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Are you using the right kind of motor oil to get the most out of your vehicle?

Does Nissan require synthetic oil in my vehicle? 

One of the lessons the team working in the Jack Ingram Nissan Service Department would like our customers to learn is the importance of getting regular scheduled maintenance. Making sure you visit us when it’s time for oil changes, brake replacement and tire rotations is the best way to make sure your vehicle stays in peak condition for as many miles as possible. One of the most common questions our service technicians hear almost daily is, ‘Does Nissan require synthetic oil in my vehicle?’ To be sure, this is very interesting question that requires a bit of nuanced approach. Take a look at our simple explanation that was put together by some of the most highly trained service technicians in the area. 

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Nissan vehicles don’t require the use of synthetic oil. However, it is recommended in most of the high-volume models that populate the Jack Ingram Nissan showroom. Things could be a little different for owners of high-performing models like the world-famous Nissan Z cars.  

What is synthetic oil? 

Synthetic oil starts life by being pulled out of the ground like its conventional counterpart. However, synthetic oil goes through a long processing period that breaks it down to the molecular level.

At this point, a series of chemical additives are introduced that are the secret to its incredible capability. For the most part, synthetic oil lasts longer and is more resistant to breaking down and accumulating contaminants. 

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Should I be using synthetic oil in my vehicle? 

It is pretty likely that if you bought your Nissan vehicle in the last few years, it already uses synthetic oil. Making wholesale changes like using a completely different type of oil aren’t the most advisable things to do. But if you live in excessively hot climates or routinely driving in dirty climates with a lot of dirt and dust in the air, synthetic oil could be the answer you’re looking for. Additionally, experts agree that drivers who frequently make short trips should consider using synthetic oil if they aren’t already. Conventional oil won’t get hot enough during a short drive to burn off moisture or contaminants. A vehicle with synthetic oil won’t have to worry about those issues very much. 

If you have any questions about how to properly take care of your Nissan vehicle, make an appointment with a Jack Ingram Nissan service expert today.