For the uninformed automobile owner, all engine oils look just the same. One can just go into a store that sells multiple brands of engine oils and pick the first one that he or she sees. However, there are many things you have to take into account if you want to keep the heart of your car healthy and running.
You’d want to pick a great engine oil for your four-wheeler mainly because it helps prevent friction inside the vehicle’s core – without the proper oil inside it, its parts will rub to one another and generate heat, and too much heat will make your car underperform.
The Society of Automotive Engineers has a rating, called SAE rating, which refers to the viscosity of any given oil that you might feed your four-wheeler with. Therefore, when buying oil, you might be greeted by labels that read 5W-30 or just plain 30. What do they mean, though?
The first number refers to the grade of viscosity of the oil, in our case, 5 – viscosity shows how thick or how thin the oil is. The latter, in our case, shows the season in which that specific oil was tested in – winter, for example.
Oil rated 5W-30 is capable of helping your four-wheeler’s engine start a lot faster, when in cold weather, when compared to 10W oil, for example. Why? Because thinner oil must be used only in colder temperatures – while thicker oil in normal to warmer temperatures.
The viscosity of the oil matters because it has to run smoothly inside the engine of your four-wheeler. Thinner oil won’t be affected by colder temperatures and will be able to better lubricate the components of the engine.
On the other hand, thicker oil won’t be able to make your engine keep up with the surrounding environment – this is why it is preferred if you plan to use your four-wheeler in warmer temperatures.
As we mentioned before, there are many types of oil out there – it’s up to you to choose the one that fits your vehicle, and up to us to teach you which one you should take into account.
In terms of oil, you will find premium conventional oil, full synthetic oil, synthetic blend oil, and higher mileage oil.
Premium conventional oil is the standard oil that new cars come with, and will usually be labeled as 5w-20, 5w-30, or 10w-30 in case the vehicle is meant to be driven in warmer temperatures. With this type of oil in your engine, you’ll have to change the oil filter and the oil as well, around two times a year.
Full synthetic oil is superior to the premium conventional one. It is meant for more advanced engines and will usually last longer, perform better, and avoid any deposits in your engine. This type of oil is meant to flow better at low temperatures while maintaining its lubricant priorities at all times – the downside is that it is quite expensive.