The main function of engine or motor oil is to lubricate the moving parts of the engine. Motor oil also prevents corrosion and cools the engine by carrying heat away from the moving parts. Without oil, the engine seizes up and dies. Regularly changing the oil of your vehicle can help combat these engine seizures and help prolong the life of your vehicle.
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Oil lubricates your vehicle’s engine and helps to fight against the two biggest elements facing any engine: heat and friction. Without oil, your vehicle would produce excessive heat, heat causes friction, and friction produces wear. Wear is the biggest threat to your vehicle’s engine.
Regular oil changes are the best protection against internal engine damage. Clean, high-quality oil also helps reduce emissions and improve fuel mileage.
There are three types of engine oil: conventional, synthetic, and high mileage.
Conventional oil (also known as standard and premium oil) is formulated with additives to ensure that it has the proper heat tolerance, breakdown resistance, and viscosity that engines require. For many vehicles, conventional/premium oil is fine.
Conventional/premium motor oil provides adequate protection but is prone to breakdown and sludge. Our expert technicians at AutoWorks recommend changing your premium motor oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles.
Newer vehicles may have longer original equipment manufacturer, also known as OEM, drainage intervals.
Synthetic oil is engineered specifically to provide the highest level of lubrication in high and low temperatures, which results in better overall engine protection. Synthetic oil has superior cleansing properties that help to keep the engine cleaner.
Synthetic motor oil is superior to providing better protection, longer oil change intervals, providing greater resistance to breakdown, improved cold weather starts, and improve overall fuel mileage. Synthetic motor oil can go as much as 10,000 to 15,000 mile between changes.
Synthetic oil is the most expensive motor oil, but is considered by many to be the best type of oil that you can put in your vehicle. But, not every vehicle requires synthetic oil.
If driving conditions are not ideal, synthetic oil may be the best option. In cases of stop and go traffic, short trips, very hot or very cold temperatures, synthetic oil may be the best option.
Most new vehicles require synthetic oil, but older vehicles should run fine using conventional/premium oil, unless the vehicle has more than 75,000 miles on it, in which case, a high-mileage oil is recommended.
How the oil for your vehicle is chosen is important. Here are all the things that the expert technicians at AutoWorks put into practice when they do the oil change for your vehicle:
- AutoWorks’ technicians determine whether your vehicle needs conventional, synthetic, or high-mileage oil.
- AutoWorks’ technicians choose the right weight oil, which is the premium, Chevron 5W-30.
- AutoWorks will keep a record of when you last changed your vehicle’s oil; our technicians will post a sticker inside the driver’s side windshield, which will indicate when the next oil change service should take place.
- AutoWorks’ technicians will choose a high-quality filter. It makes sense when you change your vehicle’s oil to install a new oil filter that will help keep your oil clean longer.
The technicians at AutoWorks will determine look to see where the level of your vehicle’s engine oil is and what condition the oil is in.