Conventional motor oil helped doom German soldiers in the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II, intensifying efforts to find a better motor oil. Here’s the story of how synthetic oil came to be.
In the battle of synthetic vs. conventional oil, most motorists today know that synthetic oil emerges victorious. It’s widely understood that synthetic oil provides improved wear protection, engine cleanliness and fuel efficiency, among other benefits. Synthetic oil also lasts longer, offering increased convenience and cost savings. But what makes synthetic oil better than conventional oil?
To borrow a famous slogan, just do it. There is still some confusion about changing to a different type of oil in vehicles, particularly older models that have accumulated many miles. A small group of ill-informed individuals in garages and on blogs still cling to old beliefs that synthetic motor oils cause roller followers to
The simple answer No. In fact, there are wide performance differences between base oil group categories. Generally speaking, Group IV base oils offer the best performance, Group III second best, and so on in reverse order. But be forewarned – there are exceptions. And, you can’t judge motor oil performance solely on base oil type.
Unlike food and drug companies, which must disclose the ingredients in their products, lubricant manufactures aren’t held to the same mandate, which can cause confusion if you’re shopping for synthetic motor oil. Store shelves are lined with oils described as “full synthetic,” “semi-synthetic,” “synthetic” and even “100% synthetic.”