It’s about that time again—time for a routine oil change. The hard-working motor oil in your model is part of what allows for the easy-going performance and reliability you’ve become accustomed to.
So, when the oil change comes around, it’s important to give your vehicle what it really needs. That brings us to a question our Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead service staff near Peoria, Arizona, often receives: What’s the difference between a synthetic oil replacement and a conventional oil change?
Curious to find out? Just keep reading!
About Conventional Oil
Conventional oil is often the cheaper option when pitted against synthetic oil. Conventional oil has been around for a long time and is sometimes referred to as mineral or crude oil since it comes from deep underground.
Conventional oil will work splendidly for many types of models as it does a consistent job of regulating heat, cleaning debris within the engine, and providing lubrication, which are the three responsibilities of motor oil.
If you don’t engage in aggressive driving and don’t ask much of your engine, such as cross-state towing ventures, conventional oil is likely going to be a fine choice. Replacing your conventional oil every 5,000 to 7,000 miles should help keep your vehicle on the up and up over time.
About Synthetic Oil
The core difference between synthetic oil and conventional motor oil is that synthetic oil has been altered and generally improved upon through scientific intervention. While conventional oil is closely related to the crude oils found in the earth, the synthetic alternative is artificially enhanced to hold up to higher levels of stress.
So, for certain luxury car owners, synthetic oil makes more sense because their luxury car may be putting out tremendous horsepower and torque. In general, the stronger your engine, the stronger the motor oil needs to be in order to keep everything working properly.
You don’t need a sports car or to be visiting the track each weekend to require the use of synthetic oil, either. If your car is tipping over 300 horsepower or greater, synthetic oil should be strongly considered.
Synthetic oil may also last longer than conventional oil does before it begins to wear down. While conventional oil comes with roughly a 5,000-to-7,000-mile lifespan, the stronger and more durable synthetic oil can often make it to as much as 15,000 miles. Factors such as the model you drive, the type of driving you do each day, and the conditions your model is exposed to will still play a role in overall motor oil lifespan.
Synthetic vs Conventional Motor Oil? We’ll Help You make the Call
We understand you may not be an expert on the service requirements of your model. Our goal is merely to keep you informed and offer assistance whenever and wherever we can. So, if you have questions about how the motor oil in your vehicle works or if you should choose synthetic vs. conventional, reach out to us. We’ll even be happy to handle the synthetic oil change ourselves here at Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead near Peoria, AZ!