Does Your Honda Vehicle Need to Switch to Synthetic Engine Oil?

There's one question that's seemingly always asked every single time you get your oil changed: "Do you want to switch to synthetic oil?" Given that synthetic engine oil costs nearly twice as much as conventional engine oil, it's not a decision to make lightly. Synthetic oil manufacturers claim that if you switch you won't to get your oil changed as often, and many say your engine will perform better if you switch, but is it really worth the added expense?

Most manufacturers don't require you to use synthetic oil, so you won't find the answer in the owner's manual. One notable exception would be If you drive a high-performance car and or a vehicle equipped with a turbocharged or supercharged engine; these vehicles usually need a synthetic.

Synthetic oil does usually last longer than conventional oil, so you can go at least 7,500 miles between oil changes. By halving the number of oil changes, you're pretty much cancelling out the extra cost. It's also important to note that older engines may benefit from switching, thanks to the reduction in engine sludge; also, synthetic oil typically holds up better in extreme temperatures.

Honestly, it's up to you to decide if switching is the right choice. If you'd like honest, professional advice, may we suggest that talk to one of the factory-trained Honda service experts in the Service Center at Piazza Honda of Reading? Our team is committed to delivering quality customer service to drivers from the Pottsdown, Lancaster, Lebanon and Allentown areas.

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