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Are you using the best possible oil for your vehicle?

By Product Expert | Posted in Engine Specs, Technology on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 at 8:28 pm
A stock photo of oil being poured into an engine.

What kind of oil should I use in my Kia vehicle?

One of the on-going debates that can get rather heated in the Kia of St. Cloud Service Department usually starts with the question, what kind of oil should I use in my Kia vehicle? For the most part, this discussion is limited to the merits of synthetic oil versus conventional oil. Unless one of our service technicians recommends something different, you should always follow the recommendations laid out in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If you’re the type that likes to get your hands dirty and turn your own wrenches, our service team thought it would be beneficial to talk about the benefits of both types so you can make an informed decision.

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What is synthetic oil?

Both kinds of oil, conventional and synthetic, start their journey to your garage by being pulled out of the ground and sent to a facility for refining. Synthetic oil goes through a few extra steps of breaking it down to the molecular level and it also has additional compounds added to the mix.

There are a few reasons that someone might want to make sure their engine is using synthetic oil. The biggest and most important reason is that it’s better at protecting and cleaning and engine than conventional oil. Additionally, synthetic oil is better at protecting engines across a wider range of temperatures than conventional oil. In colder weather, conventional oil can thicken and not get to where it needs to be. Conversely, the opposite is also a problem because hot weather can become too thin and not offer as much protection.

Finally, synthetic oil is more robust than its conventional counterpart. This means that vehicle owners will be able to go longer between oil changes than those who continue to use synthetic oil.

If you have any questions as to how to get the most from your vehicle, make an appointment with a Kia of St. Cloud representative today.

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