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Disclaimer: This section is from Valvoline.... that's why Valvoline is mentioned by name.

MYTH: Switching between conventional and other types of motor oil is bad for my engine.
REALITY: Conventional, synthetic blend, synthetic, and high mileage motor oils are compatible. Mixing or switching between types of motor oil is not harmful to your engine.

MYTH: It's bad for my engine to switch between motor oil brands.
REALITY: Not all motor oils are the same, but simply switching brands will not have any harmful effect on your engine.

MYTH: Thicker oil is better.
REALITY: Thicker oil can be better for older engines in which engine parts have worn over the years. However, it is generally recommended to always stick with the viscosity recommended by the manufacturer of the particular engine.

MYTH: There is not any real difference between conventional and synthetic motor oil.
REALITY: There are not any real differences in the basestocks used to make synthetic and conventional oils, but there are differences in the additives and process used to make the final products.

MYTH: Conventional motor oils are natural, unprocessed products.
REALITY: Conventional oils use natural crude products extracted from the earth which go through a refining processes to produce a final product.

MYTH: Synthetic motor oils are man-made in a laboratory.
REALITY: Synthetic motor oils use crude oils extracted from the earth which go through a synthesis process and use man-made additives in the creation of a final product.

MYTH: Additives are good.
REALITY: Special additives can be good for certain vehicles in regard to seal leaks and oil consumption.

MYTH: Additives are bad.
REALITY: Additives can be harmful to an engine if used improperly or at the wrong time. Certain additives can form sludge or cause problems related to engine lubrication.

MYTH: Synthetic oils are too thin, creating blow-by and oil burn-off in older cars.
REALITY: Just like conventional motor oil, synthetic oils have a specific viscosity grade. However, synthetic motor oil contains extra lubrication additives to make the oil stronger and provide higher heat dissipation. Synthetic oils do not affect seals and will not be the cause of blow-by or oil burn off in an older engine.

MYTH: Synthetic oil is bad for engine seals.
REALITY: Synthetic oil will not cause any damage to engine seals.

MYTH: Older cars must use conventional motor oil.
REALITY: Not true. Older cars can use synthetic motor oil. Valvoline does not recommend using synthetic oil if the vehicle already contains a leak.

MYTH: All oils are the same.
REALITY: Different companies use different additives for their oils. That is what makes the oil products different.

MYTH: The "W" stands for "weight."
REALITY: It actually stands for winter.

MYTH: Synthetic oil is "fake" oil.
REALITY: Synthetic oils are not fake - they are still derived from crude. However, synthetic oils use higher basestocks than conventional oils. Synthetic oils also go through a different process than conventional oils for extra wear protection and overall higher shear strengths.

MYTH: Dark oil means it's time to change it.
REALITY: Not necessarily. Dark oil means that the oil is using the detergents added to the formulation to clean the inside of the engine. If an oil is dark, that doesn't mean that the additives are not working, it just means that the oil is doing its job to clean internally.

MYTH: You don't have to change your oil filter every time you change your oil.
REALITY: Valvoline recommends changing your oil filter each and every time you change your oil. This eliminates any risk of contaminants trapped by the oil filter, such as dirt, from re-entering the oil.

MYTH: Long driving = hard driving
REALITY: Not always. Hard driving pertains to high and/or constant changing of rpms, pulling or towing. It can also be dependant upon the geographic area in which you drive.

MYTH: It's good to let your car heat up (idle) before moving.
REALITY: It is good to let your car warm up for several minutes in cold temperatures. Otherwise, this really doesn't have an effect on the engine.

MYTH: All additives are the same.
REALITY: Not true. Some additives contain different formulations to affect certain parts of the engine differently than other additives.

MYTH: Oil can significantly improve horsepower (it can't make your engine better than it was).
REALITY: Certain oils, such as Valvoline's MaxLife, can significantly improve horsepower and prolong the life of an engine by conditioning seals and cleaning buildup, sludge, etc. from older engines.

MYTH: Synthetic oils cause cars to use more oil.
REALITY: Synthetic oils will not cause an engine to use more oil.

