Types of Honda Oil Changes

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Conventional, Semi-Synthetic & Full Synthetic Oil

It used to be that the only choice Honda owners had to make regarding engine oil involved their weight, and how it affected their viscosity. But before we go any further, let’s clear up a common misconception. The ”W” as in 5W-20 or 10W-30 stands for winter, not weight. It refers to how vicious or thick the oil will be in cold temperatures.

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Conventional Engine Oil

For example, a 5W grade of oil will be thinner, thus flowing better than a 15W grade oil in winter, and lubricating the moving parts quicker during those cold morning starts. The second number, the one after the ”W” refers to hot weather viscosity, or how thick it will be in summer. So, a 10W-30, being less viscous will flow better than a 10W-40 when the temperatures are high.

Today, however, the plot has thickened (no pun intended). The choices have tripled. In addition to conventional oil, we now have full synthetic and semi-synthetic oil.

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Full Synthetic and Semi-synthetic Oil

The names are basically self-explanatory.

  • Full synthetic engine contains no conventional oil at all. It is made entirely from chemical compounds.
  • Oil is classified as semi-synthetic if it contains 30% or less synthetic oil. Most semi-synthetic oils are blends of mineral oil and crude oil.

The first semi-synthetic oil was introduced to the world by the MOTUL Corporation in 1966. Five years later they followed it up with full synthetic oil. For many years, synthetic oil was used only in performance cars, but now it’s common to find manufacturers recommending it for mainstream autos.

In fact, in the 2019 model year, almost 70% of new cars use full synthetic or semi-synthetic oil. Honda is one of these automakers, using it in the Civic because its low viscosity improves fuel economy, enabling the engine parts to move more quickly.

Pros and Cons

Since synthetic oil is a designer product, it has several built-in advantages over conventional oil. Among them it

  • It lasts longer since it’s formulated to resist breakdown.
  • Stands up to higher temperatures better, keeping engines running longer.
  • Flows readily in cold weather, reducing engine wear caused by frigid starts.

Synthetic oil has but one major con. It is more expensive than conventional oil.

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A Word of Caution

Although synthetic and semi-synthetic oil holds up better than conventional oil, this doesn’t mean you should delay regular oil changes. If you aren’t sure what the recommended interval is, check your owner’s manual or if you are a Honda owner in the greater Phoenix area ask the service manager at Surprise Honda.

Surprise Honda in Surprise AZ attracts Honda owners from towns as far away as Glendale and Peoria not only because we use genuine Honda OEM parts and accessories but also for the amenities.

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