If you’re not sure what motor oil to use for your car, read on.

What does the manufacturer of your vehicle recommend?

Check your owner’s manual. This will tell you not only what kind of motor oil is best for your car, but the schedule you should follow for changing the oil and filter, along with other regular maintenance recommendations. If you don’t have the owner’s manual for your car, go online and do some research. You’ll find all kinds of information – and opinions. The challenge then becomes sifting through it all to make the right decision. Luckily, AAMCO Colorado is here to help. We’ve put together some information to help you understand and make good decisions about the maintenance of your car, especially when it comes to oil.

Synthetic motor oil or conventional?

Synthetic oil is basically an artificial engine lubricant created from chemicals. Some classes of synthetic oil are called synthetic blends. They use conventional oil as a base, then are chemically processed to produce synthetic lubricant or “oil.” Other synthetics may be 100% artificial, but use other raw materials. For our purposes here, synthetic means 100% synthetic or artificial, no blends.image of clear golden colored oil pouring out of wide mouth plastic bottle.

Conventional motor oil is refined from crude oil and is referred to as standard or mineral-based oil. Always check your owner’s manual to see if synthetic oil is required. On some late model cars, high performance vehicles, and hybrids, synthetic oil is a requirement, not an option. If you don’t use the right kind of oil, you risk voiding the engine warranty. Conventional oil should not be considered to inferior to synthetic oil. It is just a different way of lubricating the engine and has to be changed more frequently.

Is synthetic motor oil better for your car? It depends.

The main goals of synthetic oils are to reduce engine wear and oil degradation. Synthetic oils are thinner and more resistant to temperature extremes. They degrade less, or more slowly, than conventional oil, and are more durable, which results in less frequent oil changes and a better lubricated engine. Synthetic is basically superior to conventional oil because it’s better at doing the things oil is supposed to do inside the engine. But factors such as age and mileage of the car come into play when using synthetic oil over conventional. More on that later.

Oil changes might be less frequent with synthetic oil.

Depending on the make, model, and year of your car the recommended interval for oil changes varies. For conventional oil it has always been 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If you use synthetic, your interval is probably 7,500 to 10,000 miles recommended. In some cases, depending on the vehicle manufacturer, 15,000 miles or one year is an acceptable timeframe. Again, this is all dependent on the manufacturer’s recommendation for oil change intervals. Synthetic oil will not magically extend your oil change intervals from 3,000 miles to 15,000 miles.

Is synthetic oil worth the extra cost? Should I switch?

The longevity of synthetic oil is its biggest advantage over conventional oil. Assuming your car does not require synthetic oil, and you are diligent about following routine maintenance schedules – such as oil changes – conventional oil is just fine for your purposes. It’s less expensive, and if you take good care of your car, there is no real reason to use synthetic oil. There are also some potential risks in making a switch from conventional to synthetic if your car is old and has high mileage.

If your car is new and the manufacturer requires, or even just recommends, synthetic oil, and the change interval is 7,500 miles, then obviously you will operate within those guidelines. Going from synthetic to conventional to save money just does not make sense in many cases, especially with new cars.

The cost savings from switching from conventional to synthetic oil due to its not needing to be changed as frequently are probably a wash given the premium prices charged for synthetic oil and change services, as well as potential mechanical glitches. But it really comes down to your car’s make, model, age, your driving habits, how many miles you put on your car every week, month, year, and what the conditions are in which you drive those miles. Just don’t make the decision lightly.

What about older, high mileage vehicles?

image of old vintage car isolated on white backgroundIf your car is about 1990 or older, with a lot of miles, and you are thinking of switching to synthetic oil, you probably should have a mechanic inspect your car’s engine and see how it’s doing with the conventional oil. Just be aware that your oil change intervals should not change drastically, if at all. The car manufacturer’s recommended oil service schedule should still be honored. If your old car was new, with the requirement to use conventional, you would be voiding the warranty by using synthetic and going so long between oil changes. The extended intervals made possible by synthetic oil are sales gimmicks to help justify the higher price. But switching to synthetic – regardless of your vehicle’s age or mileage – is not a magic money-saving solution.

Switching to synthetic might be a “shock” to the car’s system – the engine, gaskets and seals within. The engine can become “used to” conventional oil and a change to synthetic might create leaks in seals, gaskets, and other components that are not as tight as on a newer car. Synthetic oil is thinner and more slippery, so it gets through smaller openings than conventional oil can, which results in leakage. You might think at first that your car is using more oil, but the reality is that the synthetic you’re using is escaping out smaller or weaker points in the seals and gaskets that the conventional oil was not. Conventionally speaking, synthetic oil is supposed to last longer, it just might not last longer in your engine.

