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How To Find The Right Oil For Your Car or Truck

When you get your oil changed, the choices can sometimes be overwhelming.

The next time that you need your oil changed, remember these tips to help make the process easier.

1) How Much Oil Does My Vehicle Need?

The size of your engine will dictate the amount of oil that you need.  Bigger engines require more oil to fill them.  This could greatly affect your choice of oil.  Most oil changes include up to five quarts of oil.  If your vehicle requires more than that, it could greatly increase the price, especially if the oil is expensive.

2) Which Oil is Best for My Engine?

The grade of oil is the first number that is listed when talking about oil.   It goes up to 70.  This number can also be called the oil weight.  Common oil grades are 5W-30, 10W-20, and 20W-30.  The “W” lets you know that that oil meets low-temperature standards.  The second number is the motor oil viscosity and will be 10, 20 or 30.  The best viscosity for your engine will depend on its type and will be listed in your owner’s manual.

3) Should I Get Conventional or Semi/Full Synthetic Oil?

Depending on the age of your vehicle or type of engine, semi or full synthetic oil could be recommended.  Most vehicles that have more than 75,000 miles should be using a special high-mileage blend, which is usually semi-synthetic.  Certain performance engines require full synthetic oil.  You should be able to find this information in your owner’s manual.  Be aware that full synthetic can cost up to three times as much as conventional oil and semi-synthetic will also be more (but not as much as full synthetic).

Knowing the type of oil that is best for your engine can help you save money and keep it running smoothly.  This will increase its efficiency and help it last longer.

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