The best recommendation comes in writing from your car’s manufacturer, and the best place to look is in your owner’s manual.
If you don’t have an owner’s manual and your car is less than 4 years old, try looking on the manufacturer’s website. You can usually download the owner’s manual there.
You can also try our oil search function, where we can always recommend an oil for you on the basis of your car’s basic information.
Once again, the best recommendation comes from the manufacturer. We recommend that you look for this information in the owner’s manual.
You can also use our oil search function. Before deciding, read the information below so that you can make a better decision.
1. What kind of oil do you use or are you going to use? There are two kinds of oil: mineral and synthetic. Mineral oils are basically oils obtained from the normal petroleum distillation process. A mineral oil is made up of two primary elements: a base stock oil (which is the “virgin” lubricant obtained from petroleum distillation), and a special formula of enhancement additives, which is what gives the oil its duration qualities, its capacity to disperse impurities, etc.
Synthetic oils, due to their origin, offer better protection over longer periods of time; some perform well for up to 6900 miles (11,000 kilometers). When you use a synthetic oil, make sure to ask for a long-acting oil filter since ordinary filters are designed for more frequent oil changes. Obviously the prolonged duration that synthetic oil offers makes it more expensive, but you will protect your car better.
2. How do you use your car? Oil is a component that protects against friction, dissipates heat, and keeps residues away from the combustion process. A car driven under very dusty conditions (think dirt roads), at high temperatures (extreme weather) and/or in very wet conditions (places with a lot of rain) will demand more frequent oil changes because the oil has to work harder, which means that its properties degrade faster.
Another factor is how much you use it (how many miles you drive) and under what conditions: it’s not the same to drive 60 miles (100 kilometers) on the highway with minimal braking as to drive in a crowded city. If your car is less than 5 years old and you drive under extreme city conditions, we recommend that you change your oil every 3750 to 4400 miles (6000 to 7000 kilometers).
To answer this question it’s important to know that the “dipstick” (that long metal baton you use to check the oil) measures the amount of oil in the oil pan or sump. It’s also important to know that the oil in your car flows to many parts of the engine. When the car is cold, most of the oil is located in the oil pan or sump. When the car is hot or has been driven a few miles, the oil is circulating throughout the engine, which reduces the amount in the oil pan or sump.
This explains why checking the oil in a hot engine or after it has run a few miles will give the impression that the oil is low.
No. Apparent viscosity, which is how thick the oil seems to your unaided senses, is not a relevant feature when it comes to protection.
The basic purpose of antifreeze is to keep the engine’s cooling system from freezing and to dissipate high temperatures. That’s why it’s more precise to call it antifreeze / coolant. Over time and with use, antifreeze loses its properties, which means it’s important to change it at least every 2 years.