3 common oil change myths busted

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQS, Just for Fun, Service on Monday, March 19th, 2018 at 9:50 pm
Oil change myths with image of engine oil

Here at Matt Castrucci Kia we hear a wide variety of automotive myths and misconceptions. One of the most common automotive topics that garner so many myths are oil products. From conventional to synthetic oil, this automotive necessity draws a lot of attention and controversy. We are here to set the record straight and share some facts about automotive oil. Here are 3 of the most common oil change myths we hear, busted.

Can you change from synthetic to conventional oil?Man working on an engine

Yes! You will not harm your vehicle if you switch from synthetic to conventional oil. This is because synthetic oil products are made using a combination of conventional oils. There is an important exception to this rule. If your vehicle specifically requires synthetic oil, then it’s essential to always use synthetic oil products. But if your vehicle doesn’t have a requirement then there is no harm in choosing either option.

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Should you change your oil every 3,000 miles?

The 3,000-mile figure has always been more of a recommendation than anything. The reality is you don’t need to change your vehicle’s oil that often. In fact, most vehicles can go 5, 7 or even 10,000 miles before an oil change is needed. The frequency you change the oil depends on your individual vehicle and driving habits. Vehicles that are used to tow, drive in extreme weather or are driven in severe stop-and-go traffic will need the oil changed more frequently. It’s always best to check your vehicle’s manual for details.

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Is conventional oil cheaper than synthetic?

For as long as we can remember, the myth has been that conventional oil is cheaper than synthetic. While conventional oil is indeed more expensive upfront, the American Automotive Association recently found that synthetic oil actually performs better and will save drivers money in the long run. In fact, in a series of industry-standard tests, AAA found that synthetic oil outperformed conventional oil by nearly 50 percent!

 


Do you have questions about automotive oil that we didn’t get a chance to answer here? Let us know in the comments below or contact our team of experts by phone. From all of us at Matt Castrucci Kia, we look forward to speaking with you. Thanks for reading!

5 Responses to “3 common oil change myths busted”

  1. Claire Divas says:

    From conventional to synthetic oil, this automotive necessity draws a lot of attention & controversy. The 3 most common oil change myths that have changed now-a-days are listed below. It is not harmful for the vehicle if you change the type of oil used from synthetic to conventional. But this myth has busted. If our vehicle specifically requires synthetic oil, then it is essential to use only synthetic oil products. It is a common myth that we should change the engine oil every 3,000 miles. But actually most vehicles can be driven for 5,7 or 10,000miles before requiring an oil change. The myth has been that conventional oil is cheaper than synthetic oil. But American Automotive Association recently founded out that synthetic oil’s performance is better & in long run it saves our money as less amount is consumed by the vehicle.

  2. Aria cooper says:

    Some people has little bit confusion regarding synthetic oil and conventional oil. Use of synthetic oil is more cheaper and has more benefit than that of conventional oil. I don’t think there are any types of major problems associated with the switching of such fluids. Use of synthetic oil is more beneficial than conventional oil. However, it is also recommended to follow the user’s manual or ask experienced professionals for more information regarding such questions.

  3. Rosa Paula says:

    It is not harmful to replace synthetic oil by conventional oil because synthetic oil products are made by using combination of conventional oils. If our vehicle specifically requires synthetic oil, then it’s use is essential. But if there is no such requirement then we can use either of these oils-synthetic or conventional. There is a myth that it is required to change the engine oil every 3,000 miles. But actually that is not the fact. Most vehicles can run well without changing the engine oil for about 5,7 or 10,000miles but, the oil change should be done by professional auto mechanics.

  4. Megan perez says:

    Synthetic oil has a specific molecular composition which enables it to provide better lubrication as compared to the conventional oil. Use of synthetic oil has a lot of advantages over conventional oil. So, use of synthetic oil could be more beneficial than conventional oil. Apart from this, it takes comparatively longer time for degradation and hence proves to be more economical. So, replacement of engine oil with synthetic oil has positive effects on the performance of the vehicle.

  5. It’s great to learn more about oil changes. I had no idea that most vehicles can go up to 10,000 miles without getting a change! I’ll have to figure out my driving habits and things to find out when I’ll need mine changed next.

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