Synthetic Oil vs. Conventional Oil. What you need to know.
What is synthetic oil?
Synthetic oil is made from high-quality crude oil and is generally better for your engine than regular oil. It helps your engine run smoother and cooler, which can improve your gas mileage and help your engine last longer. However, it’s not always recommended for very old vehicles or for vehicles that need traditional oil, despite the major benefits it has to offer. If your vehicle’s engine is well-maintained, synthetic oil should not cause problems. Synthetic oils may make underlying problems worse for engines that are not well-maintained.
Is synthetic oil better than conventional oil?
Yes, synthetic oil is generally better for a car’s engine than conventional oil. Synthetic oil is designed to provide better overall performance and protection for an engine than conventional oil, including better temperature resistance, reduced carbon deposits in the engine, and improved wear protection. Although, it’s important to note that the compatability of synthetic oil vs. conventional oil can differ based on the vehicle’s make, model, age and driving conditions. It’s always best to consult your Ford dealer or refer to the manufacturer’s recommended oil specifications for specific guidance.
The 3 main benefits of synthetic oil
Longer Engine Life
Synthetic oil is designed to give better lubrication and protection against wear and tear, which can extend the life of an engine.
Synthetic oil has a cleaner and more consistent molecular structure, allowing it to flow easily at low and high temperatures, providing better engine performance.
Better fuel efficiency
Because synthetic oil has a lower viscosity and better flow characteristics, it can improve fuel efficiency by reducing engine friction, which reduces fuel consumption.
Frequently Asked Questions
Great things to know about synthetic oils!
Your engine’s recommended oil change interval can range from 8,000 to 16,000 kilometres, depending on your vehicle’s model year and driving conditions. Some newer Ford vehicles feature an Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor that can help you know when an oil change is necessary. situations that may cause your vehicle to require more frequent oil changes include towing, short trips, and driving in extreme temperatures. For additional information, consult the “Scheduled Maintenance” section in your Owner’s Manual or reach out to your Ford dealership.
Yes and no. Synthetic oil can be used in various makes and models and engines. Synthetic oil can deliver improved performance and protection compared to traditional oil and can be used as a substitute for conventional oil in most engines. It’s always advisable to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual or consult with one of our knowledgeable service team members to ensure that synthetic oil is appropriate for your engine before using it.
Synthetic oils often cost more than regular oils because they are made differently, using different formulations and additives. In the long run, using synthetic oils can save you money because they work better and last longer, especially in high-performance engines.
Synthetic blend oil is a combination of regular and synthetic oils, while full synthetic oil is made entirely of synthetic products. Full synthetic oil provides superior performance and protection compared to synthetic blend or regular oil, with improved fuel efficiency, longer lifespan, and better overall engine performance.
Synthetic oil does not need a break-in period as it works well from the start. Using synthetic oil from the beginning can improve engine performance and protection, especially in high-performance or high-mileage engines. Always check the owner’s manual for your vehicle’s recommended oil type and oil change intervals.
Synthetic oil is made to work well in extreme temperatures, whether it’s hot or cold. It has a better ability to flow quickly at low temperatures compared to regular oil. This helps keep engines running smoothly in extreme conditions such as our Canadian winters!