Engine oil matters

Why engine oil matters to you and your vehicle

Think of vehicle maintenance and an oil change is probably the first thing that comes to mind. We all know that low oil levels and overused engine oil are to be avoided.

What makes engine oil so important?

How do I choose the right oil for my vehicle?

A range of engine oil types have evolved to address the specific needs of different engine types. They’re classed as either conventional, semi-synthetic, or full synthetic oils.

If you’re unsure which one your engine uses, it’s best to check your owner’s guide recommendations. But whatever the OEM suggestion, it’s helpful to know the differences.

  • If your vehicle runs on conventional oils you will need to change your engine oil more frequently. That’s because this type of oil has a lower resistance to heat and oxidation.
  • This resistance is higher in full synthetic oils, which last up to twice as long between oil changes. Better anti-friction properties, engine responsiveness and fuel economy also help extend the life of your engine.
  • Semi-synthetic oils are a blend of conventional and synthetic oils that achieve higher levels of performance than from conventional oil alone.

Learn more about choosing the right oil for your car

Like almost everything else, your engine oil has a lifespan. Over time, the oil begins to degrade and lose its effectiveness. Without regular checks, it’s less likely that your oil will be changed before it stops providing adequate protection.

Sure, but why does engine oil deteriorate?

What does it mean when the oil light comes on?

Typically, your oil light will turn on when the engine has lost oil pressure. This could be caused by a number of factors.

Your engine’s oil pump could have failed, oil levels could be low due to consumption or leakage, the oil may have become too thin, or the oil pressure sending unit may be malfunctioning.

If the light comes on when at speed, do your best to pull over as soon as possible and shut off the engine in order to avoid irreparable damage or excessive engine wear.

To avoid seeing the oil light blink at all, keep your vehicle running in the best condition possible, remember to regularly check and top up the engine oil.

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