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I've only had my car for 6 months & it needs an oil change, it has 20,000 miles, my problem is which oil change to choose...full service synthetic, synthetic blend or full service conventional, i'm a female and don't have a clue! Thanking you in advance

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


Choosing oil can be tricky. Your best bet is to go with what the manufacture recommends, which can be found in your owner's manual for the vehicle. Besides the type of oil you should use (synthetic vs. traditional), you want to pay attention to the "weight" of the oil, also known as the viscosity, or its ability to flow. The weight label are the numbers you see that say 0w-20, 5w-30, and so on. Your particular vehicle calls for a 0w-20 oil weight, and Toyota recommends that you use full synthetic. 

The major difference between traditional and synthetic, is exactly what it sounds like. One is made from traditional fossil fuels, while the other is synthetically made in a lab. Synthetic oils are designed to out-perform all others, and are considered to be the best. Good luck, and thank you for writing in. 

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