Synthetic v Synthetic Blend

The topic of synthetic v synthetic blend oils is not a clear cut issue. These are two different kinds of oil, and they both have their downfalls and benefits. While synthetic may seem like the more expensive, high quality oil, there are times when using a blend (a mix of conventional and synthetic oil) is the best choice for your car. For your personal information, here is an overview of the place that synthetic and synthetic blend oil's have in car maintenance:


Synthetic Oil

We respect the power of synthetic oil, and the client's choice to use it. If a car has always used synthetic oil, Nelson's does not attempt to use a different kind of oil when providing oil change services. Synthetic oil is a valuable product. It performs with strength in cold weather and stabilizes with ease when exposed to high temperatures. This causes less wear and tear to an engine, thereby supporting the life of an engine. Conventional oil simply cannot keep up with synthetic.

However, there are common misconceptions about synthetic oil that we at Nelson's understand are untrue. For instance, people are not always aware that synthetic oil, while of a higher quality than conventional oil, is not designed to buck the standard of oil changes in cars.  It is a myth that a car can travel between six and seven thousand miles using synthetic oil before an oil change is needed. As it reads on our website: "You should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle's owner's manual."

Synthetic oil is not, by any means, a lesser or substandard form of oil. While synthetic oils have been altered by man, and it is not the same thing as conventional oil, these alterations can actually be beneficial to the life of a car. This has been an instance where man has improved on nature's handiwork.


Spotting the Need for a Different Oil

Though regular, synthetic oil has its advantages, the type of car determines the best kind of oil to be used for oil changes. For instance, an older, luxury car would do better with a blended synthetic oil than a purely synthetic one. Using a blend is cost saving in this instance, because it is more beneficial to an older engine. An older engine is more likely to be prone to oil leaks, and a synthetic oil will only make this problem worse. A blended oil has a higher viscosity, and there should be fewer leaks if used in an older car. The technicians at Nelson's can help analyze the oil needs of your car by weighing the costs and benefits of different oils.


When an Oil Change is Unnecessary

Sometimes, people think they need an oil change when it is actually unnecessary. For instance, there is no need to change the kind of oil you use because of seasonal changes. Synthetic and synthetic blend oils are moreversatile than conventional oil. These kinds of oils can be used in the winter and work just as well when the summer months arrive. We are honest with clients about when an oil change is needed or unnecessary.

Dylan Guerber