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Is synthetic oil all it’s cracked up to be? Almost certainly

Do Toyota cars, trucks or SUVs require synthetic oil? 

If there is a single lesson that every service technician working at Serra Toyota of Decatur would like people to learn is that they need to change their oil on time. While modern automobiles are more complex than ever, they are also more reliable than ever and improvements to petrochemical engineering have played a huge role in that area. So, do Toyota car, trucks or SUVs require synthetic oil? Unfortunately, with so many kinds of vehicles out on the road, serving an untold number of needs. For the best results in getting your vehicle to perform at a high level for as long as possible, always follow the owner’s manual. Let’s take a look at a few things you need to know. 

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What is synthetic oil? 

All oil starts by being pulled out of the ground and refined. When the refinement process is over is where the paths of synthetic and conventional oil diverge. During the production of synthetic oil, it is broken down into molecular components where a series of complex additives are introduced. Some synthetic oils are completely manufactured from scratch without using crude oil as a base.  

Is synthetic oil better than conventional? 

Most modern vehicles are now designed to run with synthetic oil and conventional wisdom says that it is more effective than conventional oil. Some of synthetic oil’s advantages over conventional include a more uniform molecular structure that is better at protecting the engine from friction. It is also better and protecting a vehicle across a wider range of temperatures. Hot conditions can cause conventional oils to be less effective because it gets too thin. Conversely, colder climates can cause the oil to become too thick to get to where it needs to be. 

The biggest advantage that synthetic oil has over its conventional counterpart is longer intervals between service. Some newer vehicles that use synthetic oil can go as long as 10,000 miles between oil changes. However, it’s important to stick to the maintenance schedule laid out in the vehicle’s manual. 

If you have any questions about how to best take care of your vehicle, contact a service technician from Toyota of Decatur today.