What Type of Oil Does Your Car Need?
Choosing the right oil for your vehicle is just as important as changing your oil regularly. To help drivers in Atlantic City and Egg Harbor pick out the correct type of oil for their vehicle, we at Boardwalk Honda have put together this detailed guide.
Below, you'll find more information about the importance of engine oil, the four different types of engine oil, what each type of oil is used for, and more. Let's get started!
The Importance of Engine Oil
The oil in your engine system has two very important jobs-lubricating the many fast-moving parts in the engine as well as keeping them all clean. However, not all vehicles operate the same way, which means they all need different types of oil to help them function.
Not sure if it's time for an oil change? Read our How Often Should You Change Your Oil article to help find out!
The Different Types of Engine Oil
There are four main types of engine oil including conventional engine oil, synthetic engine oil, synthetic blend engine oil, and high-mileage engine oil. Each of these types of engine oil is designed for specific types of vehicle...
- Conventional Engine Oil - This type of oil is typically used for new and light-duty vehicles but is offered in a wide range of viscosity levels making it okay to use in most vehicles.
- Synthetic Engine Oil - This type of oil is made for high-performance vehicles such as high-powered sports cars and trucks used for towing.
- Synthetic Blend Engine Oil - This type of oil is used for vehicles that tow heavy loads such as heavy-duty pickup trucks and high-powered SUVs.
- High-Mileage Engine Oil - This oil is designed for vehicles that have 75,000 miles or more on the odometer in order to preserve their condition and keep them running longer.
As you can see, it's important to pick the right engine oil to ensure that you maintain the quality of your vehicle and keep everything running smoothly.
Understanding the Container Label
Picking the right type of engine oil for your vehicle is just the first step. Before you decide on an oil, you'll want to thoroughly inspect the label for a couple of things. Firstly, decent oil is marked with two different labels that let you know the oil is the best quality.
One label is from the American Petroleum Institute, which indicates that the oil is certified by them for gasoline engines. The other label indicates the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) viscosity number and whether or not the oil has passed the Energy Conservation test.
While you're looking at the second label, you'll want to be sure that the viscosity number meets the needs of your driving conditions. The lower the number, the less resistant the oil is to thinning when heated.
Still Have Questions about Oil?
We at Boardwalk Honda hope this guide has given you all the information you wanted about how to pick out oil for your vehicle. However, we're happy to help drivers in Atlantic City and Egg Harbor who still have questions. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule a service appointment if you're due for an oil change!