Getting an oil change is one of the most important aspects in keeping your vehicle in good running condition. The motor oil is used to lubricate engine parts, reduce friction, clean, cool and protect the engine. It is important to change your engine oil regularly because when your engine is running, by-products from combustion contaminate your engine oil and as they build up in the oil, they can settle and create sludge and deposits in the engine. Dirty oil passages and engine components decrease your vehicles performance, efficiency and fuel economy.
There are basically 3 varieties of motor oil and it is important to know which type is best for your vehicle and driving style.
Regular oil, also called Conventional motor oil, has been the standard in the car industry for decades. It is the least expensive type of oil and needs to be changed between 3,500 and 7,500 miles. Conventional oil is recommended for drivers with simple engine designs and regular driving styles.
Synthetic oil contains additives that make it more tolerant to extreme temperatures and aging compared to conventional oils. It lasts up to 3 times longer than conventional oil and only has be to be changed every 10,000 to 20,000 miles. This type of oil is great for high-performance cars.
A Synthetic oil blend is a combination of synthetic and conventional engine oils. It is less expensive than synthetic and lasts longer than regular oil so it provides a nice middle ground within the motor oil options. Synthetic oil blend is fully compatible with all engine types and provides better protection from stressful driving conditions such as stop and go traffic, idling and frequent short trips.
You can learn more about how often you should change your motor oil and what type of oil is best for your vehicle in your vehicles owner’s manual.
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