Monday, November 1, 2010
Synthetic motor oil
I'm a bit of a car girl. I've always liked being out in the garage and changing my own oil and doing basic maintenance, etc. When I was 15 and going through driver's ed, our teacher said we had to learn to change a tire. Well, my dad decided I would learn on his Ford Ranger and I realized changing tires is dirty and hard work. I've only had to do it a one or two times since then and I'm thankful. I'm also thankful for the skills my dad taught me to maintain a car, it has come in very handy as it makes me feel useful in the garage.
Recently I was at a Mindful Mamas meetings and we got to talking about synthetic motor oils and how they're better for our foreign dependence on oil because they're not made from oil. While I agree with this, I also don't like all the chemicals that are produced for synthetic, but it seems six one half dozen the other, right? So, I started researching synthetics and found out that they last much longer than conventional motor oil but are pricier. So, I did the math...
O'Reilly parts store:
Castrol Syntec $5/quart (on sale, reg. $8/quart) = $25 for my SUV
Lasts about 7,000 miles
Castrol GTX $3/quart = $15 for my SUV
Lasts 3,000 miles
So, it's cheaper to use synthetic + it's better for your engine :)
Are you willing to switch to synthetic?