil type tends to have fewer impurities than conventional oil, and it also has a uniform molecular size, which reduces friction within your engine.

Because of the way it’s refined, this oil usually reduces deposits compared to its conventional counterpart. You can also typically go longer between oil changes when you use synthetic rather than conventional, especially if you opt for full synthetic oil rather than a blend.

Is your Honda ready for an oil change? Bring it to Bryan Honda armed with knowledge about the differences between synthetic and conventional oil, and choose the one that fits your needs and budget.