Your engine is the integral part of your car, and if it is not running properly, you are not going to be able to go very far. One of the most important ways to keep your engine in tip top shape is to make sure that the engine is always well oiled. Engine oil is what keeps the mechanical moving parts lubricated and working properly. Without engine oil the engine can cease up from particles of dirt or metal. However, not all oils are the same and it is very important that you use the right type of oil for your vehicle. Here are just a few tips when looking at different engine oils.
The first type of oil that you can choose is going to be mineral oil. Mineral oil is made from the black crude oil that is produced. It is refined and can be used as a lubrication for your engine. This type of oil has been around since the very first type of cars were driving around. The refining process has come a long way and so the mineral oil that you use in your own vehicle is going to be very high quality. With this type of oil you are going to have to change your oil around 3,000 miles or every three months whichever comes first.
Synthetic oil is based off the same crude, but is then refined and different additives are put into the blend to give it a longer life. The oil stays cleaner for much longer and can also give your car a few added benefits when it comes to the corrosion of your engine. With the added engineering and additives you can expect to pay about twice as much for this type of oil as with mineral oil, but you will only have to change your oil about every 6,000 miles.
The weight of your oil is going to play a major factor. The weight of your oil is going to be the funky numbers on the front of the bottle. Not all oils are the same and this is by design. If you are in a colder climate you may want to have thinner oil that runs a little easier during the winter months. Look at your owner's manual and see what type of oil is recommended for your car, and then talk with your mechanic about the options that are available.
To learn more about engine oil and what type is recommended for your vehicle, talk to a professional at Small & Sons Oil Dist Co.