Preparing for Your Oil Change
Never change your oil while the engine is hot! Let it cool for a few hours as oil can burn you badly. Caution! If you drove your car recently, your oil could be very hot. When your engine is warmed up, your engine oil can be as hot as 250 degrees! Allow at least two hours for your oil to cool before you start your oil change. Oil burns are very dangerous.
Be sure you have a safe area to do your oil change. Level, solid ground is a must so that you can safely jack up your car. Consider putting something on the driveway or garage floor underneath the engine in case you spill. Cardboard or a piece of plywood are great for this.
Before you even start to do your oil change, be sure you have everything you need to get the job done.… READ THE REST
Changing your car’s oil at regular intervals isn’t just a good idea — it’s a vital part of keeping your car’s engine running properly. The purpose of engine oil is to keep the internal parts of your car’s engine lubricated and cool. It keeps the moving parts from grinding against each other causing wear and damage.
Without frequent oil changes, dirt and sludge can build up in the engine, and old, dirty oil won’t lubricate the moving parts as well as new, fresh oil will. Dirty oil leads to serious damage, and if things get bad enough, there may be an engine replacement in your future.
Fortunately, changing your oil is a simple and relatively inexpensive procedure. Depending on what kind of vehicle you have, you can get your oil changed at a lube shop or dealership every 3,000 to 5,000 miles (4,828 to 8,047 kilometers). It’s not hard to change the oil yourself, either.… READ THE REST
The next time you walk in to your local shop to get your oil changed and the service attendant asks you synthetic or regular? You just might have to think twice before you answer…for the sake of your wallet, and yes, the environment too!
First off, synthetic oil is better than conventional oil when it comes to its form and function. Conventional oil could never stand up to synthetic when it comes to longevity and ability to handle extreme high temperatures without breaking down.
But all this advanced technology doesn’t come cheap. A synthetic oil change can cost over twice as much as conventional oil…but is it worth it beyond its obvious better performance characteristics?
This is not exactly a straight yes or no answer to go along with this question as there are several variables to consider, but in general, most experts would agree that synthetic is (for now) the lesser of the two evils.… READ THE REST
Choosing the correct motor oil for your car might seem daunting but the best way to start is by checking your owners manual for your car manufacturers suggested oil weight. Adjust this weight based on the weather (more on that later) and then start choosing a specific motor oil brand by checking out the starburst symbol that indicates the oil has been tested and meets the standards of the American Petroleum Institute (API). In addition, there’s a 2-character service designation on the container. API’s latest service standard is “SL.” SL refers to a group of laboratory and engine tests, including the latest series for control of high-temperature deposits. Your third task is to pick the viscosity (thickness) that’s suitable for the temperatures your vehicle normally operates in (check your owners manual), and you’re done. Well, not quite. There’s a whole lot more to the story than that.
Understand the Labels
These are the labels you’ll find on every container of reputable motor oil.… READ THE REST
Motor oil can be segmented into four basic varieties—synthetic oil, synthetic blends, high mileage oil, and conventional oil.
Synthetic Motor Oil
Synthetic motor oil has gone through a chemically engineered process. Synthetic oil molecules are more uniform in shape with fewer impurities and better properties than conventional oil molecules. In general, synthetic oil has better extreme high temperature and low temperature performance. Synthetic oils are generally formulated with higher performing additives.
Synthetic Blend Motor Oil
Synthetic blend motor oil uses a mixture of synthetic and conventional base oils for added resistance to oxidation (compared to conventional oil) and provide excellent low-temperature properties.
High-Mileage Motor Oil
High-mileage motor oil is specially formulated for late model vehicles or newer vehicles with over 75,000 miles. High mileage motor oil, with its unique additives and formulation, helps to reduce oil burn-off, and helps prevent oil leaks that may occur in older engines.
Conventional Motor Oil
Conventional motor oils can be formulated in a range of viscosity grades and quality levels.… READ THE REST
You would think that, much like cooking oil, motor oil would be a relatively simple thing — not so. We aren’t going to inundate you with technical geekery, nor will we give you a chemistry lesson on the functions of friction modifiers. Thankfully, our friends over at Popular Mechanics already have that covered. Once you’ve narrowed down what viscosity your car requires (that fun 5W30, 15W40, etc. number), and whether it’s been running a synthetic oil or not, you’re then down to choosing the quantity required for your car and, more importantly, the brand.
Each of these top-tier brands spend a great deal of time and resources testing their motor oils, and experimenting with different additives in order to ensure that their oil protects your engine for as long as possible. We have heard numerous stories over the years from incredibly brand-loyal motorists who swear by their choice, often touting the hundreds of thousands of miles they’ve covered without suffering from engine failure.… READ THE REST