Just like your own health, your vehicle’s health is also fundamental when it comes to performance and durability. Taking care of your car and making the right choices can make a big difference in the life of your car and the service it provides.
Depending upon usage, the engine of a car can go through many changes and it is crucial that we take care of it. One of the easiest means of taking care of your engine is to regularly change the engine oil and change the filters as well. Now changing the oil does not mean you put in whatever you can find. Just like we eat healthy to perform better, car engines have specifically designed engine oils that are needed for a prolonged engine life and better performance. The engine oil is 80% base oil and 20% performance additives which help the engine run smoothly and provide protection from wear and tear.
We need to change the oil regularly because over time the oil in the engine may accumulate dirt, dust and other unwanted particles that may harm the engine. It also helps to increase lubrication for easy and smooth movement of various engine parts. If there is no engine oil, the friction caused by the movement of various components cause the engine to overheat and lead to totaling, so it also acts as a cooling agent. It goes without saying that the mileage of the car is also impacted in the long run. But the most important aspect is that it increases the longevity of the vehicle itself.
The type of engine oil your vehicle requires depends on many factors. Some of them are internal factors such as the make of the car, engine type, manufacturers’ specifications etc. and others are external factors such as the climate you live in, driving habits etc. Whatever engine oil you choose to use, consulting your technician is very important. There are many factors involved when it comes to choosing the right engine oil for your vehicle. Choosing the wrong type of oil may damage not only your engine but also dent your wallet! Listed below are the general types of engine oil commonly used:
1)Full Synthetic Oil
Full Synthetic Oil is mostly used for the purpose of providing the vehicles with peak level performance and high level of lubrication. The lifespan of a Full Synthetic Oil is 10,000 to 15,000 miles or 1 year, whichever comes first. They provide a higher viscosity level, better resistance to oxidation and have better thermal breakdown capabilities.
Full Synthetic Oil is usually 2-3 times more expensive than regular oils because of the high quality additives. This type of engine oil is useful for people who use their vehicles in very hot and very cold climates or by people who use heavy transport vehicles such as for towing or hauling.
2) Synthetic Blend Motor Oil
This type of motor oil is the best of both worlds. It is a mixture of synthetic oil and conventional oil. It has the qualities and characteristics of both a full synthetic oil and a conventional oil. It provides extra resistance to oxidation and has excellent low temperature properties. This blended oil is cheaper than full synthetic oil which is why it is gaining popularity among drivers who want high quality motor oil but are not willing to spend 2-3 times more on full synthetic oil. Drivers wanting to switch from conventional to better engine oil are increasingly jumping on board and using this type of motor oil.
3) Conventional Motor Oil
Conventional oil is the most common oil used in vehicles. It is an ideal oil type for low to average mileage and light vehicles on the road. They are also used for vehicles which have a simple engine design. They do not have high quality additives such as full synthetic and synthetic blend motor oil but they get the job done. The lifespan of conventional oils is 3000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. They are used by customers who are on the road every day either commuting or driving from place to place going about their business.
4) High Mileage Motor Oil
As the name suggests, High Mileage Motor Oil is used in vehicles which have very high mileage in their odometer. This oil was specifically designed for cars with more than 70,000 -75,000 miles in them. Because high mileage cars are usually in bad condition, this oil helps protect the engine from leaks, smoke emissions and also to reduce oil consumption.