If you believe in looking after your vehicle then you need to be mindful of what you’re putting in it. Car engines work really hard; good oil is essential to keeping it healthy and working well for a long time. Your car’s engine has a lot of moving parts – most of them metal; those moving parts can create a lot of friction and need good lubrication to help prevent this. Car engines generate a significant amount of heat that components are also subject to. Engine oil helps to insulate these components from the worst of the heat. Oil also works against oxidisation – where oxygen from air in the engine can corrode internal parts against time.
These are some of the things you want and expect from a good engine oil brand. Cheaper oil can not only be less effective, it can lead to additional problems too:
- Increased fuel consumption
- Oil leaking into the pistons
- Oil accumulating and passing through to the combustion chamber where it burns
- Insufficient lubrication to protect parts
- Sludge build-up
- Voiding of your manufacturer warranty – if the oil does not meet the standards they require
Always ask for good quality engine oil – it’s worth it!
Should you use synthetic motor oil?
There are a lot of people who will tell you it’s best to switch to synthetic. Repeated studies have shown however that synthetic is generally best when the manufacturer recommends it. For most cars synthetic is not worth the extra cost involved and most good quality engine oil brands are sufficient to protect the engine.