Synthetic and synthetic blend motor oils are designed to be the highest quality motor oil available for your vehicle, for when you want the best protection and performance possible.
What is synthetic motor oil? Simply put, synthetic motor oil is specifically created from chemical compounds. These formulations allow scientists to create motor oil that at a molecular level is able to provide superior, more complete protection for your engine than conventional motor oil can. This means a series of complicated-sounding but significant benefits, like less evaporative loss, a higher viscosity index, greater resistance to oxidation thermal breakdown and sludge problems. Plus, markedly superior low and high temperature performance. Bottom line: synthetic oil helps keep your engine as close to new as possible for as long as possible, which adds up to you having greater peace of mind on the road.
Synthetic oil costs more than conventional oil, which is why Jiffy Lube® also offers synthetic blend. As the name suggests, synthetic blend is simply a mixture or blend of synthetic and conventional motor oils. Both its price and protection levels are in between conventional and full synthetic oil. (Often synthetic oil is referred to as “full synthetic” to distinguish it from a synthetic blend.) So you can think of conventional, synthetic blend and full synthetic oil as good, better, best.
There are many reasons people decide to use synthetic oil. First, because your vehicle’s manufacturer requires it. More and more manufacturers today design their engines specifically around the superior protection and performance properties of synthetic oils. Your Jiffy Lube® technician can tell you which oil is required for your vehicle, or you can look at your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. You may risk engine damage if you don’t use synthetic oil, and you may void your new-vehicle warranty.
The second reason to use synthetic oil is because it offers better protection and performance, regardless of whether your manufacturer requires it or not, particularly in extreme temperatures. Synthetic oil flows more freely at freezing temperatures than conventional oil and resists breakdown or “burn off” at higher temperatures. The difference is really eye-opening. So especially if you live in areas of the country where temperatures sometimes get down to single digits and/or climbs near or exceeds triple digits, you should consider a synthetic or synthetic blend. You should also consider a synthetic or synthetic blend if you do a lot of towing or other “severe use” driving, like lots of stop-and-go traffic or grinding, rush-hour, big-city commutes.