The Two Oils: Synthetic and Conventional

Synthetic oil is a pure lubricant. Beginning as the same oil as conventional, synthetic is clean and distilled until it is free from impurities. Laboratories chemically manufacture synthetic oil, so it does not have any contaminants.

Because of this quality, synthetic oil provides optimum friction reduction in a vehicle’s engine. Synthetics can also tolerate much higher temperatures. All of these qualities improve fuel efficiency.

Crude oil is refined to make conventional lubricants. Even after refining, conventional oils still contain traces of nickel, vanadium, sulfur, nitrogen, and oxygen. These are inherent in crude oil and cannot be completely removed.

Conventional oil picks up deposits while circulating in the motor, which can form sludge. Sludge is a solid or gel incased in motor oil.

Do you have more questions about synthetic and conventional oils? Stop by Lithia Toyota of Klamath Falls located in Klamath Falls, OR to find out what type of oil your vehicle may need.

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