Synthetic Vs. Synthetic Blend Motor Oil

by Andrew Cohen

Synthetic motor oil and synthetic blend motor oil are two different types of motor oil. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, and it pays to research which will best suit your automobile.

Features

Synthetic motor oil is made from refining and processing man-made chemicals.

Synthetic motor oil is motor oil that is made from refining and processing man-made chemicals. Synthetic blend motor oil is motor oil that is made by combining synthetic motor oil and traditional petroleum-based motor oil. The amount of synthetic motor oil content in synthetic blend motor oil is 10 percent or less.

Function

Synthetic motor oils last longer than traditional motor oils.

Synthetic motor oils last longer than traditional motor oils because they resist breakdown and high temperatures more efficiently. Synthetic blend motor oils tend to last just as long as traditional motor oils, since traditional oil is the main ingredient.

Cost

Synthetic motor oils cost three to four times more than traditional motor oils.

Synthetic motor oils and synthetic blend motor oils tend to cost up to three to four times more than traditional motor oils.

Considerations

Traditional and synthetic motor oils need to be changed regularly.

Both traditional and synthetic blend motor oils have to be changed every 3,000 miles. Synthetic motor oils can be changed every 6,000 miles.

Warning

Be wary of synthetic blend motor oils.

Synthetic blend motor oils do not offer much to the costumer, and are marketed because they are extremely cheap for manufacturers to produce.

About the Author

Andrew Cohen is an aspiring writer from New Jersey who focuses on international relations and political theory. He has been writing seriously for over five years. His bachelor's degree is in political science with a minor in history.

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