The Best Oil For Your Vehicle
You probably know that your car needs motor oil in order to keep running. However, with the wide range of synthetic and conventional oils out there, it can be hard to know which is best for your vehicle.
Motor oil is made of oil (either petroleum-based, synthetic or a blend) and additives that contribute to its performance. These products also differ in their viscosity, which is important to know because it reflects how the oil will perform at different temperatures. The oil’s viscosity is usually marked by two numbers that represent the thickness of the oil at both cold and hot outdoor temperatures.
What Type of Oil Does My Car Need?
The kind of oil you need depends on the type of vehicle you drive.
- Newer cars. Depending on the make of vehicle, it may either require conventional motor oil, or synthetic oil. It is imperative that the proper type and weight of oil be used in accordance with manufacturer specifications. For example use of conventional oil where synthetic oil is specified will not only harm the engine, but will also void all manufacturer’s warranties. It’s best to follow the oil-change schedule recommended by the manufacturer of the vehicle.
- High-performance cars. Sports cars and vehicles with high-tech engines often require synthetic oils. This type of oil performs better under extreme conditions and takes longer to break down. While it seems like every car should be using synthetic oils, they’re expensive and should only be used when the manufacturer of the car specifies that there’s a need for it.
- Trucks and SUVS. If you have a heavy truck or regularly pull big loads with your vehicle, semi-synthetic oils are your best choice. A combination of synthetic and conventional oils, semi-synthetics last longer than regular oil and cost significantly less that synthetics.
- Older cars. High-mileage oil is formulated for cars that have over 120,000 kilometres on the odometer. Typically made from semi-synthetic oil, they include additives and conditioners that prevent oil leaks and reduce engine wear
Ultimately, when determining which oil is best for your vehicle, it’s important to check your car’s manual. It should specify what type of oil to use and the recommended viscosity for optimal performance.
Schedule an Oil Change
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