How Do You Know What Kind Of Oil Your Car Needs??

There’s no substitute for reading your owner’s manual.

It will list what type of oil the automaker recommends for your car.

It may also recommend different oil depending on whether you live in a hot or cold climate.

The most important thing is to use oil that’s the right thickness, or viscosity, for your car’s engine.

What is the best oil for your car?

The Best Synthetic Oil

  • Mobil 1 120764 Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-30.
  • Valvoline 0W-20 SynPower Full Synthetic Motor Oil-5qt (813460)
  • Pennzoil 550046122 Platinum 5W-20 Full Synthetic Motor Oil.
  • Shell ROTELLA Full Synthetic Diesel Engine Oil.
  • Royal Purple High Performance Synthetic Motor Oil.

Does my car need synthetic oil?

Typically, high-performance vehicles will be more likely to require synthetic oil, as will vehicles that have a turbocharged or supercharged engine. However, if the automaker for your vehicle does not require synthetic oil for your engine, the oil choice is trickier — and there is no clear answer.

Which oil is better 5w30 or 10w30?

When to Use 10w30 vs 5w30

The only difference between these two oils is cold flow ability: a 10w30 oil will move slower than a 5w30 oil during cold startups. At operating temperatures, both oils will have the same viscosity (30) and will flow and protect identically.

What happens if you put the wrong oil in your car?

Motor oil slip-ups.

The brand of motor oil matters little, but its viscosity grade (10W-30, for example) is important. Use only what the owner’s manual specifies. Using the wrong oil can lead to reduced lubrication and shorter engine life. If the manual says to use synthetic oil, do so.

What is the best oil to use in the winter?

An example is 5W30—the “W” stands for winter and the oil’s cold weather rating. The lower the W number, the better the oil will perform in colder temperatures. Typically, a 5W oil is recommended for winter use, but synthetic oils can be formulated to flow even more easily when cold.

Is full synthetic oil worth it?

Because synthetic oil is better on your engine and has fewer impurities, it can go longer than conventional oils or synthetic blends. Turbo engines and older cars may still require oil changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Synthetic oil change intervals range 10,000-15,000 miles or once a year (whatever comes first).

Can I drive my car with 0 Oil life?

It is important not to wait to have your vehicle serviced, especially once the indicator reads 0% oil life. GM recommends that an oil change should be completed within two fuel tank fill-ups from when the first message was displayed, or within 600 miles.

Can I use 10w40 instead of 5w30?

Your vehicle does not use 5W-30 oil. The recommended oil viscosity for your vehicle, according to Kia documentation, is 10W-40. If you drive the vehicle in exceptionally cold weather, well below 32 degrees, you can use 5W-30 oil but even 10W-40 is still perfectly OK to use if outdoor temperatures are below freezing.

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