The oil in your car helps lubricate all those moving parts in your engine and absorbs excess heat so your car can run efficiently. But engine oil doesn’t last forever, and the more often you take your car out for a drive, the more the oil breaks down. This is why it’s so important to get an oil change every few months or about every 2,000 miles. But which oil should you use? Well, it depends on your vehicle. Here are a few types of oils most cars, trucks, vans and SUVs need to keep their engines running smoothly:
Conventional oil is the most affordable type of car oil you can buy. But while it costs less than other types of oils, it is also more susceptible to temperature changes. In heat, the oil thins out, and in colder temperatures, it thickens. Neither is good for your engine, but will suffice if need be. Conventional oil is also more likely to create sludge that can build up in your engine after it thickens or is contaminated.
Synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional, but it can stand strong in the face of fluctuating temperatures. It has better lubrication for your engine and has fewer impurities. This means it’s less likely to create sludge, thin during summer or thicken in winter. Because it is a better lubricant, the engine consumes less oil and it lasts longer than conventional.
If you want a synthetic blend for your car, you’ll get a combination of conventional and synthetic oils. These oils last longer than conventional oils, don’t break down as easily and can resist heat a little better. They’re also more affordable than fully synthetic oils, but aren’t as purified.
High-mileage Synthetic Blend
High-mileage synthetic blends are specifically for cars, trucks, SUVs and vans that have 75,000 miles or more, depending on how old your car is. Newer vehicles don’t need high-mileage synthetic blends until they have even more miles, but your Team Automotive ASE-technician can help you decide when to make the switch. These oils help prevent leaks and protect piston rings. High-mileage synthetics last longer than conventional oil and cost less than fully synthetic oil.