A significant benefit of having a mechanic change your oil is not having to know a single thing about the process – except for how often to change it (at least every 5,000 miles). Let’s say, however, that you can’t visit a professional or you simply trust yourself more. How do you handle this situation? Before learning how to change your oil, educate yourself on the different types of oils. Not all vehicles are the same, so here’s a helpful guide.
Viscosity Makes a Difference
Thick or thin, an oil’s job is to properly lubricate your engine. Its viscosity, or ability to resist flow due to its thickness, will determine how well the oil can perform. You can find this rating or grade directly on a container of oil. Look for single-grade ratings like SAE 30 and multi-grade ones like 10W-30. Your vehicle manual will tell you exactly which one to choose. Options may include:
Conventional Motor Oil
Cheap and effective, conventional motor oil will keep an average engine running between oil changes. While flowing through, oil will also clean an engine’s internal parts and help prevent overheating. This type of oil is often recommended for simple vehicles used for driving to work and running errands. It’s the most standard option available.
Synthetic Motor Oil
For those who want to upgrade from standard, synthetic motor oil is the right choice to make. There are two available versions including a blend of synthetic or full-synthetic. Synthetic blend oil is prepared for trucks or SUVs with the ability to haul more weight than sedans. It’s typically blended with conventional oil. Full-synthetic oil is chemically engineered to perform at a high level for more sophisticated engines.
High-Mileage Motor Oil
If your car has a lot of experience shown by the odometer, there’s an oil made specifically for you. High-mileage, meaning over 75,000 miles, motor oil works to prevent leaking with the assistance of additives and seal conditioners. Engine seals are designed to swell with oil, but older vehicles tend to lose that ability with age. This type of oil was produced to make those seals take in more oil than before.
What Happens if I Use the Wrong Oil?
The wrong type of oil will lead to a shortened engine life. There’s a simple fix once you’ve realized that your oil is the incorrect viscosity– getting your oil changed. If you haven’t noticed yet, there are several symptoms that your vehicle may be experiencing. Make sure to use the type of oil that your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends. If you have lost your owner’s manual, search for it online or contact the dealership right away.
HSO’s Knowledge is Power
Oil is in our name, so count on us to provide you with accurate information on lubrication. The more you know about what you are putting in your vehicle, the better prepared you will be in a pinch. It’s no different when it comes to fuel. That’s why we work with farms, construction sites, and commercial companies that are running low on their supply. Need our services? Contact Home Service Oil today at 1-800-467-5044 to find out more.