What is the difference between conventional and synthetic motor oil?

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When you have gotten your vehicle’s oil changed in the past, you may have been asked if you would prefer conventional or synthetic motor oil. Majority of car owners are unsure on which type of oil is best suited for their vehicle. If this is you, don’t worry! We will break it down for you.

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The type of oil used for your vehicle depends on how old your vehicle is and how often it is driven. Conventional motor oil acts as a lubricant and comes specifically from crude oil. It has a mix of different chemicals that allow it to provide lubrication at high temperatures and maintaining it over long periods of time. Conventional motor oil meets the basic needs of most engines. It has a mix of various chemicals. This type of oil is ideal for the most common driving routines such as running errands, commuting to work, picking kids up from school, and vacation road trips set on cruise control.

Synthetic motor oil is best for newer vehicle models. This oil is made up of a blend that researchers created in a lab environment. It is composed of a variety of high-performance additives to protect your vehicle’s engine at a higher level. It primarily protects against heat build-up within the engine. Synthetic oil is also known for increasing engine durability and it rids of dirty deposits found in engines. However, not all synthetic oils are created equal. Some synthetic oil blends are made specifically to increase the performance and life of vehicles with higher mileage. Other synthetic oil blends are meant for high-performance engines in certain vehicles. Some blends are even capable of increasing your vehicle’s fuel mileage by using special, advanced lubricants. 

If you’re still unsure of what type of oil is best suited for your vehicle, do not hesitate to ask us here at American Oil Changers. We also bring our oil changing service to you! You can make an appointment online. It’s that easy!



The statements written above are only for reader’s informational purposes and should be verified individually.

Why do I need to get my tires rotated?

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Your vehicle needs to properly be taken care of to ensure it is in the best shape. There are different types of preventative maintenance routines that not only will keep your car in check, but also save you from spending more money on expensive repairs and replacements.

One of the most important preventative maintenance routines for your vehicle is tire rotation. Tire rotation means moving each tire from one wheel to another. The back tires get moved to the front, the left tires get moved to the right, or any other pattern that switches the tires’ current placement around.

The reason we need to rotate our tires is because it keeps them from wearing out unevenly. Tire wear is inevitable since they have constant contact with the ground. However, the wear won’t be the same on all four tires due to their placement. By rotating your tires, this gives each tire a different type of wear pattern over time. This helps prolong the life span of your tires and prevents you from having to purchase new tires too soon.

You can check your owner’s manual to know how often you need to rotate your tires. However, a general estimate is to rotate your tires about the same time you get your oil changed.

Thankfully, at American Oil Changers we can come to you to rotate your tires. Our tire rotation service includes rotating the tires, checking and filling tire air pressure, inspecting tire tread, and a free break inspection. Our “bring-it-to-me” service ensures your vehicle is working properly without you having to take out the time to drop it off and wait around.

Make an appointment with us to get your tires rotated today!