Choosing the Right Motor Oil

Currently, there are so many different types of oils mixed with different oil additives it’s hard to know what you’re purchasing. Picking the right type of oil for your car is critical to ensure its engines performance and life. It can be hard choosing the right oil because when it comes to engines, no two oils are created equal.

Each car and truck engine is designed with a specific type, viscosity, and amount of oil in mind. These specifications ensure that oil will slide through the engine with optimal fluidity and remove heat from the engine at a measured pace.

Further factors that influence the right type of oil for your engine include the age of vehicle, type of vehicle you drive (car, SUV, pick-up, commercial truck), conventional versus performance engine, weather conditions and altitude in which you drive, and commute or workload for your vehicle.

Here’s a cheat sheet on what to look for when choosing your next engine oil: 

The Different Types of Oil

Conventional Oil – this is your everyday run-of-the-mill oil with little to no additives, used in bulk by dealerships, service centers, and at home mechanics because of its low cost
Premium Conventional Oil – a grade above conventional oil, commonly used in newer cars
Full-Synthetic Oil – made for high tech engines and featuring superior and longer lasting performance typically three times the cost of conventional oil and not always necessary for most engines
Synthetic –blend Oil – premium conventional oil blended with a small amount of synthetic oil, popular with pick-up and SUV drivers because they offer better protection for heavier performance
High-Mileage Oil – developed for vehicles with at least 75,000 miles on the odometer, high mileage oil contains seal conditioners to increase the flexibility of internal engine seals.

Typical Oil Additives

Foam Inhibitors – disperse the foam created by certain engine components, for better lubrication
Detergents – help inhibit the formation of corrosion, rust, and deposits
Friction Modifiers – reduce engine friction for improved mileage
Anti-Wear Additives – protect metal surfaces even further after the oil’s lubricating film begins to breakdown
Viscosity-Index Improvers – as temperatures increase, these keep the oil from thinning too much

The best way to determine the oil that’s right for your vehicle is to consult the owner’s manual then do a little online research to discover what has worked best for like-minded drivers.

If you have further questions on the types of oil and which one is right for your car please don’t hesitate to contact us at Montgomeryville Acura. Montgomeryville Acura is an Acura Dealership and service center in Montgomeryville Pennsylvania serving the Philadelphia area.


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