MYTH: Synthetics create more sludge.
REALITY: Not true. Valvoline synthetics are higher in detergents to help clean an engine and reduce the risk of sludge.

MYTH: If you don't drive in severe conditions, you don't need to change your oil as often.
REALITY: Valvoline recommends changing oil every 3,000 miles. Most consumers (more than 80% of drivers, according to a State of California study) actually drive under what is considered severe driving conditions (stop and go, short trips, towing, or very hot or very cold temperatures). Auto manufacturers' oil change interval recommendations are dramatically shorter for severe driving conditions, with the majority recommending 3,750 miles or less and with 3,000 miles being the most common recommendation. Both oil and oil filters have less of a useful life under severe conditions due to increased dirt and other contaminants. So, changing the oil and filter every 3,000 miles is the best way to ensure engine health.

MYTH: As long as you change the oil filter, you can run longer between oil changes.
REALITY: Valvoline recommends changing the oil filter every 3,000 miles with the oil. Both oil and oil filters have less of a useful life under severe conditions due to increased dirt and other contaminants. So, changing the oil and filter every 3,000 miles is the best way to ensure engine health.

MYTH: You can't use motor oil in a manual transmission.
REALITY: If a manual transmission application does not call for the use of a motor oil, it is strongly recommended not to use a motor oil. Follow your owner's manual for requirements on the correct fluid to use for your particular application.

MYTH: Bulk oil is a different (lower) quality than bottled oil.
REALITY: Bulk oil is the exact same oil that is bottled and sold in retail locations.

MYTH: Oil never wears out, it just gets dirty.
REALITY: Oil additives will weaken as the engine oil is used.

MYTH: You can improve an oil's performance with aftermarket additives.
REALITY: There are many different additive formulations that affect an engine oil. Some additives assist the engine with seal leaks, cleaning and other important factors.

MYTH: Using (brand x) will void my manufacturers warranty.
REALITY: Using a brand of oil that is different from your vehicle manufacturer's factory fill will not void the warranty. Just make sure that the oil meets the manufacturer's standards for use in the particular vehicle.

MYTH: Once your engine gets a taste of synthetic motor oil, there's no going back to conventional oil.
REALITY: Synthetic and conventional oils are compatible - It is not harmful if you decide to switch.

MYTH: Changing oil myself will void my manufacturer's warranty.
REALITY: Using a brand of oil that is different from your vehicle manufacturer's factory fill will not void the warranty nor will changing the oil yourself. As long as you use an oil that meets the vehicle manufacturer's standards, you will not void the warranty.

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Disclaimer: This section is from Mobil.... that's why Mobil is mentioned by name.

Myth: You should break in your engine with conventional oil, then switch to a synthetic oil like Mobil 1.
Reality: You can start using Mobil 1 in new vehicles at any time, even in brand new vehicles. In fact, Mobil 1 is original equipment (it is installed at the factory) in:
* Acura RDX
* Aston Martin
* All Bentley Vehicles
* All Cadillac Vehicles
* Chevrolet Corvette C6 and Z06
* Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS
* Chrysler 300C SRT-8
* Cobalt SS S/C Coupe
* Dodge Caliber SRT-4, Charger SRT-8, and Magnum SRT-8
* Jeep Cherokee SRT-8
* Mercedes-Benz AMG Vehicles
* Mercedes SLR
* Mitsubishi Evolution
* Pontiac Solstice GXP
* All Porsche Vehicles
* Saturn Ion Red Line and Saturn Sky Red Line
* Viper SRT-10

One of the myths surrounding synthetic oils is that new engines require a break-in period with conventional oil. The fact is, current engine manufacturing technology does not require this break-in period. As indicated by the decisions of the engineers who design the high-performance cars listed above, Mobil 1 can be used starting the day you drive the car off the showroom floor.

