What is synthetic oil?

A synthetic lubricant contains more highly refined base oils than those used in conventional mineral oils, offering you superior protection and performance. Synthetic oils are engineered to provide greater protection against engine wear and high temperatures, two factors that can cause an oil to break down and be less effective.

There are two types of synthetic oil: semi synthetic oil and fully synthetic oil. Here’s the difference.
  • Semi synthetic oil is a mix of conventional motor oils and synthetic base stocks. Think of it as a cup of half decaf and half regular coffee. Because of the added synthetic base stock, you’re going to get more performance and protection than you will by using a conventional oil alone.
  • Fully synthetic oil contains no conventional oils. Instead, they use a synthetic base stock mixed with a variety of additives that boost the performance of the oil and offer excellent engine protection. This mix of high-performance fluids and additives help prevent wear, help keep engine parts clean, flow easily, maintain viscosity, prevent rust and reduce friction.
 
Lower viscosity synthetic oil also produces less resistance in an engine, so engines using synthetics will have more horsepower and greater fuel efficiency compared to those using a conventional oil. The result is a lubricant that remains liquid and slippery under a wide range of temperatures and engine conditions. Plus, because synthetic oils also are more durable, they last longer, so you don’t have to change your oil as often.
 
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  • Synthetic vs. conventional oil

    Your engine is a complex machine with hundreds of moving parts that operate under a wide range of temperatures and stressors. The oil you select needs to be equally capable of coping with these operating conditions to protect your engine.

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  • Why choose a synthetic oil?

    Your engine is a complex machine with hundreds of moving parts that operate under a wide range of temperatures and stressors. The oil you select needs to be equally capable of coping with these operating conditions to protect your engine.

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