5 Tips to Figuring Out Which Oil is Right For Your Vehicle

The engine in your car needs a certain oil to work properly. For example, the wall needs to be within the range of the motors tolerances. This allows oil to move through the engine and do its job properly. One also needs to realize that all serve different functions in a car engine.

For example, the oil takes heat away from the engine at a certain pace. Other factors/characteristics exist of which to be aware. The first of these is the viscosity rating. This is a measure of the oil’s ability to flow through the engine at certain temperatures. You could select a certain viscosity for summer temperatures and one with a different viscosity during the winter. Outside temperatures matter when an engine needs oil flow.

The second factor when picking an oil are the additives in the oil. Manufacturers of oil put sundry chemical additives in the oil to change what the wall does to the engine. For example, some manufacturers put detergent in the war to help keep the engine clean. Other additives include anti-wear and anti-corrosion agents to help keep the engine clean and free from rust.

The third factor to consider when picking an oil for your vehicle is do you need conventional oil or synthetic oil. Whatever oil you service your car with needs to be continued. Conventional oil is good if you are conscientious about oil changes and the needed frequency. Conventional oil is also a good choice if you have a low mileage engine. Synthetic oil flows better at low temperatures and does not “break down” at high temperatures. Synthetic oil is about three times as expensive as conventional oil; in addition, it is unnecessary for most engines.

A fourth factor to consider when selecting an oil for your car is the mileage your car (engine) “has on it”. Over 60% of cars, trucks, etc. on the road today have 75,000 miles or greater on them. Therefore, refineries and labs invented high mileage oils. These oils have conditioners for the rubber seals in your car’s engine. These conditioners increase durability of the engine seals. This is comparable to putting conditioners on your dash, your seat, or your tires. The conditioner makes the materials last longer.

A fifth factor to consider when figuring out which oil is right for your car is what conditions you drive. For example, if you live in cold Alaska, you will not need a stick of oil as you would if you live in Texas or Florida. Dusty and sandy conditions where you drive makes a difference in what kind and thickness of oil you need, and how often you need to change the oil.

Different oils do different things to your car. If you do not use the proper oil for your car engine and its conditions, you may need to replace your engine sooner. You can avoid this expense.

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