Figuring out what type of engine oil to use in your vehicle is more confusing than ever nowadays. There are many different brands, weights, synthetics and other options that will boggle your mind. However, it is important to make sure you are using the right kind of oil that's best for your particular vehicle—especially if you are doing your own oil changes.
Look it Up
The first and easiest recommendation is to look in your vehicle owner's manual or search online. It will tell you the recommended weight and type, whether it's a fairly standard 10W-30, synthetic blend or full synthetic. If you are taking your vehicle to a quick lube shop, they will usually ask you what kind of oil you want. If you don't have an answer, they will use their best judgment. In most cases, they are going to make the right decision. For your own peace of mind, however, it helps to know the right answer so you aren't taking any chances with your vehicle's health or performance.
If you are taking your vehicle to a full-service automotive shop like LightHouse Automotive in Colorado Springs, you can just ask the experts and you will get a proper recommendation.
Let's take a look at some of the common types of engine oil out there:
Premium Conventional Oil
What used to be considered "premium" is basically the new standard for engine oil for many common light-duty vehicles on the road. There are different weights and viscosities to choose from, and weather can also have a factor. Here in Colorado, temperatures swing wildly between the summer and winter seasons, so you may end up wanting different oil in your vehicle depending on the time of year you have your oil changed.
Full Synthetic Oil
Some of today's modern high-performance cars, hybrids and electrics will run best with full synthetic oils. They are designed to offer superior, long-lasting performance under stringent conditions. However, full synthetics are much more expensive and aren't really necessary in many standard vehicles.
Synthetic Blend Oil
An option to full synthetic oil is a synthetic blend that will combine the synthetic oil with a conventional organic oil. These synthetic blends can offer extended performance and handle higher temperatures than conventional oils, but aren't as costly as full synthetics. Again, not every car will benefit from a synthetic blend, but many modern vehicles will require this type of engine oil to work best with more advanced engine designs.
A good number of vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles on the engine. We know plenty of drivers who love their vehicles and plan to drive them until the wheels fall off. Oil manufacturers now produce oils specifically designed for high-mileage cars, trucks and SUVs, available in different weights and synthetic options to keep your vehicle running as long as possible.
Whether you are regularly changing your oil and filter yourself, are taking it to a shop or just topping off the oil pan when you notice the fluid level is low, it's very important to use the right oil for your type of vehicle, engine design and mileage.
If you are in Colorado Springs and need an oil change or have questions about your engine oil, please call LightHouse Automotive at (719) 465-0302 or schedule your service appointment online.