What’s the Difference Between Regular and Synthetic Motor Oil?

Motor Oil | Elizabethtown, KY
Motor Oil | Elizabethtown, KY

Bringing your vehicle in for its regular oil change is an essential part of owning a car. If you’re unsure whether you should use conventional or synthetic motor oil, though, never fear – Hardin County Honda is here to help. We’ve delved into the difference between these two oil types to help you decide which is right for your vehicle.

Conventional Oil

Crude oil is used to create conventional oil to lubricate your engine. It can work at high temperatures, keeping its stability over long periods of time under extreme conditions. As conventional oil breaks down, it leaves deposits in the engine and on engine components. Because of this, it is important to ensure you keep up with your routine oil changes.

Synthetic Oil

Rather than being derived from natural crude oil, synthetic oil is somewhat human-made. It combines a base oil, powder additives, and a carrier oil to keep your vehicle running. Not only does synthetic oil typically have fewer impurities than its conventional counterpart, but it also has a uniform molecular size. This means that friction is further reduced within your engine.


Synthetic oil also leaves fewer deposits than conventional oil, which means you can usually go longer between oil changes – especially if you opt for a full synthetic oil rather than a synthetic blend.

To learn more about which type of oil is right for you — or to schedule an oil change — contact us at Hardin County Honda.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Back to School

get your car ready for back to school
get your car ready for back to school

As the hot days of summer recede and fall creeps closer, it’s time to begin your back-to-school preparations. These include, of course, getting your car in tip-top shape before the school year is in full-swing and your schedule fills up. The following are a few tips on how to get your car ready for back to school, whether that means heading back to college or carpooling your kids to school.

  • Check fluid levels: Simple fluid-level checks are part of good, routine car maintenance, so take an afternoon to make sure you have appropriate amounts of oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. These checks are easier to address while at home – if you’re heading back to college – or before the school year’s busyness sets it.
  • Check tires: You should also check your tire treads and pressure. If your tire treads are overly-worn, you will want to consider getting a new set of tires, especially if you plan on driving long distances back to college. You will also want to check your tire pressure, as tire pressure affects your control, handling, and fuel efficiency while on the road, and causes your tires to wear unevenly.
  • Clean it inside and out: A new school year is like a fresh start, so start the year off right be cleaning out your vehicle’s interior and washing its exterior.

The best way to get your car ready for back to school is to schedule a service appointment at Hardin County Honda and let our professional technicians take care of it. Give us a call today so you can stop worrying about your car and start thinking ahead to school instead!