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What You'll Get
- Conventional Oil and Standard Filter Change
- Full Synthetic Oil and Standard Filter Change
Synthetic Oil: Sending Petroleum the Way of the Dinosaurs
Before the invention of synthetic motor oil in the 1930s, machinery was protected with not only petroleum but also rendered fat, vegetable oil, and even whale oil. Read on to learn how synthetic oil got cars moving more efficiently.
The widespread use of synthetic oils began in World War II when massive tanks and jet fighters required a source of oil not tied to strategic regions in enemy hands. Under the high heat of a jet turbine or the bitter cold of a winter battlefield, naturally derived lubricating compounds could fail or freeze, but impurity-free, man-made oils churned along, and are currently capable of keeping a car’s moving parts humming for up to 7,000 miles between changes.
As with many aspects of car maintenance, the use of synthetic oil in engines is a source of fierce debate among auto enthusiasts. Some tinkerers fervently tout the superiority of naturally derived lubricants, citing synthetic’s relatively high cost or the tendency for early man-made compounds to leak. However, Popular Mechanics insists that modern synthetic oils run perfectly fine in most vehicles. Provided they refrain from loading up high-mileage or older vehicles with fully synthetic blends, car owners using synthetic motor oil may rest assured that their pistons are churning away safely and securely, even without the help of dead dinosaurs or rendered whales.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Valid on up to 5 quarts of oil and standard filter. Some specialty or canister filters will be an extra charge. Appointment Recommended. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift(s). May be repurchased every 90 days. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Valid only at listed locations. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.