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I have 108K on my 2011 Sante Fe. I drive many miles back and forth to work now that I was thinking of using synthetic oil to
increase the time between oil changes. I understand it will cost more but wanted some opinions on whether its a good idea to
go synthetic or just stick with the non synthetic.

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I would not say you can extent it by much if any. It depends on how often you are already changing it. There is a lot to consider and contamination in the oils remains where you use synthetic or not from driving. Long drives >45 min allow for longer intervals on the highway.

Synthetic is far more durable and resistant to high heat than your dino oil. Much better for the engine in the winter since it flows much easier and allows easier starting in extreme cold. Good for towing and hot climates again due to its heat stability. All oils are not equal especially dino oil. Generally speaking any name brand Synthetic will out perform a dino jug made by the same oil company.

However, 400-5000 miles would be the max in my opinion. I change mine in 5000km which is not quite 4000 miles and its black as coal. Filters still can get plugged over time.

At the end of the day and months. Oil changes are the cheapest most effective means of keeping your engine running good with out wearing out. Those who save a few dollars eliminating an oil change in a year gain nothing. Something goes wrong and there is no repair as low as a oil change and filter !! None.

Still a good move to use it and its available at good prices if you watch for sales from department chains. 5 quart jugs are what you'll want though.
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A zillion threads on synthetic vs conventional, you may wish to do a search

In short, the answer is yes all around but extending your interval means what to you exactly? from 3000-5000 or 5000-7500 or 7500 and beyond?
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I change mine at 4000 miles now. That's about 1.5 months of driving. Was thinking with synthetic I can go maybe
another month and a half......but I guess in the end it doesn't matter. Just feels like I'm at the shop all the time
changing it. And I was not too sure if synthetic is better in an older engine.
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Ok. Thanks. Good info.
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I would not say you can extent it by much if any. It depends on how often you are already changing it. There is a lot to consider and contamination in the oils remains where you use synthetic or not from driving. Long drives >45 min allow for longer intervals on the highway.

Synthetic is far more durable and resistant to high heat than your dino oil. Much better for the engine in the winter since it flows much easier and allows easier starting in extreme cold. Good for towing and hot climates again due to its heat stability. All oils are not equal especially dino oil. Generally speaking any name brand Synthetic will out perform a dino jug made by the same oil company.

However, 400-5000 miles would be the max in my opinion. I change mine in 5000km which is not quite 4000 miles and its black as coal. Filters still can get plugged over time.

At the end of the day and months. Oil changes are the cheapest most effective means of keeping your engine running good with out wearing out. Those who save a few dollars eliminating an oil change in a year gain nothing. Something goes wrong and there is no repair as low as a oil change and filter !! None.

Still a good move to use it and its available at good prices if you watch for sales from department chains. 5 quart jugs are what you'll want though.
Ok thanks. Good info.
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Thats not an old engine at that mileage. It should easily go over 200k with quality oil and filters used. Long drives may allow you to push a little further to 5000 miles with synthetic and quality filter OEM, Wix, but Not Fram as they are bad.

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I have 108K on my 2011 Sante Fe. I drive many miles back and forth to work now that I was thinking of using synthetic oil to
increase the time between oil changes. I understand it will cost more but wanted some opinions on whether its a good idea to
go synthetic or just stick with the non synthetic.

Thanks

Is this a 4 or 6 cylinder 2011? I would think that you could go 7500 miles if it is mostly highway miles...

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On my Accent I have used synthetic for years, usually a 5w20 or 0w20, and change at 7500 miles. I have since gone to a high mileage synthetic 5w20 last change and now on 5w30. Oil use is almost none. It has always used some oil even when new but with the hi mileage oil it has almost stopped. 149k miles on it now.

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Winter is the hardest on any vehicle, engine and the rest of the powertrain. Oil also will suffer the most but as summer approaches people could push the interval a little longer or lot. It depends on a lot of factors including the actual oil used whether is will withstand that abuse. Quick change depots may have bulk barrels typically would be the cheapest stuff they can buy to optimize their profits.

As above you save how much? If you have a wear issue is the savings going to pay for the repair now needed. Whether you can actually do that really depends on a lot and know one can say. Only can guess which category your driving profile fits into as per the manual.

In fact unless you see them pouring from a jug that can be referenced. You have no idea what you are getting and even if you are getting the correct grade of oil for your engine. Most of these shop don't employ a mechanic either. A waste of their skills and don't pay enough. LOL

I would not think of using any of them. A dealer should be safe and major auto chain with service center and watch what they do. There was a time when loads of oil pans were getting the plug threads stripped by Gorillas cranking the plug in as hards as they could. Yeah its tight for a number of changes and then it strips clean since is slowly chewed further and further each time. If you loose the plug on the highway you lost the engine as well.

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