When you bring your car into our shop for routine maintenance in Conway, AR, you’ll most likely be getting an oil change as part of the deal. With many types of motor oil available, this can be an overwhelming proposition, and especially if it is your first Euro or performance car, this can be a daunting decision. Here is a look at the different types of motor oil so you can effectively discuss this matter with your mechanic.
This is the least expensive type of motor oil. It includes no additives, making it the most basic of oil products. If you are good about oil changes or have a low-mileage vehicle, this is an affordable choice for preserving your vehicle’s engine.
Premium conventional oil
This is oil designated for new cars that are still being broken in. It can be rated SL, which indicates the highest level of quality. Premium conventional oil is offered in the same common viscosities as conventional oil, which makes it appropriate for several types of vehicles.
The contrast to premium conventional is high-mileage oil, which is recommended for cars with 75,000 miles or more on the odometer. It contains extra conditioners to help the well-used engine, which assists with the flexibility of the engine seals. While some drivers find using high-mileage oil helps their cars run better, others discover it does not always have a benefit.
For the high-tech, high-performance car, drivers have full-synthetic oil available. It works better than other types during low temperatures, but warm temperatures never compromise its quality either. Full-synthetic oil is long-lasting and offers maximum protection against deposits. However, it is also expensive and not every engine will get the full benefit from a full-synthetic. It is best not to splurge on it unless your owner’s manual insists otherwise.
Synthetic blend offers premium conventional oil with a splash of synthetic oil mixed in. It is a great product for heavier engines that run hot, such as trucks that perform frequent towing. Drivers who own pick-ups and SUVs benefit most from a synthetic blend.
Choosing a viscosity
The numbers used in labeling motor oil indicate viscosity, which is resistance to thinning. It is labeled as two numbers, the first one marked with “W.” For example, one of the more popular types of oil is “5W-20.” Manufacturers will recommend a viscosity based on engine tolerance.
In climates with extreme temperatures, the choice of viscosity is often adjusted to those conditions. Cars in colder climates benefit from lower numbers ahead of the “W”, like zero or five. Drivers who live in warmer climates need to consider oils with higher “W” numbers, usually starting at 10. Therefore, even if an owner’s manual recommends 5W-30 oil, your shop may suggest 10W-30 instead so it resists thinning more effectively.
Riverdale Automotive recommends an oil change with your routine maintenance in Conway, AR. If you are confused by the array of options available for your vehicle, all you need to do is ask. We can help keep your vehicle running at peak efficiency.