Can you replace conventional oil with synthetic?
The Moritz Kia Service Department team here. Every day we hear about a wide variety of automotive myths. Today, we want to set the record straight. Maybe one of the most commonly misunderstood automotive products is engine oil. There are so many myths and misconceptions about this product!
One of the most common myths we hear is that conventional oil can’t be replaced with synthetic. This simply isn’t true. There is no harm in changing from conventional oil, in fact, the American Automobile Association recommends it. Now, if you have a vehicle that requires synthetic oil, then it’s important to use only that type of product.
With that said, here are some other common oil change myths we encounter.
Is it cheaper to use conventional oil?
For as long as we can remember, the myth has been that conventional oil is better than synthetic because it’s cheaper. While conventional oil products are less expensive up front, AAA found that drivers who make the switch to synthetic will save the average driver upwards of $5 an oil change or more than $64 a year. AAA also discovered in its study that synthetic oil performs an average of 47 percent better than conventional oil products. Synthetic oil not only protected engine components more effectively, it helped prevent excessive wear and tear, saving drivers money.
Does black engine oil mean my car needs an oil change?
This is a common question we get. If you are seeing black engine oil, that means that it’s working. As oil is worked through the parts of the engine it will become black over time. The best way to know when it’s time for an oil change is when your service light comes on your dashboard.
Every vehicle is different and an every-3,000-mile-oil-change schedule isn’t a one size fits all. It’s important to check your vehicle’s manual to see what the manufacturer’s recommended oil change schedule is. Some vehicles can go up to 7,000 miles or longer before it’s time for a visit to the mechanic. It all really depends on your vehicle and your driving habits. If you are towing or are putting a lot of miles on your vehicle in a short amount of time, you will need an oil change sooner. When in doubt, check your manual.
Do I need to change the oil filter with every oil change?
Yes. The oil filter’s job is to catch any particulates or contaminants in the oil from reaching the engine itself. Without the filter, these contaminates can do damage to your vehicle’s engine and cause unnecessary wear and tear. It’s important to always get a new filter with every oil change.
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