Myth: Using Mobil 1 will void the warranty on my new car.
Reality: Mobil 1 and Mobil 1 Extended Performance will not void new car warranties, with the exception of the Mazda rotary engine (Mazda does not recommend any synthetic motor oil). Mobil 1 exceeds the API and ILSAC motor oil service requirements for all new vehicles, both import and domestic. If in doubt, always check your vehicle owner's manual or contact your vehicle's manufacturer.
Since most new car warranties call for shorter service intervals than those enabled by Mobil 1 Extended Performance, ExxonMobil recommends you follow the recommendations in your owner's manual while your car is under warranty.

Myth: I need to flush my engine before switching to Mobil 1.
Reality: No special preparation is necessary when switching from conventional motor oil to Mobil 1 or Mobil 1 Extended Performance.

Myth: Mobil 1 and Mobil 1 Extended Performance require a special oil filter.
Reality: While ExxonMobil recommends that you use a high-quality filter, you can use the same type of oil filter that you would normally use with conventional oil. ExxonMobil does offer a very high-quality oil filter that is a perfect companion to Mobil 1. The Mobil 1 Extended Performance Oil Filter contains synthetic blend filter media instead of the typical cellulose filter media. With a 99.2 percent efficiency rating (under SAE J1858 Multi-Pass Efficiency Test), the Mobil 1 filter is much more efficient than a typical oil filter. Its new high-capacity design stores more contaminants (two times the capacity of the leading brand).

Myth: Motorcycles can't benefit from synthetic oil.
Reality: Motorcycles are an ideal application for synthetic oil.

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Disclaimer: This section is from Amsoil.... that's why Amsoil is mentioned by name.

I heard that new cars require a break in period with petroleum before you switch them to synthetic.
Answer: AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil can be used during break-in trouble free. In fact, vehicles such as Dodge Viper and Chevrolet Corvette come factory filled with synthetic oil.
Since most new vehicles come filled with petroleum oil, it only makes good sense to change to AMSOIL at the first scheduled oil change interval. New engine components generate high levels of wear metals and can contain contaminants from assembly. By allowing the engine to operate with the petroleum oil until the first oil/filter change interval, the wear metals and contaminants are removed prior to installing AMSOIL.

Will synthetic motor oil clean the sludge from my engine and plug the oil filter and passageways?
Answer: Absolutely not. Switching from petroleum oil to AMSOIL in routinely maintained vehicles will not cause clogged oil filters or passageways, regardless of mileage. Sludge, which is caused by poor quality oil and neglected maintenance practices, would have to be present in significant amounts to plug oil filters and passageways. If this excessive amount of sludge is present in an engine, it is just a matter of time before oil filters and passageways clog, regardless of the installation of AMSOIL.
Is it true that installing AMSOIL or other synthetic oils will cause my engine to leak oil?
Answer: In modern vehicles, there is no risk of AMSOIL motor oil leaking. In fact, AMSOIL motor oil is fully compatible with modern seal materials. It is properly formulated to condition seals, keeping them pliable to prevent leakage.

Is it true that switching to AMSOIL or other synthetic oils will void my warranty?
Answer: Absolutely not. Congress in 1975 enacted the federal Magnuson-Moss Act to regulate written consumer product warranties. An examination of the law reveals warranties remain intact when AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants are used. Click here for the full details.

Can AMSOIL Motor Oils be recycled?
Answer: AMSOIL synthetic oils can be recycled in the same manner as a petroleum-based motor oils. Synthetic oils can also be used in furnaces designed to burn waste oils.

What are AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oils?
Answer: AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants are fuel efficient, extended life lubricants manufactured from select synthetic base stocks and special purpose additives. These lubricants provide improved overall performance characteristics when compared to conventional petroleum oils.

What types of synthetic base oil fluids does AMSOIL use?
Answer: As the developer of the world's first API qualified synthetic motor oil in 1972, AMSOIL has gained more experience than any other oil company in formulating automotive synthetic lubricants. It is this extensive experience that provides the ability to maximize product performance through use of a full range of high-performance synthetic base oils, most notably polyalphaolefin (PAO). AMSOIL views synthetic base oils the same as it views additives, with each having its own set of unique properties. AMSOIL engineers its lubricants with the synthetic base oil or combination of base oils best suited to a specific lubricant’s application demands (gasoline, diesel, racing, transmission, gear, extended drain, extreme temperature, etc.).

