Wondering How Often to Change Synthetic Oil?

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Does your vehicle use synthetic oil? You may then be wondering how often do you change synthetic oil in your car. This is a common question we hear from drivers in the Tysons Corner area. For most drivers, synthetic oil lasts between 7,500 miles and 15,000 miles. This varies based on the oil you choose as well as the type of vehicle that you have. To know the exact oil change interval recommended for your make and model, consult your owner’s manual. If you realize that it is time for a synthetic oil change, you can set up an appointment right away at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles. 

Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil: What Sets Them Apart? 

You may have noticed that synthetic oil is a bit pricier than conventional motor oil. Why is this option more expensive? Synthetic oil is more refined, and therefore it lasts longer than a conventional motor oil alternative. Synthetic oil is also usually required or highly recommended for high-performance vehicles. So, which type of motor oil is the best choice for your particular make and model? If you are not sure, you will want to see what is recommended by the manufacturer in your owner’s manual. 

Why Choose Synthetic Oil?

Although synthetic is a little more expensive, it does have plenty of benefits that make it worth the extra cost. Here are just a few reasons to consider this option: 

  • Longer Oil Change Interval – When you use synthetic oil, you typically do not have to bring your vehicle in for an oil change as often as you would if you used conventional motor oil. 
  • Better at Higher Temperatures – Synthetic oil doesn’t become as viscous when subjected to the high heat of an engine. This is one reason for its longevity.
  • Better for Performance – If you do a lot of racing or off-roading, synthetic oil could be a smarter choice. Synthetic oil is able to stay cleaner for longer, leading to better performance. 

Can You Mix Synthetic and Conventional Oil?

Mixing synthetic and conventional oil is not recommended, but you can do so if you are in a pinch. When you mix the two, you end up diluting the performance advantages of synthetic oil. If synthetic oil is a necessity for your vehicle, it is best to not mix it with conventional oil. 

How Much Does a Synthetic Oil Change Cost?

The type of vehicle you drive and the grade of the oil factor into the cost of a synthetic oil change at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles. If you would like a more accurate estimate of the cost of a synthetic oil change, you can always contact our service department for more information. 

Set Up Your Next Oil Change at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles! 

Is your vehicle in need of an oil change? Set up an appointment with the highly-skilled technicians at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles. We’ll help get your vehicle back on the roads of Springfield in no time. We also offer rotating service specials to help you save on oil changes, tire rotations, and more!

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