Different Types of Oil and How To Choose the Right One For Your Car

Choosing the right type of oil for your car is crucial for optimal engine performance, efficiency, and longevity. With a multitude of oil options available, understanding the differences between them and selecting the right one can be overwhelming. Let's get you up to speed with the different types of oil and which one to choose for your car!

Conventional Oil

Conventional oil, also known as mineral oil, is the most basic type of oil. It is derived from crude oil and undergoes minimal processing. Conventional oil provides decent lubrication and works well in older, low-mileage vehicles with less demanding engine requirements. However, it generally requires more frequent oil changes compared to synthetic oils.

Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil is engineered to offer superior performance and protection compared to conventional oil. It is formulated with advanced additives and a base oil that undergoes extensive processing to provide optimal lubrication in a wide range of conditions. Synthetic oil offers better resistance to breakdown, higher viscosity stability, improved engine cleanliness, and increased fuel efficiency. It is particularly beneficial for newer vehicles, high-performance engines, and extreme temperature environments.

Synthetic Blend Oil

As the name suggests, synthetic blend oil is a combination of synthetic and conventional oils. It offers some of the benefits of synthetic oil at a more affordable price point. Synthetic blend oil provides improved protection and performance compared to conventional oil, making it a good option for vehicles that require extra lubrication under certain conditions, such as towing or frequent stop-and-go driving.

Choosing the Right Oil

To choose the right oil for your car, consider the following factors:

  • Consult your vehicle's owner's manual: The manufacturer's recommendations are the best starting point for selecting the right oil. The manual will specify the recommended viscosity grade (e.g., 5W-30) and oil type (e.g., synthetic, conventional) for your car.
  • Consider your driving conditions: If you frequently drive in extreme temperatures or engage in demanding activities like towing or racing, synthetic oil may offer better protection and performance.
  • Quality and certifications: Look for oils that meet the industry standards and carry certifications like the API (American Petroleum Institute) "Starburst" symbol or the ILSAC (International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee) "donut" symbol. These certifications indicate that the oil has passed rigorous testing and meets specific performance criteria.

Oil Changes? Transmission Hero Is Here To Help!

When your oil is due for a change, make sure to contact us at Transmission Hero! We can also help with deciding which brand and type of oil works best for your car!

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