Will AMSOIL Motor Oils void the warranty of a new vehicle?
Answer: Absolutely not! Manufacturers’ warranties are based upon the use of oils meeting specific API Service Classifications, for example, SJ/CF. (AMSOIL lubricants meet the current API Service requirements and, thus, are perfectly suited for use in any new vehicle without affecting the validity of the new vehicle warranty.)

Are AMSOIL Motor Oils All-Season Oils?
Answer: Synthetic oils are made to protect and perform better than petroleum oils at both high and low temperature extremes. That’s why every jet engine in the world is lubricated with synthetic oil. AMSOIL Motor Oils have extremely low pour points and flow readily at extremely low temperatures for easier winter starting and significantly reduced engine wear. At high temperatures, no conventional motor oil can compare to the overall protection AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oils provide. That’s extremely important for today’s turbocharged and small, non-turbocharged engines!

Are AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oils and petroleum motor oils compatible?
Answer: AMSOIL synthetic motor oils are fully compatible with all petroleum motor oils, and there is no danger in mixing the two. Mixing AMSOIL and petroleum oil, however, is not a recommended as a general practice. Performance and long drain intervals will be sacrificed and the oil should be promptly changed, at maximum, within the next 3,000 miles.

Why are AMSOIL Motor Oils capable of extended drain intervals?
Answer: AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oils are highly resistant to the destructive effects of heat, and do not break down like petroleum oils. This means that AMSOIL Motor Oils can provide much longer drain intervals than conventional lubricants.

Will AMSOIL Motor Oils decrease oil consumption?
Answer: Yes. When used in mechanically sound engines, AMSOIL Motor Oils can reduce oil consumption. Under test conditions, a reduction of as much as 42% was demonstrated for prolonged periods. However, this should not be taken to mean that AMSOIL Motor Oils are “cure-alls” for engines that consume oil because of mechanical problems.

Is there a recommended procedure for changing to AMSOIL Motor Oils?
Answer: There are no special requirements; however, in older vehicles or those with high mileage, it may be advisable to use AMSOIL Engine Flush first. This will ensure that the engine is clean and free of any accumulated contaminants which might have an effect on the service life of AMSOIL Motor Oils. In all cases, it is good judgement to install a new AMSOIL Absolute Efficiency Oil Filter (EaO) every time you change oil.

Should Oil Additives or After Market Products be added to AMSOIL Motor Oils?
Answer: No, they are not necessary! AMSOIL Motor Oils are properly formulated under the strictest Quality Control procedure to provide superior lubrication performance.
 

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coming up on 1000 miles, changing to mobile 1. what is the best mileage to do this? :think: 2010 SE
 

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Doesn't really matter. Some high-end cars come from the factory with synthetic.
 

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This is from the above post:

Myth: You should break in your engine with conventional oil, then switch to a synthetic oil like Mobil 1.
Reality: You can start using Mobil 1 in new vehicles at any time, even in brand new vehicles. In fact, Mobil 1 is original equipment (it is installed at the factory) in:
* Acura RDX
* Aston Martin
* All Bentley Vehicles
* All Cadillac Vehicles
* Chevrolet Corvette C6 and Z06
* Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS
* Chrysler 300C SRT-8
* Cobalt SS S/C Coupe
* Dodge Caliber SRT-4, Charger SRT-8, and Magnum SRT-8
* Jeep Cherokee SRT-8
* Mercedes-Benz AMG Vehicles
* Mercedes SLR
* Mitsubishi Evolution
* Pontiac Solstice GXP
* All Porsche Vehicles
* Saturn Ion Red Line and Saturn Sky Red Line
* Viper SRT-10

One of the myths surrounding synthetic oils is that new engines require a break-in period with conventional oil. The fact is, current engine manufacturing technology does not require this break-in period. As indicated by the decisions of the engineers who design the high-performance cars listed above, Mobil 1 can be used starting the day you drive the car off the showroom floor.
 
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