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3 Reasons why you should switch to a Synthetic Oil

Published on July 8, 2016 by

By now, you’ve certainly heard of synthetic oils, and for good reason — an increasing number of car manufacturers are requiring some version of synthetic oils in their vehicles.  But what is the difference?

First, you need to know what your engine oil does.  In short, it provides a ‘film’ that coats internal engine parts to allow them to slide past one another without generating undue friction (and therefore heat).  By sliding on the oil film, parts are saved wear and tear and movement is less restricted:

“Regular” conventional oil is comprised of refined crude oil taken from the ground.  A Synthetic oil is the product of a lot of refining and chemical alteration.  Any professional technician in Tucson, Arizona will tell you that synthetic oil is superior – but why is synthetic oil better than conventional?

[1] Superior Lubrication

The molecules that make up synthetic oil are perfectly round and flow freely.  Although conventional oil molecules are more-or-less round, they do not move as smoothly as synthetic oil molecules.  Imagine draining a bag of pebbles down a ramp – it would definitely go slower than a bag of marbles or ball bearings.

As a result of that ‘free’ movement, the synthetic oil flows better and does a better job of lubricating the engine components.

[2] Beat the heat

Another reason synthetic oil is better in Tucson is due to it’s ability to withstand heat.  All oils can suffer from thermal breakdown, which occurs after exposure to high heat conditions.  But synthetic oil performs much better at resisting this.

[3] Keep it clean

Conventional motor oil cannot be broken down beyond a nasty sludge that results in it’s use.  Synthetic oils burn cleaner and therefore resist the sludgy deposits that we sometimes see with conventional oils.  In fact, Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Synthetic Oil keeps pistons up to 65% cleaner than the toughest industry standards and more than 25% cleaner than Mobil 1 or Valvoline SynPower.

As the technology used in our vehicles continues to progress, more and more manufacturers are switching to synthetic and you should, too.


This article was written by . Jeffry has worked with internet technology and graphic design for most of his life. He came to BRAKEmax in May of 2012 after a 7-year stint operating a local automotive service center. He married his wife Kerri in 2006; they have a son, Maxwell, and a daughter, Abby. When he's not at work, Jeffry enjoys cheering for the greatest sports team in the world, the Denver Broncos.

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