Synthetic vs Conventional Oil

Car owners around Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem counties know that getting their car's engine oil changed routinely is one of the most important maintenance services you can keep up with. But you may be wondering what type of oil change you should get: synthetic vs conventional oil?

To help our local Hyundai drivers answer this question, we took it up with the pros in the Action Hyundai of Millville service department. See what they had to say about the differences between synthetic vs conventional oil below.

Motor Oil's Purpose

Synthetic vs Conventional Oil

Before we dive into synthetic vs. conventional oil, let's take a moment to remember engine oil's overall purpose and why it's so important to the life and longevity of your vehicle.

Lubrication for your Car's Inner Mechanics: Your Hyundai's engine is made up of intricate metal parts that slide by one another in rapid succession. Fresh motor oil coats these pieces and protects them from damaging one another.

Engine Temperature Regulation: In addition to protecting inner parts from untimely wear, motor oil works to cool down the engine's extremely high-temperature environment and prevents the car from overheating.  

Conventional Oil

Conventional motor oil is what cars have used for the greater part of history. Crude oil that's not refined, conventional oil is cheaper than synthetic oil and will do the job. What's the catch? Conventional oil requires more frequent oil changes (typically every 3,000 miles of driving).

Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil starts the same way as conventional oil. The difference is, synthetics go through an extensive refinement process that removes impurities from the oil. Then the oil is mixed with additives that help it better adapt to the advanced technology of modern engines.

Chemists have been able to alter the structure of synthetic oil so it can do motor oil's job even better, breaking down at a slower rate.

Though a synthetic oil change will cost you more than a conventional oil change, its effects will last much longer between oil changes (today's oil change interval standard of 7,500 to 10,000 miles).

Oil Type Benefits

Like determining your oil change interval, whether synthetic oil or conventional oil is the better choice depends on your vehicle and personal driving habits.

In general, modern vehicles will benefit most from the performance advantages of synthetic oil. That being said, if you own an older car and don't put many miles on it, it would be smarter for you to stick to conventional oil.

Schedule an Oil Change Appointment

If you're still unsure whether conventional vs synthetic oil is the better pick for your ride, you can always ask an Action Hyundai of Millville service expert for their professional opinion.

Synthetic or conventional, we only use Genuine Hyundai oil to ensure quality oil changes time and time again.

Know your Hyundai is due for its next oil swap? Give us a call at 888-818-1377 or head to our handy online service scheduler to make an appointment. Have another question? Feel free to contact our service team.


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