Everyone knows the importance of routine oil changes. Yet, there can be so much confusion as to timing, brands, and type. For example, what’s the difference between a conventional and a premium oil change? Will all motor oil brands provide equal protection? Let’s review some basics about motor oil.
The Differences In Motor Oil
Years ago, it was fairly simple to change your engine oil. There were fewer brands, weights, and types. Today, you’ll find the shelves of auto stores stocked with many options. Generally, you can divide engine oil into these categories:
Typically, you’ll find over a dozen different brands of motor oil. Some of these have been around for over 100 years, while others, like Amazon, are new to the market. While all motor oil begins as crude oil, the distillation process can vary between companies. It’s this refining process that removes impurities from the motor oil.
After the refining process, motor oil companies add many different additives to protect against engine wear:
- Rust inhibitors
- Corrosion inhibitors
- Friction modifiers
- Seal swell agents
- Viscosity modifiers
Manufacturers of the more expensive brands create perfectly balanced formulations for the ultimate protection. Often, cheaper oil brands have fewer additives and cannot offer you the same assurance as name brands. Thus, opting for the cheaper option may cause more wear and tear on your engine.
If you’ve looked at a bottle of motor oil, you’ll notice a designation like 5W-30 or 10W-40. This is the motor oil’s weight which describes the viscosity of the oil. Car engines start cold and quickly heat to extremely high temperatures. Your engine oil must be able to flow at cold temperatures so your car will start. However, it must not become too thin at higher temperatures or you’ll experience premature engine wear.
In addition to checking the weight and choosing the brand, you have 4 different types of engine oil:
Machinery, like a car engine, requires lubrication to prevent friction and protect parts from wear. For many years, automakers used conventional oil for this job. It’s derived from crude oil and is the least expensive choice. Yet, conventional oil is more prone to degradation and you’ll need more frequent changes.
Many synthetic oils also begin with crude oil. However, after the refining process, the oil undergoes a chemical-engineered process to produce uniform molecules. This allows the oil to flow quickly and easily throughout your engine. It also extends its lifespan so you don’t have to change your oil as frequently.
Although synthetic oil has many advantages, it’s also more expensive than conventional oil. To offset the cost, many manufacturers create a blend of conventional and synthetic oil. This oil blend gives your more protection and performance than conventional oil but at a lower price than full synthetic
Usually made from a synthetic base, high mileage motor oil also contains special additives. These additional chemicals address some of the problems with aging engines. One such additive causes seals, o-rings, and gaskets to swell to stop leakage. Typically, many experts recommend using this oil once your vehicle reaches 75,000 miles.
Choosing The Best Option For Your Vehicle
Generally, the best source for all your maintenance is your vehicle owner’s manual. In this book, your manufacturer will make recommendations for the type of oil, weight, and time frame for changing it. However, certain factors may dictate you changing your oil more often or using a different weight:
- Driving habits
- Age of your vehicle
Often, colder climates will need an oil that flows better in winter. Alternatively, warmer climates require an oil that doesn’t become too thin in summer. Moreover, the type of driving you do will affect your oil. City driving is hard on oil and will require more frequent changes. Finally, an older engine can benefit from the added protection of a high mileage motor oil.
If you’re confused about the best choice for your car, visit Havoline® Xpress Lube of Kernersville. Our technicians can review your automaker’s recommendations and discuss your driving habits. Then, we can make suggestions for the best option for your vehicle.
Premium Oil Change FAQs
Still confused? Our staff is happy to answer any questions about getting a premium oil change. Simply call us at 336-993-7697. Below, we answer a few commonly asked questions.
What Is A Premium Oil Change?
Usually, a premium oil change means the shop will use synthetic oil. However, if you’re unsure about the meaning of the term, ask your auto repair provider. Here at Xpress Lube, we love our customers and always take the time to answer all questions.
Where Is Havoline® Xpress Lube of Kernersville?
You’ll find our auto shop conveniently located at 725 Highway 66 South in Kernersville. Our location makes it easy to access both I-40 and Business 40.
Can I Switch Between Types Of Motor Oil?
Usually, switching between brands is acceptable as long as you use a high-quality oil. Also, you may be able to change weights depending on your automaker’s specifications. Moreover, you can use synthetic if your automaker recommends conventional. However, if your manufacturer specifies synthetic, you must use this type.
What Other Kinds Of Services Do You Provide?
Havoline® Xpress Lube of Kernersville is a full-service auto shop with a wide range of services. Our ASE-certified technicians can repair and service both domestic and foreign vehicles. Whenever you’re experiencing any automobile issue, our team can diagnose and fix your issue quickly. Moreover, we have a car wash as well so you can leave with a fixed and bright, shiny vehicle!
Ready to schedule an oil change? Use our easy online form or call us at 336-993-7697.