In short, those leaks will cause the engine to lose  or even burn oil and require you to check oil levels and get it changed, or topped off, more frequently. If you don’t, you risk damaging the engine or other components. It’s not accurate to say that you should not switch to synthetic if your car is old or has a lot of miles on it, but you should be careful about the decision. Come to your local AAMCO Colorado auto repair center for help in determining if synthetic oil is the right choice for your car.

Which kind of motor oil is better for the environment?

Conventional oil is derived from petroleum, and the various processes through which petroleum is obtained and refined are not necessarily environmentally safe or friendly. Standard oil is also difficult to recycle, though it is done and reputable oil change services and repair shops collect the used oil to be shipped to recycling facilities. The recycling process itself is by no means kind to the environment – but neither is owning and operating a vehicle, for that matter. Synthetic oil is created through processes that utilize toxic chemicals, which are not so environmentally friendly, either. Either way – conventional or synthetic – you’re using a product that requires processes to create, use, and discard or recycle it that are harmful to the environment. Either type of oil takes certain things from the world around us, impacts the world in not-so-good ways, and leaves us with byproducts and dirty, used sludge. So, if someone asks you which type of oil is better for the environment – conventional or synthetic – a good answer is that we have options in reducing the impact we make to the environment over time.

AAMCO Colorado Can Help You With Your Motor Oil

image of happy customer and AAMCO mechanic sitting in customer's car.Whether synthetic or conventional, AAMCO Colorado’s expert mechanics can help you make the right choice. From oil and filter changes to checking vital fluids, systems, and components, we’ll do a vehicle courtesy check, make sure everything is in good working order, note needed repairs or scheduled maintenance, and get you back on the road safely and reliably. Call or come into your locally owned Colorado AAMCO transmission and total car care center today for the best in automotive repairs, maintenance, and customer service.

 

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Find Your Locally Owned & Operated AAMCO Colorado Auto Repair Center

 
AAMCO Greeley all north

2445 West 29th St. | Greeley, Colorado, 80631

(970) 330-4858
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Also serving: Loveland, Windsor, Evans, Fort Morgan, and Johnstown.

At AAMCO of Greeley, Colorado you can expect the best quality service for Greeley transmission repair, Greeley oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, Greeley brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, Greeley car tune-up service, and all your other Greeley auto repair needs. Come visit a Greeley mechanic at your neighborhood Greeley AAMCO Center today and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service.

AAMCO Colorado Springs all south

432 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. | Colorado Springs, CO, 80907

(719) 599-8843
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Serving Colorado Springs, Manitou, Fort Carson & surrounding areas.

At AAMCO Colorado Springs transmission center we specialize in transmissions, but we can handle all your car repair and maintenance needs. From tune ups and factory recommended maintenance, to oil changes, brakes, exhaust system and muffler repairs, shocks and struts, radiators, cooling systems, and air conditioning, we’ll keep your car in top operating condition. Your vehicle will receive total car care and transmission repair by knowledgeable, well-trained, expert technicians.

Honda Acura Expert
AAMCO Colorado Springs has in-house experience in Honda Acura transmissions and repairs. Our expert can help you with any issues you have, from Civic to Pilot, ILX to MDX, Integra to Legend. Call or make an appointment today with our expert Honda Acura service technician.

AAMCO Aurora - Hampden & Tower all metro

18355-A E. Girard Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80013

(303) 400-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:30pm

At AAMCO of Aurora, Colorado transmissions and car care center (located on E. Girard Ave, at Hampden and Tower Rd.) we care about your vehicle as much as you do. We specialize in affordable transmission rebuilds and replacements, but we also provide complete auto repair and maintenance services such as oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services, brakes, shocks and struts, exhaust systems and much more.

AAMCO Aurora - E Colfax Ave all metro

14871 E Colfax Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80011

(303) 366-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:00pm

As your local, independent AAMCO of Aurora (East Colfax Ave.) we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and high-quality auto repair. Come in to your neighborhood Aurora, Colorado AAMCO Center today for affordable, reliable auto repair and maintenance. From cars and trucks to 4x4's and AWD's, we've got you covered!

AAMCO Arvada all metro

6437 Miller Street | Arvada, Colorado, 80004

(303) 431-1991
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm,
Sat: 8:00am to 12:00pm
Also Serving: Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

At AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Arvada, Colorado we know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Let us provide you with the best transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and much, much more.

AAMCO Lakewood all metro

8808 W Colfax Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado, 80215

(303) 234-1263
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Golden, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge, Conifer, and Edgewater.

At AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado, we work hard to provide you with the best transmission repair and auto maintenance services around. From oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, to fluid service, strut and shock repair, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Lakewood AAMCO center is your one-stop shop for auto repair and maintenance. Whether you need exceptional auto repair or just want to talk with a mechanic, your local, independent AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado dealer can help. Come in to your neighborhood Lakewood AAMCO Center today for affordable, friendly, and reliable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Brighton all metro

10500 Havana Ct Unit A | Brighton, CO, 80601

(303) 287-5181
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

When you bring your car to AAMCO of Brighton, Colorado you'll see firsthand how much we care about giving you the best service possible for all your transmission and auto repair needs. We offer a full range of automotive maintenance and repair services, including transmission rebuilds, oil and filter changes, air conditioning repair, engine cooling system and radiator service, brake repairs and service, fluid service, suspensions, tune-ups, exhaust systems, and more.

AAMCO Littleton all metro

10168 W. Chatfield Ave. | Littleton, CO, 80127

(303) 933-1535
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm

At AAMCO Transmissions of Littleton, Colorado, our mission is to provide the best customer service and auto repair in Littleton. We provide total car care – from oil and filter change, cooling and radiator repairs, to brake service, struts and shocks, exhaust systems, and more. Your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Littleton, Colorado transmission center is your one-stop shop for transmission repairs and auto maintenance and repairs.

AAMCO Fort Collins all north

3737 S. Mason Street | Ft. Collins, Colorado, 80525

(970) 226-4477
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Loveland, Estes Park, Windsor, Wellington, and Laramie.

As your local, independent AAMCO Fort Collins, Colorado transmission repair dealer, we promise you’ll find the help you need and a local Fort Collins auto repair experience you’ll want to repeat. Come in to your neighborhood Ft. Collins AAMCO Transmission Center today to visit an expert mechanic for honest and affordable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Evergreen all metro mountain

27659 County Hwy 74 | Evergreen, Colorado, 80439

(720) 708-6954
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:00pm,
Also Serving: Kittredge, Idledale, Morrison, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Evergreen, Colorado provides you with the best local transmission repair and service, oil change, brake repair and service, cooling and radiator service, fluid service, struts and shocks repair, car tune-up, and much more. We know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly - in the mountains or down in the city. Come to AAMCO Transmission Repair and Auto Service Center in Evergreen, CO for the best service around.

AAMCO Pueblo all south

1910 W US Hwy 50 | Pueblo, Colorado, 81008

(719) 542-8040
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 4:00pm

At AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Pueblo, Colorado we know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Let us provide you with the best transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and much, much more.

AAMCO Northglenn all metro

11450 Huron Street | Northglenn, Colorado, 80234

(303) 451-5400
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Dupont, Westminster, Welby, and Henderson.

When you need affordable, expert auto repair, visit your local AAMCO of Northglenn, Colorado. We work hard to set the standards in tranmission repair, rebuilds, and auto repair by offering you superior service, technology, and expertise at a price you can afford. From oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services to brake repairs, fluid services, struts and shock repairs, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Northglenn AAMCO transmissions and total car care center is your one-stop shop.

AAMCO Longmont all metro

1611 Vista View Dr | Longmont, Colorado, 80504

(303) 651-0443
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm

When you visit your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Longmont, Colorado, you’ll see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and superior auto repair. With high-quality service in areas like transmission repair and auto maintenance, we are your #1 shop for oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, and tune-ups, and more. We offer the fast, reliable maintenance you need at an affordable price.

AAMCO Denver all metro

187 W. Alameda Ave. | Denver, CO, 80223

(303) 462-2626
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm, Sat: 9:30am – 1pm
Also Serving: Edgewater, LoDo, Cherry Creek, Glendale, Park Hill, & Stapleton.

At AAMCO Denver Transmission Shop we take the difficulty and hassle out of your Transmission Repair. We have a simple mission: provide the highest quality transmission repair, rebuilds and customer service in the Denver metro area. When you visit your local AAMCO center in Denver, Colorado you can be sure your auto repair is in the hands of experienced, well-trained auto mechanics. AAMCO Denver also serves the greater metro area, including Glendale, Cherry Creek, Park Hill, and Englewood.

Foreign Car Transmission Experts
AAMCO Denver has in-house experience servicing transmissions for many makes and models of foreign cars. Our mechanics can help you with any transmission issues you have, from Audi and BMW to Mercedes and VW, Honda and Hyundai to Kia and Toyota. Call or make an appointment today with our expert service technicians.

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