What Type Of Motor Oil Does Your Car Need

When it comes to engines, no two oils are created equal.

Each car and truck engine is designed with a specific type, viscosity, and amount of oil in mind. These specifications ensure that oil will slide through the engine with optimal fluidity and remove heat from the engine at a measured pace.

Further factors that influence the right type of oil for your engine include the age of vehicle, type of vehicle you drive (car, SUV, pick-up, commercial truck), conventional versus performance engine, weather conditions and altitude in which you drive, and commute or workload for your vehicle.

Here's a cheat sheet on what to look for when choosing your next engine oil:

Types of oil?

Conventional Oil - this is your everyday run-of-the-mill oil with little to no additives, used in bulk by dealerships, service centers, and at home mechanics because of its low cost
Premium Conventional Oil - a grade above conventional oil, commonly used in newer cars
Full-synthetic Oil - made for high tech engines and featuring superior and longer lasting performance typically three times the cost of conventional oil and not always necessary for most engines
Synthetic -blend Oil - premium conventional oil blended with a small amount of synthetic oil, popular with pick-up and SUV drivers because they offer better protection for heavier performance
High-mileage Oil - developed for vehicles with at least 75,000 miles on the odometer, high mileage oil contains seal conditioners to increase the flexibility of internal engine seals.

Oil additives?

Foam inhibitors - disperse the foam created by certain engine components, for better lubrication
Detergents - help inhibit the formation of corrosion, rust, and deposits
Friction modifiers - reduce engine friction for improved mileage
Anti-wear additives - protect metal surfaces even further after the oil's lubricating film begins to breakdown
Viscosity-index improvers - as temperatures increase, these keep the oil from thinning too much

The best way to determine the oil that's right for your vehicle is to consult the owner's manual then do a little online research to discover what has worked best for like-minded drivers. If your car is due for an oil change bring it down to Norm Reeves Acura's service center located in Mission Viejo.

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