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How Long Will Synthetic Oil Last Before it Needs to Be Changed?

by Mitch Morgan

Maintaining the life of a vehicle requires a routine oil change. Learning a few key facts about synthetic oil will help determine how often your car needs an oil change.

Benefits

Car getting fresh oil

Synthetic oils can outlast basic petroleum oil by at least three times. While a car that runs on regular oil might require an oil change every 3,000 miles, cars running on synthetic oil might be able to run much longer -- between 9,000 and 15,000 miles.

Additives

Car on long distance drive

Premium additives found in most synthetic oils help an engine run longer and cleaner -- without buildup -- than conventional petroleum oil. The additives also allow the oil to last longer than regular motor oil without as great a change in composition or performance.

Effects

Car driving in winter conditions

Using synthetic oil in a vehicle helps a car to withstand extreme hot and cold temperature. This in turn adds longevity to the life of the vehicle’s engine and can decrease the need for regular oil changes.

Considerations

Man checking oil of car

Using synthetic oil does not guarantee more mileage between oil changes. The type of vehicle, its age and the type of oil it requires can determine the length of time synthetic oil will last before it needs to be changed.

About the Author

Based in Nashville, Mitch Morgan has been a writer since 2005. His articles have appeared in daily and weekly newspapers, "Nightclub & Bar Magazine" and various websites. Morgan earned a B.A. in print journalism at the University of Mississippi. As the former editor of a weekly arts-and-entertainment guide, he maintains a passion for film and music.

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