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06/08/2017
This post can help you learn all about the different types of engine oils so that you next oil change doesn't leave you feeling overwhelmed by your choices.

Learn How to Choose the Right Oil for Your Vehicle

Going in for an oil change can be a bit stressful even though you're not doing the work yourself. Simply choosing the right type of oil for your engine can be intimidating. The information provided in this post will help you show up to your next oil change more prepared and in control.

The Main Types of Engine Oil

  • Conventional motor oil: This type of engine oil is probably the most well known type because it tends to be the cheapest option. It's often used by car dealerships and is what you can expect to be in a new car. The reason this option tends to be the most affordable is because it doesn't offer much beyond meeting API requirements. This means it doesn't come with an impressive additive package that will offer your engine better protection and efficiency.
  • Synthetic motor oil: Synthetic oil differs from conventional oil in many ways, including in the way it's made. Synthetic oil is more carefully crafted to ensure better stability and better performance overall. Synthetic oils include additive packages that can protect your engine from deposits, reduce friction, and avoid evaporating even in the hottest of conditions. Whether your car is operating in freezing temperatures or scorching conditions, you can be sure a synthetic oil will keep it running smoothly and efficiently. AMSOIL's Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil is a great synthetic oil for just about any gas powered engine.
  • Synthetic blend: A synthetic blend combines the properties of conventional and synthetic oil. While it does offer some of the advantages of a synthetic oil, it doesn't offer them all For this reason, this type of oil is less pricey than a full synthetic oil.
  • High mileage oil: The need for high mileage oil is the result of engines being made to last longer. Although engines are now being made to withstand a higher accumulation of miles, this doesn't mean they can survive using standard engine oil. High mileage oil is designed to provide the specific protection these engines need to ensure they last even longer. This type of oil generally includes seal conditioners to prevent leaks, anti wear additives to keep your engine in better shape, and other properties that reduce friction and deposits in your engine.
Before getting your next oil change, be sure to consider making it a full synthetic oil change. To find the perfect AMSOIL synthetic oil for your engine, contact the experts at ALF Marketing. Call them at (301) 416-0575 for tips and recommendations that can help make your choice easier. Be sure to ask about their Signature Series 0W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil for your gas engine. You can also stop by their online shop where you can find a full range of the best AMSOIL products.

Diesel Engine Oil

It may sound obvious to some, but it's worth clarifying that diesel engines do require their own specific type of motor oil. Diesel engines work through conditions much different than those of a gas engine. For this reason, they need an oil that will keep them protected in these specific situations. These engines perform under extreme heat and pressure which means they may need their oil changed more often. They also need more additives per volume as compared to gas engines. If you're not sure how to tell the difference between a diesel engine oil and a gas engine oil, check the API donut on the label. If it includes an S (service or spark ignition) then it's for a gas engine. A C (commercial or compression ignition) means it's designed for a diesel engine. Check out AMSOIL's full range of of synthetic oils for your diesel powered engine.

A Word About Additive Packages

The additive package included in your oil is there to offer superior engine protection. With that said, more additives don't necessarily make the oil better. It's generally best to stick with what is already in your oil rather than try and add to it. Some additives are included in just the right amount to offer your engine benefits. If you were to add to them, they may actually become detrimental for other parts of your vehicle. For example, some anti wear additives in higher doses can actually damage your catalytic converter over time. Some of the mosts common additives included in engine oil include detergents, anti wear properties, and frictions modifiers. Do your research on the oil you're considering and the additives it includes before making your final choice.

Get a Synthetic Oil Change in Hagerstown

Before getting your next oil change, be sure to contact ALF Marketing for even more tips and recommendations. Give them a call them at (301) 416-0575 or visit their online shop to learn more about their products.
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