Automotive Oil – What To Buy

[ad#Google Adsense]Buying automotive oil for your car is like picking out a type of cereal, there are tons of options.  Furthermore, each brand and type seem to offer the best solution and advancements others don’t have.  So how is a person, looking to change their own oil, supposed to pick out the right price point for the best benefit to their engine?  Well, I’m here to help you sort it out.

In this article I will only be covering standard automotive oil for passenver car and trucks.  If you are looking for automotive oil for a big rig, atv, or something else, please move along because that starts getting a little more complicated on the type of application you want to protect against.  Let’s start by looking at the factors that need to be considered with your individual car, to make the right decision.

How Many Miles

Depending on how many miles your car has will dictate what type of oil you need, or rather which would be best suited to protect your engine.  Special automotive oil for high mileage vehicles, over 75,000 miles, will be formulated to better treat seals, rings, and other engine components that become brittle in older engines.

Valvoline recommends a product called Max Life, which specifically treats engine seals to help prevent leaks which are common on high mileage engines.  Furthermore it aids in cold starts, prevents and cleans deposits, and ultimately improve fuel consumption and horsepower.

Valvoline also offers automotive oil in what’s called a dura blend formula, which also protects agains the previously mentioned ailments of high mileage engines.  It’s a blend of synthetic and conventional automotive oil, which provides longer life and time inbetween oil changes.  Also it contains additives that protect against your engine better than any conventional motor oil currently on the market.

Valvoline VV291 DuraBlend SAE 5w-30 Motor Oil, Pack of Six 1 Quart Bottles

Temperature Where You Drive

Temperature also plays a vital role in which automotive oil you need to give your engine to drink.  Sythentics are recommended for extreme temperatures, since it’s less likely to break down in extreme heat or cold.  By providing faster oil flow at colder temperatures Valvoline’s Full Syn Power is capable of providing optimal starting power in extreme cold weather.

For high temperature environments full synthetic blend will protect your engine from wear.  The sythentic oils improved viscosity stability means more protection in bad weather conditions.

Valvoline VV966 SynPower Motor Oil SAE 5W-40, Pack of Six 1 Quart Bottles

Oil W’s

The ‘W’ in engine formulations refers to Winter, contrary to popular myth that it’s referring to weight.  The w is found in automotive formulations like 5w30 and 10w30.  Again, the W in automotive oil is short for Winter, not weight.

Traditional oils were graded by indications of say 10 SAE and would have the same viscocity as say a 10w30 multi grade automotive oil would have.  Additives were added to the automotive oil so that any multi-grade oil you choose would keep a consistent viscocity rating throughout the seasons and temperatures.  Generally speaking in most of the US, you wouldn’t have to worry about so extreme tempertures to go with anything other than a multi grade 5w30 or 10w30 automotive oil.

To find out exactly what type of multigrade oil your car uses, simply refer to your owners manual or inside an engine information tag.  One wouldn’t necessarily be better than the other, just go with what your manufacturer recommends.  Consider that 10w oil is tested for cold cranking down to -13 F and 5w is tested down to -22 F, are you really going to tell a difference?

Summed Up

I hope this article has shed some light on your next automotive oil purchase.  As times get tough more and more drivers are changing the oil themselves and will save lots of money during the life of a vehicle.  Just don’t forget that oil filter no matter what type of oil you end up using.

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Author: Christopher

I've been an auto enthusiast since birth. I'm a grease monkey at heart and love learning to work on anything automotive. You'll often find me hiding in the garage, attending car shows, and reading about the latest and greatest online.

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  1. Is that Valvoline engine oil guarantee actually worth it? What if you like to change your oil on your own?

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