Whether you get an oil change every 5,000 miles or every four months, it’s the easiest way to protect your engine. Oil quality comes down to the oil’s ability to withstand the extreme conditions that exist inside an engine. The greater the resistance to deterioration, the greater protection of the vital engine components.
Synthetic oil is made from chemical compounds that mimic the best properties of natural oil but tailor to the specific demands of modern vehicles. It’s long been claimed that synthetic oil better minimizes engine wear and maintains its viscosity at high temperatures better than conventional oil.
AAA conducted testing to understand the differences between conventional and synthetic oil. The industry-standard tests revealed that synthetic oil outperformed conventional oil by an average of 47 percent. Some benefits of a full synthetic oil change include improved fuel economy, better engine start-up protection and a cleaner engine.
In addition to full synthetic oil, brands often offer a synthetic blend, which is a combination of synthetic and conventional oil. A semi-synthetic oil does perform better than conventional oil alone. However, it doesn’t offer the same level of protection a full synthetic does.
All vehicles can greatly benefit from full synthetic oil regardless of age. Talk to your AAA Car Care representative about getting a full synthetic oil change, and do what’s best for the longevity of your vehicle.
— Philander Harvey, Senior VP of AAA Car Care
NEXT STEP: Reserve your Car Care appointment online at AAA.com/GoCarCare or by calling 833-668-5390.
(Go Magazine Sept-Oct 2020)