Have you restored a classic car and want to be sure it runs at its best? Perhaps you inherited a classic and can’t wait to get it road-ready so you can show it off? No matter the scenario having a classic car is something to be excited about. But as you get closer to having your vehicle ready to hit the road, you may find yourself faced with a dilemma. Should you use synthetic or traditional oil? Whether you read it online or had someone tell you, you may have been told that synthetic oil, lubes and similar products can only be used in modern cars. Not true!
Why (years ago) Were Synthetic Oils Considered Bad for Classic Cars?
A few decades ago, it was accepted that synthetics and classics didn’t mix. This is likely because there had been little testing performed on the oils and how they affected older vehicles. It was believed by many mechanics and car enthusiasts that the synthetic oil would result in oil leaks and perhaps damage the engine. (Synthetic oil has smaller molecules which resulted in seepage past seals.) Nowadays, premium synthetics like AMSOIL contain additives to prevent the seals from leaking by. The only real concern you need to have is to be sure to choose an oil that meets the manufacturer’s guidelines for viscosity.
As for finding the right viscosity, don’t stress. Just head to your AMSOIL dealer, Life Time Oil, and check out the selection. AMSOIL has more than a dozen types of full synthetic oil ranging from a 0W-20 to an SAE 30. So, regardless of the vehicle that needs oil, they are certain to have the viscosity perfect for your vehicle’s moving parts. Use the vehicle lookup guides to be sure. That said, many classic car owners opt for 5W30 for their cars.
The main concerns with swapping from traditional to synthetic is not to mix oils and not go long periods between oil changes. Initially change the oil frequently to more thoroughly remove any deposits left by older oil. After a couple of oil changes, your classic car can enjoy the benefit of extended intervals between oil changes, as well.
Why use Synthetic Oil in Classic Cars?
- Once your car is completely swapped over to synthetic, you can go longer between oil changes.
- Synthetic oil will keep your engine cleaner and more protected.
- It protects against damage caused by high temperatures and flows better in cold weather.
- Using synthetic means better gas mileage while allowing you to accelerate more quickly.
- Less wear and tear on your vehicle due to less friction and better compression.
Another thought associated with synthetic oil is that you can never return to traditional oil once you start using it. This is not true, either, although there’s no good reason to do so.
Whether you drive a 20-year-old Honda or have a 1960s-era Mustang, using AMSOIL synthetics is perfectly safe. Better yet, it will help you get more from your car. So, don’t hesitate to visit Life Time Oil for all of your synthetic vehicle products. From oil to lubricants, fuel additives to filters, you will find everything you need to keep your classic wheels ready to roll!