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CHICO: Have You Considered Synthetic Oil?

I recently saw an ad for synthetic oil.  I really hadn’t heard about it before, so I asked by service advisor for some background.  Basically, the inside of your engine gets hot because of friction from the moving parts and from burning fuel.  Oil lubricates the moving parts to keep them from getting too hot. 

The problem comes when oil turns to sludge, which is kind of a thick jelly.  Sludge clogs up little passages so that the oil can’t protect parts of the engine.  So, the two best ways to prevent sludge build-up is to always change your oil on schedule; and to use synthetic oil.

Synthetic oil’s much more resistant to becoming sludge than conventional oil.  My technician says it has the added benefit of lasting longer than conventional oil, so the recommended change interval Can be longer.

The thing I think is cool is that synthetic oil is slipperier than conventional oil.  Regular oil molecules are long chains where synthetic oil molecules are rounder.  It’s like, which is slipperier, a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles?  This means that synthetic oil does a better job of lubricating my engine, so it doesn’t get as hot, or wear as fast. 

Using synthetic oil improves my engine performance and helps it last longer.  I’m really glad my service advisor filled me in on synthetic oil.  Maybe you should consider synthetic for your next oil change.

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