3 Advantages of Using the Right Type of Car Oil
Car owners know, or they quickly and expensively learn, that cars must have vital fluids to run like they should, or to even run at all. The metal to metal contact of the internal working parts of the engine and drive train creates an enormous amount of friction.
This friction produces tremendous heat. Fluids reduce friction and keep the car at normal operating temperature. Without these fluids, the inner workings of the motor and its drive train will heat to the point of catastrophic failure.
Factors That Determine the Right Oil
Different engines are engineered with differing performance standards. Some cars have engines that run more efficiently at higher temperatures. Higher temperatures require stronger internal protection. Oils have been developed and blended to accommodate the increased performance requirements.
Weather temperature also influences how engine oil performs. Oil is temperature sensitive, and it is even seasonally affected. Colder climates have different car oil quality requirements than vehicles driven in warmer climates.
Vehicle age also matters when choosing the right oil for your car. Older cars, or cars with high mileage regardless of their age, have more worn internal engine parts.
While older and high mileage cars need a heavier weight oil, the cars just off the showroom floors use a much lighter oil. New cars even come with what the industry calls ‘break-in oil’ that they recommend be changed at around two to three thousand miles of use.
Advantages of Choosing the Correct, Factory-Recommended Car Oil
Meets Maker Requirement
The most obvious benefit of using the correct motor oil is that it meets the vehicle maker’s requirement for maximum engine protection. That car warranty is based, in part, upon the buyer maintaining the vehicle to its stated standards. Who would know better than the maker of the car what the best oil for its engine is?
Motor oils are engineered to provide the best, most complete engine protection for that particular vehicle. Different engine sizes and how they are matched to the drive trains require different oil blends. Vehicle makers do extensive research to make sure every vehicle is matched with the best oil protection for that particular engine and its components.
One of the first things vehicle dealerships check when a car they sold blows an engine is the oil. They pull the engine dipstick and check and even smell the oil.
Ownership negligence can be the seller’s reason for not fully honoring warranties. Using the recommended oil demonstrates the owner’s due care, at least with maintaining the vehicle’s engine.
Provides Better Protection
Using the right oil for your car provides better protection of the internal engine parts.
This protection extends the life of the engine, helps it run smoother and lets the car perform at its optimal level.
To best take full advantage of this better protection, buy the car oil that fits your vehicle. For instance, if you have a car with more than 75,000 miles, buy a 40-weight motor oil that is specially formulated for high mileage vehicles.
This oil is normally denser than regular oil, and it provides superior protection for those older, worn internal engine parts. Nowadays, with much improved technology, the newer cars come with 30-weight oil recommendations. This oil is lighter, less dense, and it is ideal for new engines.
The SAE oil designation is short for Society of Automotive Engineers. The first number of the oil grade, say 10W, represents the viscosity (thickness/density) of the oil at its cold temperature.
The second number, say 30, 40 or 50 represents the oil viscosity when it gets heated to 100 degrees C/212 degrees F. This variance of viscosity at different temperatures classifies it as a multi-grade oil.
If your car is fully broken in, meaning it has at least 25,000 miles on it, you might want to consult your dealership about using synthetic oil. Over the last few years, synthetics have made drastic improvements.
Many of them boast of better protection as the polymers of this blend have superior coating qualities. This means the oil adheres to and coats more fully, the parts it is designed to protect.
Fewer Engine and Engine-related Repairs
The third major advantage of choosing the right oil for your car is that you should have fewer major repair surprises. While using the right oil may not have a direct impact on other car system repairs such as the AC, transmission and suspension, it at least give reassurance concerning one of the most expensive parts to replace the engine.
To make sure you are using the correct oil for your car refer to your car owner’s manual. In the Table of Contents you will find the recommended oil for your particular vehicle. If you do not have a manual, search it online or contact the dealership for this most important information.