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Maintenance January 14, 2016

Why Choose Synthetic Oil?

In additional to conventional oils, Virginia Tire & Auto performs oil changes using high-quality synthetic oils.

Synthetic motor oils contain more highly refined base oils than those used in conventional mineral oils, which can offer you better protection and performance. Synthetic oils provide a variety of benefits, such as excellent high- and low-temperature performance, that can provide excellent engine protection.

Synthetic Oil vs. Conventional Oils

There are two basic types of engine oil available:

1. Conventional mineral oil, the traditional engine oil and most widely used
2. Synthetic motor oil, which is steadily gaining popularity among auto manufacturers and consumers

(There are also synthetic blend motor oils, which are a blend of synthetic oils and conventional mineral oils. Synthetic blend motor oils are also sometimes called “semi-synthetics.”)

Both types of engine oil are made from crude oil that comes from the ground. The difference is that synthetic oils undergo numerous additional highly-advanced distilling, refining, and purification processes—and therefore have a higher purity and quality than conventional mineral oils. These processes not only remove more impurities from the original crude, but also enable the engineering of the lubricant’s individual molecules to be uniform and consistent, tailored to meet the specific high-performance demands of modern engines. These customized molecules provide higher levels of protection and performance, even in extreme conditions.

The performance of synthetic motor oil is more robust, especially in terms of low-temperature pumpability, high-temperature stability, and protection against deposits. These attributes translate directly into less engine wear and longer engine life.

All Virginia Tire & Auto locations carry Mobil 1 products. Nothing works harder to keep your car, truck, van or SUV running smoothly than Mobil-branded oils. From premium conventional to advanced full-synthetic oil, high-performance to high-mileage oil—there is a Mobil-branded motor oil to help you go the distance time and time again.

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