Synthetic Oil vs. Conventional Oil

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The service center at Mercedes-Benz of Tysons Corner works hard to keep your Mercedes-Benz in top condition by providing Vienna drivers with a wide range of auto services and expertise. If you’ve been wondering, “What’s the difference between synthetic vs. conventional oil?” we can help! Keep reading as we compare synthetic oil vs. conventional oil and full synthetic oil vs. synthetic blends. Then, contact us with any questions or to schedule your next oil change.



What is Conventional (Regular) Oil?

Before we discuss synthetic vs. regular oil, let’s define what differentiates them. Regular motor oil, also called conventional or standard motor oil, is a petroleum-based fluid used in combustion engines to lubricate essential parts and minimize engine wear. Engine oil is distilled from crude oil from the earth, protecting your new Mercedes-Benz engine from high temperatures on your drives around Mclean or beyond.

What is Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic oil is also a petroleum-based liquid, but it has enhanced lubrication properties and is more stable than regular motor oil. Synthetic oils oxidize less quickly than regular motor oils and are better at other protective properties.

Synthetic oil is chemically developed from petrochemicals in an intense process that enhances properties and makes them better (and more expensive) than standard engine oils. Synthetic oil also provides the following for your Great Falls drives:

  • Less viscous at lower temperatures
  • Better protection of critical turbocharger parts (when equipped)
  • Provides enhanced engine cleaning qualities

Compare Full Synthetic vs. Synthetic Blends

Along with synthetic oils and regular motor oils, synthetic blends are also available at most Great Falls auto parts stores. Synthetic blends are part synthetic oil and part conventional oil, which is less expensive than synthetic but also offers enhanced properties over standard oil. You can order motor oil online from the parts center at Mercedes-Benz of Tysons Corner.

Note: Most Mercedes-Benz models require full synthetic oil vs. conventional oil. You can check your owner’s manual or consult with our service advisors near Chantilly to learn what kind of motor oil your vehicle requires.

Schedule Your Next Oil Change at Mercedes-Benz of Tysons Corner!

Now that you know the difference between full synthetic oil vs. synthetic blend and synthetic vs. regular oil, contact us today if you need an oil change! You can make a service appointment online and browse our service specials to see if you can save money. We are always at your service, so let us know how we can help.


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