Which Oil Should You Be Using?

The weather is shifting, and everything changes about the way your car operates. When temperatures drop, the fluids that keep your vehicle running smoothly change in viscosity, ultimately making them more or less effective. Cold weather can thicken up your oil, meaning your engine has to work harder to pump it to where it needs to go. Trying to figure out how to judge your motor oil can be confusing unless you know what you’re looking for.

Look For The “W”

When looking at your oil, how can you tell what temperature it’s rated for? The key is the “W.” The Society for Automotive Engineers rates all motor oils so that drivers can easily pick out what they need, but most people don’t know how to read the designations. The rating for 10W30 means that it’s good to a certain temperature. A 5W30 will work more efficiently at lower temperatures consistently because it doesn’t thicken up as much. 

Conventional Motor Oil or Synthetic?

There are a few different oil mixtures that serve different purposes. Conventional oil serves the purpose it’s meant to at an affordable price. Synthetic blends some of the benefits of synthetic oils with the more affordable conventional.  Full synthetic oils serve the needs of modern engines best in most cases. With fewer impurities and a wider temperature range of efficiency, the higher price is definitely worth it for most drivers.

What Fits Your Need?

Your make and model for your vehicle can determine what kind of oil you need to be using. Your user manual should give you that information, but if you need a professional opinion, don’t hesitate to stop into Northpoint Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to talk to our service team. Our trained technicians will be able to take a look at your engine and oil requirements and recommend the perfect oil for your ride.

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