Which Oil Do I Pick for My Oil Change?
When you need an oil change, you might be totally flabbergasted at the selection of motor oils available to you – shelves upon shelves. But don’t worry – there are actually only a few things you need to consider. Don’t sweat the brand names. They don’t mean much. What you need to know about is the type of oil that will be used in your oil change, and there are really only four main options.
Synthetic oil is created from man-made materials and contains additives that work to improve performance. They reduce friction very effectively, meaning that you get better fuel economy, and they are less likely to break down at extreme heat, meaning that you will use less oil between each oil change. They also move more easily through your vehicles’ engine and reduce deposits, meaning that you will be able to start up more easily in cold temperatures. They also last longer, and are the least expensive oil that you can buy. Synthetic oils, generally speaking, are better for newer vehicles.
Synthetic blends use fuel additives along with the oil, to deliver better oxidation resistance and to work better at low temperatures. Synthetic blends work better for cold starts, and if you’re in traffic where you have to stop and go a lot. They’re also better for vehicles like trucks or vans that typically carry heavy loads.
High Mileage Oil
This is a special blend of oil and additives that is specifically designed to work best for vehicles that have already seen quite a bit of mileage. It protects against leaks, friction, sludge, and build-up. If your vehicle has clocked more than 75,000 miles, or if you drive more than 15,000 miles in any given year, this is the oil for you.
This is simply basic oil that has been made from crude and refinery-processed. It also has additives to protect your engine. This is the least expensive engine oil. It won’t offer any additional benefits, but if you’re driving a beater that you plan to throw away once the cost of repairs gets too high, it will suit you just fine.
Keep in mind that no matter what type of oil you’re using; you’ll need to change it regularly. You don’t want to end up with a bunch of contaminants that will wear out your engine components.
In Escondido, CA, contact D Mac’s Auto Repair for regular oil changes. We are located at 1554 Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA, and you can reach us at 760-746-0111.