To use a famous saying, go for it! There is still some misinformation about switching to another kind of oil in automobiles, specifically older versions that have many miles on their engines. A tiny group of misinformed mechanics in service stations and on Internet forums still hold on to old fashioned ideas that synthetic engine oils by detrimental to cam shaft roller followers by causing them to “slide or skid,” or that changing over to synthetic motor oil creates problems in old motors, especially oil leakages. So, can you switch from conventional oil to synthetic oil? Let’s find out!
Proof and experience has shown that these old fashioned concepts about synthetics creating motor problems are false.
Since properly developed synthetics supply advantages well beyond what traditional as well as synthetic-blend lubricants provide, the use of synthetic lubricating oils is expanding quickly. New car manufacturers for both automobiles and light-duty trucks come with synthetic lubricants already installed. Of course, your high-performance cars tend to be factory filled with synthetics.
Can You Switch From Conventional Oil To Synthetic? Yes!
Bring your car to your local service technician or closest fast lube shop and request synthetic engine oil. If you’re ambitious and not afraid to get your hands dirty, you can install synthetic motor oil yourself. There are no unique requirements that need to be done to your motor when changing over to synthetics, except if you’ve decided to use the absolute best in synthetics, which would be a 100% pure synthetic motor oil formulated with molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), or moly. If you’re going with moly synthetic motor oil in a brand new vehicle or new rebuilt engine, then you must wait for the first 1,000 miles. Moly synthetic motor oil is so effective at reducing frictional wear that installing such an oil in a brand new engine would take many more thousands of miles before the engine would be properly broken in. The fact is, synthetic motor oil will not create any new issues in your automobile that were not existing already.
It is not necessary to flush out conventional petroleum oil, since a high performance oil such as moly synthetic motor oil is compatible with conventional motor oils. Also, utilizing a flushing chemical could weaken seals, gaskets, and O-rings.
Once you’ve decided to utilize moly synthetic motor oil, simply drain the old petroleum oil out completely, then install a new high quality oil filter, gas filter, and air filter. Next, check engine idle. The engine may require adjustment, as engine’s RPM’s may increase due to moly’s powerful ability to reduce frictional wear and fluid friction in a motor.
Initially, if oil consumption seems excessive, this indicates that the moly synthetic oil is cleaning the inside of your engine and is removing and carrying any excess of suspended dirt. In this case, it is best to change to another new oil filter. If consumption still continues, then simply change the old filter again. Eventually, consumption will stop and your engine at that point will be clean as new and your moly synthetic motor oil ready for long drain intervals beyond conventional motor oil.
If you are using moly synthetic motor oil, do not fill the reservoir beyond the upper oil mark of your dipstick. Adding in too much oil to your engine offers no useful benefit or purpose and could even harm the engine. Your oil dipstick may register a drop after the first few hundred miles. This does not mean the oil is burning. Typically, what is causing this slightly low engine oil level reading on your dipstick is because this oil tends to cling tenaciously to all internal engine parts. It requires some time to drain completely back to the reservoir. It is recommended that the engine oil be monitored regularly with the car resting on a level road surface and the oil checked when its cold before starting the engine, or if the engine has been run throughout the day to wait a full 8 hours for all the oil to drain back into the sump. Checking the oil this way will provide an accurate reading for a moly synthetic motor oil. This unique clingability characteristic of a moly synthetic motor oil is another example of superior molecular structure of the base oil and the powerful friction modifying characteristics and corrosion protection delivered by such a quality lubricant.
To maximize the oil’s long service life benefits and to help in maximizing engine life, filter replacements must not go beyond 6 months or 10,000 miles. Remember, when first switching to a moly synthetic motor oil, replace the oil filter by the first 1,000 miles after first changing to the moly oil. By changing the oil filter every 6 months or 10,000 miles, the moly synthetic motor oil has proven to perform effectively after 40,000 miles all the way up to 80,000 miles. If in an emergency it is required to mix in a petroleum motor oil, this is OK, but understand that mixing will weaken the high performance characteristics of a moly synthetic motor oil and also shorten the life or drain period of the oil. It is not needed or recommended to add additional after market engine oil additives since they are not needed or recommended.
Can you switch from conventional oil to synthetic oil? Now that you know the answer is yes, you can now reap many benefits from the use of synthetic lubricants in your vehicle.