Synthetic vs Conventional Oil

Oil Change

It’s well known that regularly changing your oil is one of the best things you can do for your vehicle. Not only can this extend the overall lifespan of your vehicle, but oil changes are also an easy way to maintain performance while traveling around Springfield, Callaway, and Panama City.

One big thing you’ll have to decide is what type of motor oil to use. To learn the about the different benefits of synthetic oil vs. conventional, the team at VW of Panama City is here to help.

Continue reading our brief overview–and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

What Are The Benefits of Synthetic Oil?

Benefits of Synthetic OilDesigned to withstand the long, hot summers of the Florida Panhandle, synthetic oil does an excellent job at keeping your vehicle’s engine from overheating.

Like all motor oil, synthetic oil first begins as crude oil before undergoing a complex distillation process. During this time, special additives are blended to improve the oil’s viscosity. This keeps it from breaking down under intense pressure or thickening too early.

If you drive a vehicle with a high-performance engine, you most likely will need to use synthetic oil. Doing so provides several extra benefits, including:

  • Protects turbocharger components
  • Keeps valves and pistons clear of buildup
  • Withstands increased pressure and heat

How Often Should I Get My Oil Changed?

While frequency fluctuates among model types, you should plan to change your vehicle’s oil every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. For best results, check your vehicle’s owner’s manual or consult with one of our certified technicians on best practices.

Engine Oil Pouring

If you drive a vehicle with a high odometer reading, you should anticipate changing your oil more often. At some point, you might even be advised to switch to a high-mileage blend. This is to help protect your aging engine and maintain efficiency standards.

To make your life easier, we suggest working alongside one of our friendly service pros. They can help you create a service calendar and even send reminders when you’re due for a checkup.

How To Check My Oil

Checking Oil With DipstickLike checking your tire pressure, inspecting your vehicle’s oil is simple to do once you know the steps to take. For best results, take your vehicle for a spin around the neighborhood, allowing enough time for the engine to warm up.

Next, find a level spot to park in a shaded area. Turn off the engine and pop open the hood. The oil dipstick is typically yellow or red and rests near the engine cover.  Using a shop rag or micro-fiber cloth, remove the dipstick from its holster and inspect the oil’s consistency, color, and scent.

Healthy motor oil should be amber-colored, free of particles, and generally odorless. If the oil appears thick or smells burnt, schedule a service appointment at your earliest opportunity.

Schedule a Synthetic Oil Change

Can’t remember the last time you changed your vehicle’s oil? Then don’t wait another day! Call or go online to schedule an oil change at VW of Panama City Service Center.

Our team is committed to providing thorough care to have you back on the streets near Springfield, Callaway, and Panama City in no time!

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Volkswagen of Panama City
Volkswagen of Panama City
3605 E 15th St
Panama City, FL, 32404 US
(850) 257-2800
Volkswagen of Panama City 30.1756692, -85.6043328.