How Often to Change Synthetic Oil?

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How often do you change synthetic oil in your Prattville vehicle? If you’re changing it at the same rate you changed conventional oil, then you’re likely throwing away money. While synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional, it lasts between 7,500 and 15,000 miles, depending on your vehicle. Your owner’s manual can tell you how often to change synthetic oil, or you can contact the Stokes Chrysler Company service department for more information. 

What’s the Difference Between Synthetic and Conventional Oil 

Calera drivers who choose high-performing vehicles have likely experienced the difference between synthetic and conventional oil. Synthetic oil is more highly refined, which provides better performance and can last longer. Your car’s owner’s manual will tell you which option is right for your vehicle, and how often to change synthetic oil on your specific vehicle.

Why Choose Synthetic Oil?

Some vehicles can run with either conventional or synthetic oil. Despite its higher cost, the performance value and long-lasting properties of synthetic oil make some Alabaster drivers choose it over conventional when they have the option. Here’s why: 

  • Longer Oil Change Interval – Some vehicles that require synthetic oil can last as long as 15,000 miles between an oil change. Again, how often to change synthetic oil depends on your car. Check your owner’s manual. 
  • Better at Higher Temperatures – Synthetic oil doesn’t become as viscous when subjected to the high heat of an engine. This allows it to last longer than conventional oil.
  • Better for Performance – Because synthetic oil can stay cleaner for longer, it’s often recommended for vehicles built for racing or rugged performance. It can be especially important for racing or off-roading near Calera.

Can You Mix Synthetic and Conventional Oil?

Using a mix of synthetic and conventional oil isn’t recommended, but it can be done in a pinch. When you mix synthetic and conventional oil, you’re just diluting the synthetic oil and making it less high-performing. Stick with the oil your owner’s manual recommends. 

Schedule an Oil Change at Stokes Chrysler Company! 

Now that you know how often you change synthetic oil, and that you can mix synthetic and conventional oil in a pinch but shouldn’t, schedule a synthetic oil change at Stokes Chrysler Company. We’ll have you in and out in no time. Or, if you’re in a rush, swing by for our quick lube service that doesn’t require an appointment. Stokes Chrysler Company is happy to help you stay on top of your oil changes in whichever way is best for you! 


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