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Why use synthetic oil?

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Automatic transmissions are something most folks don't think about until they don't work right, or worse, not at all. Being stranded by a faulty transmission can be not only inconvenient but very, very expensive. We've all heard the tagline, "pay me now or pay me later" and this couldn't apply more to your transmission.

Regular maintenance is critical to a healthy transmission, but unfortunately most automobile service companies and oil-change outfits in particular, do at best would could be considered "band-aid" maintenance. What they do is either simply drain the transmission fluid and refill or they drop the pan, "inspect the filter" (sounds good huh?) and refill with new fluid. Why is this not enough?


Your automatic transmission contains MUCH more fluid than what's in the pan. A lot more - several quarts of fluid sit in the transmission's channels and in the torque converter (the fluid connection between your engine and your transmission) and if your fluid is old or dirty, simply draining the transmission fluid only changes part of the fluid. If you were having your engine oil changed, would you put up with having only half of the oil changed? Of course not!


Next, because of how the fluid moves around in your transmission, little bits of metal (from worn gears in your transmission) or other grit can sit in pools that don't make it down to the filter (which is a simple metal screen, unlike an engine oil filter) so once again, even if you just change the fluid that rests in the transmission pan you may miss a lot of debris.


Anthony's Auto service literally pumps out all of your old fluid and pumps in new fluid until 100% of your old fluid (and anything else that might be in there) is replaced. Ask us about it today!


Before (dirty Fluid) and After a flush (clean)

Everyone knows, or seems to know, that synthetic oils are better than conventional oils, but do you know why?


The fact is synthetic oils have several material advantages over their non-synthetic counterparts. Synthetic oils are structured with very specific properties, which leads to stronger oxidative protection against breakdown and lower evaporation rates under high temperature conditions. Synthetics also excel at low temperature operation and provide superior film strength.


What do all of these features mean to the vehicle owner? Longer service life, excellent component protection, better fuel economy, enhanced performance and power, eased cold starting and quicker circulation during the initial warm-up period.


Unfortunately, due to high cost, full synthetic oils are still not the norm for most automakers. But, even synthetic blends, which can range on average at 20-50 percent synthetic base oil use, can offer substantial performance increases over non-synthetic versions.


Ready to make the switch?


Don't pop the hood yet. If your engine has been running on conventional oil for a while, don't switch to synthetic oil without proper preparation.


If you plan to switch over to full synthetic oil, we will prepare your engine with a proper engine flush product,  then a Performance Oil Change Service with one of our full synthetic oils. Used together, these products will remove tough carbon deposits from the piston ring area as well as the rest of the oil system.


So when it comes to conventional vs. synthetic oil, why should you switch? Because, price means nothing if performance doesn't follow. Synthetics offer benefits that are worth the higher price. How much do you value your engine?

Dirty and Clean Transmission Fluid - we flush your entire transmission