Synthetic oil is a lubricant consisting of chemical compounds, artificially made (synthesized). Synthetic lubricants can be manufactured by chemically modified petroleum components rather than whole crude oil. They could also be synthesized from other raw materials. Synthetic oil is used as a substitute for lubricant refined from petroleum when operating in extremes of temperature as it generally provides superior mechanical and chemical properties to those found in traditional mineral oils.
The way to implement an oil change is similar whatever the composition. You can follow our guidelines given in the section «How to do an oil change».
We just point out 2 important issues:
- Synthetics can last as much as three times longer than conventional oil, which means that you could be dumping less than 15 to 24 liters of oil.
- With synthetic oils, you can go up to 20,000 or 30,000 km of oil drain intervals.
Please note that all these are mainly recommendations. You should follow the steps carefully and remember that you are responsible for these actions. So, be sure that you have both necessary equipment and skills. If not, we suggest that you should address to a qualified mechanic so as to implement these operations. We also recommend that you recycle your used oil by taking it to an oil change center or a waste recycling facility. Any type of oil can be reused: car oil, motorbike oil, truck oil, tractor oil, boat oil and others. In recycling, do not mix different products such as brake fluid, coolant and engine oil. Each fluid has to be recycled separately. Even small quantities of coolant or brake fluid in used engine oil could disrupt or halt the recycling process.