While it wasn’t always the case, there are several choices when it comes to motor oil for your vehicle. What do you need to know for your next oil change? We’re here to help.
Viscosity – this is the thickness of your oil and how it retains its pour properties at different temperatures. Conventional oils typically thicken when the weather turns cold and gets very thin in hot weather. Synthetic oil is better as it stays much more uniform despite the outdoor temperature. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual – newer models require a thinner, lower-viscosity oil, which also helps the engine run more efficiently. Viscosity is expressed as a numerical value — the lower the number, the thinner the oil. Many are designed to work at various viscosities, i.e. a rating like 5W-30.
High Mileage Oil – Vehicles are built to last longer. It’s estimated that more than 2/3 of the cars you share the road with have more than 75,000 miles on them. High mileage oil is formulated with conditioners that can swell gaskets and seals to stop leaks around valve covers and other areas where gaskets may have shrunk or cracked.
Premium Conventional Oil – For most vehicles, premium conventional oil is okay. It does a good job of protecting engine parts from wear and tear and overheating. However, with premium conventional oil, it is important to adhere to a more stringent oil change schedule (every 5,000 miles).
Synthetic Blend – this type of oil splits the difference between conventional and synthetic, both in protection and price point. This type of oil is popular for SUVs and trucks.
Full Synthetic – this oil is overwhelmingly superior to conventional. It is pure, more stable, and much more uniform at the molecular level. This type of oil is factory recommended for most new vehicles. Synthetic oil is more expensive, however that is offset by the fact that you don’t need to get an oil change quite as often.
If you have any questions about the oil used in your vehicle, please give Stroebel Automotive a call at (989) 781-4307. We’d be more than happy to help in any way we can.