How to Know the Best Engine Oil for your Vehicle.
My team and I had a critical look at the various engine oils available and rechecked our their various specifications, and I know i can’t go wrong with the full-synthetic Mobil 1 which is still the best for now, but I have shed more light on the information you need to shop for the best engine oil that would give your car the best performance.
Engine oil is very critical for getting the best engine performance. It lubricates the engine’s internal parts, minimizes wear, disperses heat, and helps prevent corrosion and sludge buildup. After days of research with experts in engine maintains and repairs, we found that there’s little difference between the regular engine oil from the major brands, but we recommend Mobil 1 full-synthetic engine oil because of its great performance by every expert we had a chat with.
It’s chosen as the factory-fill oil by several oil marketers for the premium and high-performance cars, it’s easy to find in any Fuel stations, and it’s available in a various selection of formulas for both new and old cars.
The conventional engine oil works well for a lot of drivers (as long as the maintenance records are adhere to), a good synthetic will protect your car engine in a greater range of conditions and will hold up better over time. Like all full synthetics, Mobil 1 costs more than the various regular oil available around.
There are various other brands of synthetic engine oil around and the regular engine oil, my advice is you stick to the specification your car manufacturer specifies you use so your car engine can serve longer.
What DO I look out for when buying My ENGINE oil.
The varieties of engine oil around looks bewildering at first, but breaking the decision down into steps makes it a lot more manageable.
Any engine oil you buy should have the American Petroleum Institute’s.
All engine oils sold all over are tested by API, and if the oil meets certain minimum qualifications, the manufacturer can place the institute’s logo on the package. Also check the API “donut” that’s shown elsewhere on the bottle: The designation “API Service SN” indicates that it meets the latest API oil category specification for today’s petrol engines. The designations SM, SL, and SJ are used for older cars. Oils with other designations, such as SH, SG, and SF, are considered obsolete and not for use in most vehicles built in the past 20 years.
Look for the API star logo (right), which shows the oil met the industry’s minimum performance standards.
As long as the oil’s packaging carries the API star logo and the API “donut,” you can be sure the oil meets the API’s minimum performance requirements.
Because engine oil thins as it heats up, modern multi grade formulas show their viscosity rating during a cold start (in this example, the 5 next to W, for “winter”) and at high operating temperatures (the 30). Use only the type recommended for your car.
Today’s oils aren’t simply divided between conventional and synthetic. You’ll also see synthetic-blend oils, which mix conventional oil with some amount of synthetic. They’re cheaper than full synthetics and are offered as a sort of compromise on price and performance. They offer some of the benefits of synthetics, but they’re not quite as good as full synthetics. (Some auto enthusiasts even make their own blends, mixing conventional with full synthetics in some ratio or another.) There’s no harm in mixing synthetic and conventional oils, or even from switching back and forth between them from one oil change to the next—some manufacturers even use blends for their “factory fill.”
How often should I change my oil?
Regardless of the oil you use, we recommend that you change it based on the maintenance schedule in your car’s owner’s manual. For normal driving conditions, modern engines are typically designed to go 5,000Km to 8,000Km between oil changes, some cars can go longer the expected mileage.
However, if your car is been used in this various conditions known as“severe” conditions—stop-and-go driving, trailer-towing, mountainous terrain, or dusty conditions—the manual will recommend shorter intervals, such as every 3,000 miles, for example, instead of 7,500. (That said, these are some of the same conditions in which synthetic oil is of the most advantage.)
You can usually ignore your local lube shop’s 3,000-mile oil-change recommendation.
Making this even easier, many vehicles have an oil-use monitoring system that tracks how you actually use the engine and tells you when to change the oil, taking into account engine temperature, RPM, and other factors. These systems are considered very reliable.
Synthetic oil holds up better in the engine, you don’t need to change it as often as you do with the conventional oil. if you use synthetic oil in your car engine for which conventional oil is recommended, you can theoretically go longer than the recommended drain interval. This could partly balance out the higher cost of synthetic oil, but it’s not just the oil that needs to be changed regularly: The oil filter also plays a major role in determining your drain interval, so if your oil can go 10,000km, make sure the oil filter you use can go that distance, as well. In addition, engine oil’s additives will break down or become depleted well before the oil itself, so we still recommend sticking to your car’s recommended oil-change intervals, rather than pushing it to save a little money.
At the same time, you don’t need to go to the other extreme and change your oil every 3,000km, as many oil companies and local lube outlet recommends, unless you drive in the categories of severe conditions. Changing the engine oil more often than needed won’t harm your engine, but you’ll be spending more money than you need to.
Many people know when to have their oil changed but don’t pay much attention to it, Best option is taking advantage of the use of a window sticker system so that you don’t allow sludge to clog your top cylinder which would in-turn increase your fuel consumption due to the in complete combustion that would come up.
I advise you change your engine oil if not synthetic at every 3000km and if synthetic it can go as high as 5000km-7000km, depending on the usage.