Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Rob asks: My wife took my car in for an oil change and they put Valvoline advanced full synthetic 0W20 in my 2012 Honda Accord. Does this reduce the need for warm up times (if necessary at all)? Finally, since the price of an oil change is similar to an inner city mortgage, can I hope to get more miles from it? Your thoughts on miles?
My reply: Synthetic oil has a number of advantages; it flows much better when the engine is cold (and it’s very cold outside) and offers more protection when the engine is very hot (or being run very hard).
Modern car engines – generally, anything made within the past 25 years – don’t require “warming up,” per se. But synthetics will often give you a noticeably easier start-up in very cold weather and you will likely get a wear and tear benefit (that is, less of it).
The other benefit you get from using a synthetic is longer intervals between changes; this offsets some of the higher cost of using synthetic. Your Honda’s owner manual should have service recommendations in re this.
Be sure to use – or specify – a good quality oil filter to go with the synthetic. I prefer Wix and Mobil1.
Never go cheap on filters!
Also: Make sure they filled your Honda’s engine (and didn’t overfill it). Also, that they tightened the drain plug! Never assume all’s okay when it comes to oil change service; this work is often done hurriedly by “technicians” who aren’t trained mechanics.
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