Dispelling Synthetic Oil Myths

February 16th, 2013 by

Maintaining Your VehicleOne of the things that we try to do here at Middletown Honda is keep our drivers informed, and that includes frequently having chats with the members of our service team about some of the auto maintenance myths they hear drivers talking about. We’ve already talked a bit about the benefits of oil recycling and the ways in which recycled oil is just as good for your car as fresh oil, but there are some other oil myths to be dispelled.

Namely, synthetic oil has a series of really strange misconceptions, likely stemming right from its name. So, we’re here to clear the air.

Setting the Record Straight on Synthetic Oil

One of the most common myths perpetuated about synthetic oil is that it is created in a laboratory, somehow making it less pure or less effective than oil harvested straight from crude. The fact is that synthetic oil comes from crude oil, it just undergoes another process that uses some man-made compounds before it hits your engine.

Another big one is the belief that synthetic oils are too thin to get the job done properly. To begin with, if the oil has the proper viscosity rating for your vehicle, whether it is synthetic or not should be of little concern, but in addition to that, the additives in synthetic oil actually increase the lubrication, offer greater dissipation of heat, and have no negative effects on your seals and gaskets.

Now, if you’re driving an older vehicle, you may have heard that you can’t use synthetic motor oils in it. After all, the newer oils didn’t even exist when those older engines were designed and could be harmful, right? Not true. The only thing you should be cautious of regarding older vehicles is that they are more likely to have an oil leak, and the last thing you want is to pour high-grade synthetic oil and have it leak all over the road.

Trust Middletown Honda

These are just a few of the myths that circulate about synthetic oils, when we wish that the facts would be a bit more prevalent. In short, if you want a better oil, synthetic is usually the way to go. If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to contact our service department. We’re here to help!