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01/09/2017
Have you ever wondered how much you really know about your motor oil? This post can help you understand the truth behind common motor oil myths so that you can keep your engine well protected for longer.

The Truth Behind Common Motor Oil Myths

If you're often left wondering how true some common motor oil myths are, we can help you uncover the truth behind them.

Myth: Oil Must Be Changed Every 3,000 Miles or Three Months

Truth: Although this is commonly believed, there is no across the board oil change interval for all vehicles. Contrary to what this myth says, oil change intervals will depend on quite a few factors. The type of oil you use, the amount of driving you do, and even the conditions you drive in will all affect how often you should change your oil. There are a few ways to know when to change you oil. First off, follow the manufacturer's recommendations when it comes to the type of oil you use and how often you change it. If you have a newer model vehicle, you most likely also have an oil life monitor. This will alert you when you need to have your oil changed. The type of oil you use will also affect how often you need it changed. For example, one of the benefits of using a synthetic oil is that it will last much longer than a conventional oil. If you're looking for a great synthetic oil for your vehicle, check out AMSOIL's Signature Series Motor Oil which can last up to 25,000 miles or a year.

Myth: Oil Must Be Replaced When It Turns Black

Truth: Oil should be changed when it is quite dirt and no longer able to perform its job well, not necessarily when it has turned black. Although your oil is more of an amber color when it is first changed, it will start to get darker as it performs its functions. When you think about it, this makes a lot of sense. Your oil is responsible for keeping your engine clean and trapping contaminants that can cause damage to your engine among many other duties. So, if your oil starts to get darker, this simply means its doing its job. Once your oil is dark and quite dirty, then it's time for an oil change.

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Myth: Once You Use a Synthetic Oil You Can't Go Back to Conventional Oil

Truth: There is nothing bad about switching from a conventional oil to a synthetic oil or the other way around. Many people are hesitant about giving synthetic oils a try because they're afraid they won't be able to go back to a conventional oil if they're unsatisfied. However, this is simply not true. You can even alternate between these oils without causing any type of engine damage. As long as you use the correct oil for your engine and stick to the manufacturer's recommendations, your engine should be fine. However, the benefits you get from a synthetic oil may make you want to use a synthetic oil for life.

Myth: Synthetic Oil Causes Leaks

Truth: Synthetic oils don't cause leaks, but they may help you find leaks that already existed. In the 1970's when synthetic oils were first introduced, they were known to cause leaks because they often caused seals in the engine to shrink. However, over time synthetic oils have improved and no longer cause these types of issues. Some vehicle owners may notice leaks after switching from a conventional oil to a synthetic oil, but these aren't new. Conventional oils may have caused gunk and buildup to cover leaks in the seals or other areas of your engine. Changing to a synthetic oil means your engine will be cleaner because of its superior cleansing properties. What this means is that a synthetic oil can clean away the buildup that was left behind by a conventional oil, exposing leaks that had been there all along.

Myth: You Don't Have to Change Your Oil Filter Along with Your Oil

Truth: Although you can change your oil and keep your old filter, this is a bad idea. Your oil and oil filter work together to keep your engine clean by removing and trapping buildup and other contaminants that can damage your engine. As they get older, they also get dirty and need to be replaced. If you replace your oil and keep your old filter, you will be exposing your new oil to all the gunk in your oil filter. This means your oil will get contaminated faster and your oil filter won't be able to perform as well as if it was new. It is highly recommended that you get both changed at the same time for the best results.

Get a Synthetic Oil Change in Frederick

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