Synthetic Oil vs Conventional Oil

Engine oil is one of the most important components of your vehicle, which is why your routine oil changes are such an important service. They not only keep your engine running clean and cool, but they also keep the many metal parts lubricated to prevent wear and damage.

If it’s time for your oil change, you may be wondering if you’re better off with synthetic oil or conventional oil. Each has its pros and cons, especially when it comes to the unique needs of your specific vehicle.

Drivers in Penn Yan, Geneva, and Watkins Glen can find out more about the synthetic oil vs. conventional oil with this article from Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.

Synthetic Oil vs Conventional Oil

Conventional oil is refined from crude oil, which comes from fossil fuels. Synthetic oil is made artificially with the intent of mimicking the features of conventional oil that are best for your vehicle, while also improving its performance.

Due to what goes into the process, synthetic oil costs a little more, but it’s worth the difference in the advantages if offers for your vehicle. Check out this writeup on how often you should change your oil!


Engines have several metal components that move against each other during its operation, which leads to stress, wear and tear, and extreme temperatures within your engine’s environment. Oil flows in between all these parts to keep them lubricated and cut back on wear, and since synthetic oil is designed to last in the extreme environment of an engine, it can perform this task better and longer than conventional oil.


As oil circulates through your engine, it starts to degrade from the heat and friction. If you don’t get an oil change when this degradation occurs, your oil can’t effectively protect your engine any longer, which leaves your engine vulnerable to damage. Synthetic oil is more resistant to degradation, so it can perform its job longer than conventional oil.


The normal operation of your engine involves extreme heat, which can degrade your oil and cause your components to become worn or damaged much sooner than normal. Synthetic oil is specifically designed to function optimally in extreme heat, so it’s less likely to suffer from heat degradation in an engine.

Extreme Climates

Whether you live in an extremely cold or extremely hot environment, both can affect your oil’s ability to flow freely through your engine. Heat breaks oil down sooner, and cold inhibits oil’s ability to reach its normal viscosity, both of which can leave your engine vulnerable. Synthetic oils are designed to flow immediately, however, so they’re unaffected by extreme temperatures and environments.

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Though synthetic oil may cost a little more upfront, the long-term benefits and savings balance the price out over time. Synthetic oil may not be the best choice for your vehicle, however, so be sure to speak with a service technician about the right engine oil for your specific needs.

If you have more questions about synthetic oil vs. conventional oil, visit the service center at Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram to speak with a technician about your vehicle’s oil needs and schedule your oil change appointment!