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An Overview of the Different Types of Motor Lubricant and Their Uses

You’ve heard all the terms – conventional, high mileage, and synthetic oil grades, but what do they actually mean?

Here you can find out about the different types of lubricant and what each is best for.

Learning about your vehicle’s lifeblood will keep it healthy. Show it some love and it’ll return the favor!

  • Synthetic Motor Oil: This lubricant is a laboratory-created formula of accurately controlled ingredients made by chemists, oil engineers and scientists. When mixed with high-performance additives, the result is a lubricant with the best level of engine protection.
  • Synthetic Blend Motor Oil: This lubricant is a mixture of conventional and synthetic base oils for additional oxidation resistance. It also contains good low-temperature properties and is recommended for trucks, cars, SUVs, and vans that carry heavy loads regularly, operate frequently at high revs, and/or tow trailers.
  • High Mileage Motor Oil: This lubricant is specially made for vehicles with high mileage or older vehicles. Some high performance, high mileage cars, however, are served better by a synthetic lubricant.
  • Conventional Motor Oil: This lubricant is exactly what its name suggests. In the blending process, base oils are enhanced with chemical additives to meet a manufacturer’s desired level of breakdown resistance, heat tolerance and viscosity (the technical word for fluidity and thickness of oil). Conventional oil is available in a range of quality and viscosity levels – from adequate to ultra high.

Today, an increasing number of engines require synthetic lubricant, so check your owner’s manual to avoid engine or warranty problems.