Time for an oil change? Make today the day you learn more about conventional and synthetic oil. If you're on the fence about what to buy or simply want to know more about your options, Duval's Service Center has some helpful hints.
Before your next oil change, consider the differences between regular motor oil and synthetic. We proudly serve drivers in South Portland, ME, Portland, ME, Cape Elizabeth, ME, and surrounding areas.
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Myth: Synthetic oil extends service intervals between oil changes.
Reality: Synthetic oil is recommended for harder working engines and motorists looking to improve gas mileage.
Myth: Switching from conventional to synthetic oil, or from synthetic to conventional oil will harm your engine.
Reality: Motorists can switch between conventional and synthetic oil as often as they want. All motor oils (conventional and synthetic) are required to meet industry standards for performance and compatibility. Always be sure to refer to your owner’s manual for viscosity and American Petroleum Institute (API) category.
Conventional oils are manufactured from crude oil through a refining process to separate and convert unwanted compounds into a base stock.
While synthetic oils are still refined from crude oil, synthetic oils use higher base stocks. Synthetic oils undergo a synthesis process that converts all molecules into the same size for a higher film strength for the ability to handle higher temperatures.
Synthetic oils tend to be more expensive than conventional oil, though the advantages often outweigh price concerns for some consumers.
The benefits of synthetic oil include:
Overall, extra horsepower means your engine will use less gas. In this way, synthetic oils provide environmentally friendly benefits, too.
Our service staff is happy to help customers choose between conventional and synthetic oil before purchasing an oil change at our shop.
As one of the leading auto service shops in South Portland, ME, Duval's Service Center takes pride in providing the highest quality auto repairs for variety of vehicles. Come see us for service if you live in or around South Portland, ME, Portland, ME, Cape Elizabeth, ME, Westbrook ME and the surrounding areas throughout Cumberland County. Our ASE-certified mechanics perform all types of repairs, including brake service, oil changes, transmission repair, and more! And our auto service is done right the very first time using high-quality equipment and trusted parts from NAPA. Our mechanics are heads above the rest, adhering to strict quality standards. We also stock a variety of tires from the best brands. When you need the best automotive repair shop, look no further than Duval's Service Center, and allow our mechanics to give you a reliable estimate for any repair your vehicle might need.