Choosing the right oil for your vehicle
What’s the Ideal Oil to Use for Your Motor Vehicle?
In the past there were limited choices when it came to which oil to use on our cars. These day’s there are all kinds of oils all promising to make our vehicles perform better, use less fuel and more. For many vehicle owners the extensive choice of oil’s on the market can be confusing, making it difficult to decide on the right choice for your car.
What to consider when choosing oil for your vehicle.
- Follow yourmanufactures recommendation on which oil to use for your car. Buy oil that matches specification and certificate requirement. Change the oil as often as it’s required to allow the engine to perform according to its capacity.
- Viscosity and Weight
Viscosity is the oils resistance to flow. In cold weather, the oil would be thick and in high temperature, it would uselessly thin and flow easily. It’s not advisable to select heavier than recommended oils in the hope that it will provide better protection.
Modern engines have light clearance between partsand this will not work well with heavier viscosity oil especially when the engine is cold. Lighter oil is recommended in this case and it also provides better fuel economy.
- Well Tested and Qualified
Choose quality oils that have been tried and tested by international organizations like American Petroleum Institute (API), International Lubricant Standardization & Approval Committee (ILSAC) and European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).
- Synthetic Blended Oil
Synthetic oil offers more protection as compared to conventional oil. Synthetic oil is ideal for extreme conditions, popular for trucks and SUV’s especially good when the vehicle is subjected to towing and hauling heavy machinery. For most everyday use it is not wholly necessary to use synthetic oil.
- Full Synthetic Viscosity Most if not all motor manufactures recommend synthetics because they protect the parts of the vehicle like the gasket and are less prone to vaporize and evaporation.
Though this oil is quite costly, the advantage is that the oil change intervals are much longer, not requiring a change for as long as 10,000-12,000miles.
- Oil Change intervals
There is no ideal interval for oil changes, even the manufacturers can’t agree on a particular timeframe. Some insurers recommend 3000 miles while environmentalists say 10,000 or longer. Somewhere between is probably ideal!
It all depends on how you drive and often times change the oil appropriately and use correct weights and certified oils.