What's the Difference Between Full Synthetic Oil and Semi-Synthetic Oil & Which Type Should You Choose?

Oil helps to keep your Volvo vehicle running smoothly by helping to keep your engine's fast-moving metal parts lubricated and cool, but you have a few different choices when it comes to the kind of oil you should pick for your car. Oil comes in several varieties, including semi-synthetic and full synthetic, and each of these oil varieties brings something different to the table. So, when the time comes to schedule an oil change, knowing which kind of oil to reach for can have a great impact on your car's performance.

Full synthetic oil is an artificial compound that is chemically formulated. Semi-synthetic oil, or synthetic blend oil, is a mix of conventional oil and synthetic oil, so it strikes a balance between the two types. So, what do these different oil types do? Why would you pick one over the other? The type of oil you choose can often come down to the type of car you drive and the climate you drive in, as certain types of oil are intended for specific purposes, such as keeping high-performance engines working smoothly or giving engines an edge in cold climates. The easiest way to understand which oil type does what is to break down the benefits of each, so please feel free to dive into our exploration of these two oils!

Our Volvo experts at our Volvo service center serving the Cleveland are ready to help with all your oil change needs, including helping you choose the right oil type for your car. So, if your car is due for an oil change and you're considering oil types, please don't hesitate to ask our experts. We'll be happy to go over the specific advantages that certain oil types can have for your specific type of vehicle. Schedule an oil change today to get started on tending to all your car's Volvo oil change needs here at Leikin Volvo Cars Cleveland.


Full Synthetic Oil


Unlike conventional oil, synthetic oil is a compound that is formulated for the specific purpose of working in your vehicle. Because it's artificially created, it doesn't suffer from as many of the pitfalls that can plague conventional oil.

Some of the top reasons to use synthetic oil include:

  • It resists oil breakdown, which makes it last longer than regular oil
  • Since synthetic oil lasts longer, it can help improve the longevity of your engine
  • It can stand up to more extreme temperatures, making it flow easier during cold winters and hot summers

Synthetic oil is ideal for high-performance vehicles and extreme climates. However, even though synthetic oil lasts longer before it starts to break down, it's still important to keep up with regular oil changes to ensure that your engine has everything it needs to perform at its best.


Semi-Synthetic Oil


Synthetic oil blends, being a mix of conventional oil and synthetic, offer many of the benefits of both types. As such, synthetic blends offer better performance in extreme temperatures than conventional oil, though they still trail full synthetics. The trade-off is better longevity and extreme-temperature performance than conventional oil at a more affordable price than full synthetic.

So, if you're looking for a solid middle ground between conventional oil and full synthetic oil, synthetic blends can offer the balance you need. As always, no matter what type of oil you choose to use for your vehicle, it's important to adhere to recommended oil change schedules to ensure that your engine can perform at its best.



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