Most modern Volkswagen models require the use of full synthetic oil. But if you drive an older VW model or a vehicle not made by Volkswagen, it may be able to use semi-synthetic oil. The next time your vehicle is due for a semi-synthetic oil change, head to Volkswagen of New Port Richey, serving Elfers and Seven Springs from our convenient location in New Port Richey.
To understand semi-synthetic oil (also known as a synthetic blend), it's a good idea to understand two other types of engine oil.
Conventional oil is a mineral oil used to lubricate vehicles' engines. It does this well, but it's not particularly long-lasting. It's recommended that you have conventional oil changed at least every 3,000 miles or every 3 months. Synthetic oil, by comparison, keeps your engine even better lubricated. It has detergent additives that keep the engine cleaner, and its increased ability to stand up to the hot conditions of the engine means that it lasts longer. In modern VW vehicles, you only have synthetic oil changed about every 10,000 miles or once a year. Synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional oil upfront, but the additional longevity can make it worth it.
Semi-synthetic oil is a blend of conventional and synthetic oil. It can give your vehicle some of the benefits of synthetic oil at a somewhat lower price. However, it's important to make sure that your vehicle can accept synthetic oil before using it in an oil change.
Internal combustion engines like the kind that power VW vehicles have several fast-moving metal components. If they are not properly lubricated, these parts will become damaged by friction, and the engine oil provides this lubrication. Engine oil will begin to break down over time, and it may become contaminated with tiny bits of metal and rubber. If you go too long between oil changes, the oil's reduced ability to lubricate the engine properly will shorten its lifespan. In time, old oil can even cause massive damage to the engine. This is why your vehicle needs to have its oil changed regularly.
Volkswagen of New Port Richey is proud to be your Pasco County source for VW service, including semi-synthetic oil changes. When you're ready to make your appointment, use our online service scheduler. Then, head to Volkswagen of New Port Richey, serving Bayonet Point and Tarpon Springs, FL!