Are you using the right oil in your Mazda vehicle?
Does Mazda require synthetic oil in its engines?
If there is one lesson that the expert technicians working at the Compass Mazda Service Department would like vehicle owners to learn is the overall importance of changing their vehicle’s oil on time. Nobody needs to be a master mechanic to understand that skipping oil changes is bad for the health of the engine. However, that isn’t the end of the story. The second most important lesson our team would like Mazda vehicle owners to learn is that it’s almost as important to use the right oil during any service appointments. So, does Mazda require synthetic oil in its engines? For vehicles built in the last several years, the answer will almost certainly be, yes. Let’s take a look at some helpful information.
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What kind of oil should my Mazda vehicle use?
For the most part, almost all Mazda cars and crossover SUVs will call for SAE 0W-20 oil. The lone standout is the Mazda CX-9 which calls for SAE 5W-30. The best advice we can give people is to read your Mazda vehicle’s owner’s manual and follow the maintenance recommendations printed there.
Is synthetic oil better than conventional?
While both synthetic oil and conventional oil start out by being pulled from the ground, once both types of lubricant arrive at the refinery in their raw forms, their paths diverge greatly. Synthetic oil is refined, distilled and put through several complex processes that break it down to base molecules. Then other chemicals are added that help boost its advantages over conventional motor oil products.
By and large, synthetic motor oil will protect engines across a wider range of temperatures, cause less contamination and, possibly most importantly, will expand the interval between oil changes. As always, you should defer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for how often you need to visit a qualified service center like the one at Compass Mazda.
If you have any questions about how to get the most from your vehicle, please reach out to a Compass Mazda representative today.