Here are some hints and tips, as it comes to applying engine oil!

Here are some hints and tips, as it comes to applying engine oil!

Engine Oil: What to Know

Selecting the correct engine oil is not easy. For one thing, there are two main kinds; synthetic and standard. Synthetic engine oils have been out there for years and years and are mainstream today. As the name suggests, the synthetic oils are derived from chemical compounds other than those in crude oil. More pricey synthetics provide fantastic lubrication at all temperatures, contain additives to condition engine seals and may be used for a long time with no change. 

So, which oil is better?  The first thing to do is check your owner’s manual. A few vehicle makers outline specific brands, blends, and viscosities, and most always on their new models. The designated oils could have specific additives or characteristics that your vehicle’s engine requires for the best economy and performance. If you’re ever in doubt, ask a car dealer who has experience with your vehicle model. 

And if you’re wondering about if it’s okay to mix different types of engine oil or not, then have no fear because various engine oils have proven to be compatible with each other. However, if by chance you’re trying to use pure synthetic oil then don’t use it with regular oil!

Viscosity ratings 
On the front of the majority of oil containers you will see the “viscosity rating.” Viscosity can be thought of as an oil’s “thickness.” Viscosities you may find include 0W-20, 5W-30, 10W-40, and 20W-50, but many others exist. These are multi-grade oils, with additives to tailor their viscosities to many engines’ operating temperature requirements. 

How to do your own oil change if you’re so inclined

For many vehicles, it is ideal to check the oil with the engine cold and off (there are some exceptions, so look in the owner’s manual), when parked on a level surface. If you’re not sure where your engine’s dipstick resides, consult the manual. 

All you do is pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag or towel. Replace it, then pull it out another time. You should see oil between the two holes or lines in the dipstick; when it’s in that range, your level is fine. If it’s at or below the stick’s lower mark, add a quart and check the level again later. This is what the Service Manager at Thompson Hyundai in Baltimore, MD says to do. Thompson Hyundai is a local full-service car dealer. 

Think about oil’s role in your engine’s well-being. There’s more to engine oil than we are able to discuss here, but with having looked at the basics, you can start to understand engine oil and make the perfect decision for your car. 

We’ve come a long way from the days when just the auto parts store carried a few big brands of oil, and that was about it. As engines have gotten complex, engine oil has hustled to keep up. But that’s a great thing!

Whether you change your own oil or have it done at a garage, just be sure you do it. As the oil additives break down and contaminants travel into your engine, oil’s effectiveness is compromised!  And we’re not making this up; oil really does become less effective over time. And you do not want to see that happen! There are now multiple types and brands of oil on the market, and we hope this vehicle has assisted you, whether you’re going to bring your car to the dealership for an oil change or try it out yourself.




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