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Many of you would be confused about what is better. Fully synthetic or high mileage oil. The term “synthetic oil” refers to the base oil, which contains all of the additives required in all oils to provide the vehicle or lifted truck‘s engines with the necessary protection.
The label is what distinguishes Mineral or Synthetic “High Mileage.” If the manufacturer truly wishes to extend the life of the oil (rather than the engine), antacids are added to the additive package. These antacids, such as calcium sulfonates, raise the Total Base Number of oil, extending its life.
Having said that, synthetic oil starts out better. It has a much longer and stronger carbon chain, which increases the pressure the oil boundary layer can withstand before failing.
Is Synthetic Motor Oil Really Better than non-Synthetic?
High mileage oil can be conventional, synthetic, or a combination. It is loaded with additives meant to benefit engines with many miles on them. However, it contains a “stop leak” additive that causes the engine’s oil seals to swell to fill any gaps that have formed between them and the surrounding metal.
This can temporarily stop an oil leak, but it can also make it worse in the long run. So, high mileage is not as efficient as synthetic oil. Usually, you replace your oil for three reasons:
- Mechanical forces break down long molecular chains that provide lubrication. The oil thins and offers less protection.
- Both are appropriate for daily driving. Modern conventional has an excellent detergent mix, a wide temperature range, and a relatively long usable life.
- Sludge also forms in the oil aging process, being exposed to heat, being pumped around, and taking on other chemicals from the combustion process. Fresh oil clears this out and contains detergents that clean sludge.
All automobiles utilize a trivial amount of oil during the changing process. You’ll most probably get back about 1 quart less than you put in for each oil change.
Synthetics are superior because they do not degrade quickly, contain better detergents, are more resistant to sludge, and have a wider temperature range.
As a result, they are frequently advertised as having extended ranges of 5, 10, 15, and even 20,000mi. While this claim is mostly true, we don’t recommend waiting that long between changes for two reasons:
- Your oil FILTER is not intended for those temperatures.
- Most cars continue to leak/burn a small amount of oil. You’d probably have none left by 20,000 miles.
If you switch from conventional to synthetic oil, your old car will leak oil.
Unlike the first synthetic oils introduced in the 1970s, synthetic oils contain no chemicals that will harm your seals. Because synthetic oils are just as thick as conventional oils, they cannot magically flow through cracks that traditional oils cannot.
This could be true only if you already have a significant sludge problem. Switching to a Synthetic (or a good conventional) detergent will break down the sludge, opening up cracks and causing free-floating chunks to clog passageways.
The ONLY interval you should follow is 3,000 miles.
Unless you stick with cheap brands from a gas station, almost any good conventional/blend/full syn is stable for at least 5,000 miles.
We only advise against 7500+ mile oils. Not because we don’t believe they can handle it, but because we believe most cars can’t hold 5 quarts of oil without losing or burning about 1 quart every 6 months. Having a marathon oil is pointless if you don’t have any oil left.
In terms of performance, synthetic oils are far superior. The lower friction level ensures the engine’s safety. Also, additives help to remove deposits from the engine. Furthermore, because it contains fewer impurities, it burns cleaner, thickens much more slowly, and has fewer deposits, to begin with.
We hope you got your answer to what is better. Fully synthetic or high mileage oil. Happy driving.