Oil Changes

OIL CHANGES

Oil Changes

When you consider your vehicle’s engine combustion chamber is subjected to temperatures of over 8,000 degrees Celsius and metal parts grinding against each other, you can understand why it needs to be protected against heat and friction.
Oil is the most essential thing you can do to protect your engine; in fact, you could say it is the lifeblood of your engine.
Engine oil consists of base oil (refined crude oil) combined with additives. Oil lubricates, cleans, retards corrosion and cools critical parts of your engine. The oil additives also help to suspend dirt and contaminates, which are trapped by the oil filter before flowing back through the engine.
Over time motor oil becomes contaminated by dust, metal shavings, condensation, anti-freeze and the oil additives also break down. The oil filter’s ability also deteriorates and can become clogged with these contaminants allowing the dirty oil to flow around the filter back into the engine.
How often should I change my oil and oil filter?
Oil change intervals vary, but a conservative rule of thumb is every 5,000 kilometers or more frequently in “severe” operating conditions. A “severe” operating condition would be a lot of stop-and-go driving in city or rush hour traffic.
It is best to check your Owner’s Manual for the recommended oil change service intervals.
What kind of oil should I be using?
Choosing the right oil for your vehicle depends on a number of things. Your owner’s manual will recommend the weight of oil recommended for your vehicle and if your vehicle is under warranty you should follow their recommendation.
There are various grades of conventional oil with multi-grades the most common. The most common multi-grade oils are 10W30 and 5W30. So what does 10W30 mean? The number 10 is an index as to how well the oil flows in cold temperatures, the “W” means it can be used in winter and the number 30 refers to how it flows in high temperatures. 10W30 is the most frequently recommended multi-grade oil. Today, most new cars recommend 5W30.
Whatever the oil you buy it is recommended that you purchase a major brand.
Caution: Using inexpensive recycled oil is not recommended, as you do not know where this stuff has been.
What is the difference between synthetic and conventional oils?
Conventional (base) oil is refined crude, which undergoes a variety of refining processes before it is suitable for your vehicles engine. Additives are then added to perform a wide variety of functions such as detergents and dispersants to clean and suspend fine contaminates, rust and corrosion inhibitors and anti-wear additives to prevent metal-to-metal contact.
Synthetic oil is engineered to do the same job as conventional oil except it is specifically manufactured to stand up to more extreme conditions. Synthetic oil remains stable at high temperatures and fluid at low temperatures under which conditions conventional oils either begin to breakdown or thicken. This provides reduce engine wear for a cleaner, more efficient engine.