Differences Between Synthetic, Full, and Conventional Oil Changes


It’s a question that’s asked often here. Just what is the difference between Conventional and Full oil and really just what is semi-synthetic oil and is it really necessary for your oil change? Which type of oil change do I actually need to get for my car for it to actually run? And cost wise, which one is worth it? So, you might not know the difference between synthetic blend oils and full synthetic oil and if you don’t, then it’s time to pull up a chair.

First things first, motor oils aren’t created equal. You might already know that synthetic oils typically outperform conventional oils.

First, let’s define “synthetic.”  While traditional mineral or conventional use refined crude oil (you know, that stuff you find in the ground), synthetic oils consist of chemical compounds that are artificially made by breaking down and then rebuilding petroleum molecules. Wait? Isn’t natural better? While that’s what we’ve been taught, for motor oil, that’s not necessarily the case. You see, with synthetic oils, the end result is an oil that contains specific molecules that are tailored to provide optimal lubrication properties.

Most vehicles, nowadays actually take a synthetic oil to run. Many of the newer cars have high-performance engines in them. This generates more heat than conventional engines. Because of this heat, these high-performance engines need an oil that can sustain higher temperatures without breaking down so easily. Hence the need for a synthetic oil.

As mentioned, there two different kinds of synthetic oil to choose from - synthetic blend oil and full synthetic oil. And yes, there is a difference between them.

Synthetic blend oil (or semi-synthetic) is a mix of of full synthetic oil and conventional oil. Because of the added synthetic base stock, you’re going to get more performance and protection than you would by using a conventional oil alone.

Full synthetic oil uses a synthetic base mixed with a variety of additives that help to boost the performance of the oil.  Full synthetic motor oil contains base oil that is man-made. The synthesis processes through which the oil is made improve key performance attributes and enable improvements to wear protection, extreme temperature performance and deposit control. It also provides an opportunity for lower grades (like 0W-20) which are designed to improve fuel economy.

So, while it can be confusing, it really is it important to know what type of oil your car’s manufacturer recommends for your vehicle because it will help prolong the functionality and the lifespan of the engine.

Want to know which type of motor oil is right for your vehicle? Make sure to talk with our skilled and certified technicians at Courtesy Palm Harbor Honda. Also, we always offer money saving coupons on our site for oil changes and you can find them here. Schedule your appointment with our easy to use scheduler today. We look forward to taking care of your vehicle’s oil change needs at our service department.

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