There was once a time in automotive history where regular and traditional engine oil was sufficient. However, as engine became more modern, they began to demand more from the products which supported them. Namely, your engine oil.
The best place to start is with a quick explanation of how your engine works and what your engine oil does.
As a very basic description, your engine is made up of some metal parts. These parts are both large and small, and all of them will interact with another part at some stage at high speed.
After a short while, the high-speed action of metal grinding against metal causes friction.
This is concerning for two reasons:
- The first, and most important, is that friction actively wears down your engine’s parts, reducing its overall lifespan and increasing your mechanic bills.
- Second, friction heavily reduces the level of power your vehicle can give you and increase your gas usage.
The only reason that your engine runs right now without friction build up is your engine oil.
Your engine oil coats each of your engine parts with a slipper film. This coating allows each part to slide up against each other smoothly and without friction. As you can imagine, a friction free engine means one which runs without causing itself damage and one which runs fuel efficiently.
Now, the main reason – what’s the difference between traditional and synthetic oil, and why should you switch?
To get the speed and power which motorists demand, engines are designed to run faster. And the faster an engine runs, the faster the engine parts interact with each other and the more heat the engine will generate.
Constant pressure and high levels of heat, such as those common in modern vehicles prove too much for traditional oil, leaving it to break down noticeably quicker than a synthetic oil.
Synthetic oil, on the other hand, is designed with chemically engineered additives which prevent it from breaking down as easily under pressure or at rising temperatures.
In short, synthetic oil lasts longer in your engine and provides it with a higher level of friction prevention, otherwise known as engine protection.
If you are convinced, but your mechanic isn’t, there isn’t a reason why you can’t make the switch yourself. Buying synthetic oil is as easy as shopping the Groupon Coupons page for Kohl’s, and is much cheaper than the traditional oil your mechanic is charging you for, currently.