What's the difference between conventional and synthetic engine oil?
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What's the Difference Between Conventional and Synthetic Oil?

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When you bring your Subaru to Carr Subaru in Beaverton for an oil change, you may be asked if you'd like to use conventional oil or synthetic. If not, it's probably because your Subaru requires synthetic oil. The difference is significant. Conventional oil is similar to the engine oil that's been used for generations and is refined from crude oil found in the ground. Synthetic oil, on the other hand, is the result of modern engineering designed for better performance across a range of temperatures. While it may cost a little more, synthetic engine oil doesn't have to be replaced as often, and it does a better job of protecting your engine than conventional oil.

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Why is Synthetic Engine Oil Better Than Conventional Oil?

Winters in the Portland area can be cold, and that can play a significant role in how the oil in your engine performs when first starting up on a frosty morning. When cold, conventional oil will be thicker, so it doesn't flow as well until it warms up. On the hotter side of things, like when the engine has been running for a time on the freeway. Conventional oil will become thinner and not coat the parts as well. Synthetic oil, on the other hand, is engineered to flow more easily in the cold and coat better at the higher operating temperatures of your engine. That's why it's able to provide better protection and a longer life for your engine.

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Information pages like this one are just one way that you can enjoy a better customer experience at Carr Subaru. Since we couldn't possibly answer every possible question about your Subaru here, we invite you to give us a call or stop by our convenient location at 11635 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005. For your convenience, our online Subaru service appointment form only takes a moment to fill out.

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Why Trust the Dealership Experts at Carr Subaru, Serving the Portland Area?

From the renowned BOXER® engine to the legendary traction of standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, nothing on the road is engineered quite like a Subaru. When it comes to the maintenance, service, and repair of your Subaru, it only makes sense to trust those who know it best. That's why we employ some of the best factory-trained technicians in the business at the Carr Subaru service center. We're a factory-authorized dealership, so you can trust the warranty of your Subaru will remain intact. What's more, we'll only use genuine OEM Subaru and factory-approved parts, products, and accessories when taking care of your Subaru. Find out more in our service information pages, and discover how easy it is to get the most from your Subaru with the right care.

Carr Subaru

11635 SW Canyon Rd
Directions Beaverton, OR 97005

  • Sales: (503) 672-3370
  • Service: (866) 460-0188
  • Parts: (888) 627-4707
  1. Carr Subaru

    11635 SW Canyon Rd
    Beaverton, OR 97005

    • Sales: (877) 271-4560

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