Selecting the right type of motor oil for your vehicle goes way past looking for the stamps of approval from the American Petroleum Institute and the Society of Automotive Engineers. Although those stamps can tell you that the motor oil has been tested and meets all standards set by these two certifying bodies; they cannot tell you if the bottle you have in your hand contains the proper oil for your vehicle.
What Oil Does
Motor oil is what allows your engine to run. It lubricates the moving parts of your engine, like the pistons. Oil lubricates, reducing friction, heat and damage in these parts.
Oil is so important because, without it, your engine would not be able to run for very long and you risk serious engine damage.
Different Types of Oil
If you go to any automotive shop, you’ll notice that there are rows dedicated to different types of oil. You can simplify your options if you know what type of oil suits your car best.
Premium Conventional Oil
If you bought a new car, or a used one that has very little mileage, you’ll most likely use this type of oil. This type of oil has many different variations based on what make and model car you drive.
If you have a high performance car, you’ll want to get full synthetic oil for your car. Synthetic oil is high-quality and does a better job of preventing against buildup. You can usually tell if you’ll need this type of oil by consulting your owner’s manual.
Synthetic Blend Oil
If you drive a truck or an SUV, you’ll want to get a synthetic blend. This mix between synthetic oil and organic oil allows your heavier-duty vehicle to handle higher payloads and hotter temperatures in the engine.
Higher Mileage Oil
If you drive a car that has over 75,000 miles on it, you’ll want to consider putting higher mileage oil into your vehicle. Higher mileage oil reduces oil consumption in your car, which can be a problem with vehicles that have been driven for awhile.
Within each type of oil, there are different options that vary by viscosity, or a fluid’s resistance to flow. Since viscosity can be a complicated subject, we’re going to dedicate an entire blog to it next month.
Stop in Today!
There is a ton of information about motor vehicle oil available now. Selecting the proper type of oil for a particular car can be difficult, especially without proper training or experience. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for recommendations first.
If you need help, we’re here to answer any questions you might have, or to locate the owner’s manual for your car if you’ve lost it. At Quanz Advanced Auto Body, we have the experience and training needed to select the proper type and viscosity of oil to feed your car and your driving habits. Stop in today to get an expert opinion or to have your oil changed by the experts. You don’t need an appointment to bring your car in!