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.

The importance of changing your brake fluid

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Most people would agree that the brake system in your vehicle is very important, not only for your car to run properly, but also for your safety. Think about the amount of times you press on your car brakes whether it is to slow down before a red light or come to an abrupt stop to keep you from getting into an accident. One thing that makes your brake system run properly is brake fluid, also known as hydraulic fluid.

Brake fluid is vital for moving the different components of your vehicle’s braking system. Just like engine oil is crucial to keep a vehicle going, brake fluid is crucial to stopping a vehicle. Brake fluid gives the power created by the push on your brake pedal to each one of the brake rotors. This pressure is given to the tires and in turn slows or completely stops your vehicle. Brake fluid has to work under various pressures and temperature points. However, when moisture enters through other parts of the brake system, the temperature of the brake fluid fluctuates.

If your brake fluid goes too long under these conditions it will cause the components of your braking system to deteriorate. You want to stay clear from reaching this point of damage because rusted brake lines, calipers, master cylinders, and other components can cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs. Also without the proper amount of brake fluid, your brake system could fail completely. That is reason enough to have your vehicle’s brake fluid checked regularly!

Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out how often you need to get your brake fluid changed. If you’re still unsure when you should change it or suspect that something is off with your braking system, be sure to call us here at American Oil Changers for help!




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