New automotive technology requires some new automotive thinking

March 10th, 2020 by

Do I have to use synthetic oil in my Toyota vehicle?
If there is one lesson our team of experts working in the Serra Toyota Service Department wants customers to learn, it’s that there is no better way to keep a vehicle on the road than following the prescribed maintenance plan laid out in the owner’s manual. A close second would be to use factory-approved parts for those maintenance tasks. If it’s time for a stop by our service department, you might be wondering, ‘Do I have to use synthetic oil in my Toyota vehicle,’ our team has the answer. Like anything else in life, you don’t have to do anything. However, there will be consequences for those actions. Let’s take a look at a few things you might not know.

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What is synthetic oil?
Synthetic oil might not look much different from its conventional counterpart if the two were poured into cups and sitting side-by-side. However, at the molecular level, the two oils couldn’t more different. Both synthetic and conventional oils start out being pulled out of the ground and sent to the refinery. This is where stories start to diverge. Synthetic oil goes through some additional processes that break it down and have various chemicals added that change its properties.

Why is synthetic oil used?
The reason that synthetic oil has become so popular is that it works so much better than conventional oil. One of the many things that can affect how well a specific motor oil works is the surrounding environment. Extreme cold and heat have the potential to prevent oil from doing what it does best, protect the engine’s components from touching. Synthetic oil stands up to tougher conditions better and can help owners let the most from their investment.

Should I be using synthetic oil?
If your vehicle was built in the last five to 10 years, it is entirely likely that synthetic oil is already being used. Automakers made the switch some time ago and maintenance recommendations have been updated to reflect these changes in best practices. On the other hand, if you have a car that is old enough to vote, it might still be using conventional. A Serra Toyota service expert can tell you if you should be making the switch from conventional oil to synthetic based on your individual vehicle’s needs.

We’re always here to help you with anything that you might need when it comes to your current or next vehicle. Schedule an appointment with the Serra Toyota Service Department today.