Millennials and younger drivers have grown up in an age of heightened technology, learning to drive vehicles that are far more efficient than the old “muscle cars” and work trucks from the seventies and eighties. As such, they may or may not be familiar with traditional oil as opposed to the synthetic or semi-synthetic oils designed for modern car design tolerances. On the other side of things, Generation-X and Baby Boomers remember how traditional oil needs changing every 3,000 miles, about 2-3 months for the average daily driver, and may have questions about how synthetics are different. Traditional and synthetic oils perform the same function. The difference is, semi-synthetics are changed by professional technicians as part of an overall vehicle maintenance plan while traditional oils were often changed by the vehicle owner, or perhaps the owner would hire a local shade tree mechanic to do the job.
Semi-synthetic oil is best suited for certain makes and models of cars, according to their maintenance schedule. It gets changed according to the annual or pre-planned maintenance routine, which allows a technician to ensure the vehicle performs at peak efficiency. Fully synthetic oil is a great option as well. The problem it causes is because it lasts so long it might be overlooked and not be changed on time after it eventually breaks down. Traditional oil does its job just as well but causes long term damage if not changed every 3,000 miles. Synthetic oil is expensive for each oil change but more economical over the vehicle's lifetime. Traditional oil is pocket change to conduct but costs more over time. Semi-synthetic oil is a good balance economically for the average driver.
Engine oil breaks down because condensation forms in the tank, the lines pick up road grime, the engine overheats and burns it, or a leak occurs, forcing the remaining oil to work twice as hard. Theoretically, if you don't do oil changes, the car will fail and break down. That won't really happen. With modern driving plans, you'll lose the deposit on a leased vehicle if you don't conduct the required maintenance. You'll lose the resale value if you plan to trade-in for a newer car after some years, or if you intend to drive the car until it stops running, it won't last as many miles as expected.
There's more to the upkeep of the investment involved with today's cars than the promise it was maintained. An authorized dealer such as Briggs Kia in Topeka, KS, and serving the surrounding areas of Lawrence and Carbondale can assure your car provides the full value of your expectations by providing routine scheduled maintenance and formal records of such procedures.
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