What kind of oil does my car take?

One of the most popular questions we get is “What kind of oil does my car take?”. In order to answer this question you have to understand two different things about car oil. The first thing you need to understand is that there are three different types of motor oil out there; conventional , synthetic blend and full synthetic. Once you find out the type of oil that is needed for you car then you need to drill down and find out the oil viscosity needed for your particular car. In this article we hope to give you a better understanding about oil viscosity and the different types of oil out there.

Conventional, Synthetic Blend, or Full Synthetic?

If you look at the oil change prices on our website you will notice that most oil change service centers differentiate their oil change prices based on the type of oil that will be used when performing oil change on your vehicle. So how do you know which type oil is required for your car? General rule is this, if the car is a luxury or sports car you will need the most expensive oil which is full synthetic. If you have an older car that has over 75 000 miles , you will need Synthetic Blend and any other vehicle that doesn’t fall in the two mentioned categories will generally be fine with Conventional oil. Also please note that all cars can use full synthetic oil but not all cars can use ,the cheaper option,conventional oil. So why would someone with a car that is not required to use full synthetic want to pay more for full synthetic oil change. You would do this for two reasons, first full synthetic oil is better option for any car and  full synthetic oil lasts longer so you don’t have to visit oil change service centers as often as you normally would with conventional oil change. If you would like to learn more about the different types of motor oil click here.   Please note: lately many new non luxury/sports manufacturers have started recommending full synthetic oil for their cars so the best/safest way to find out which type of oil is required for your car is to check your cars manual.

Motor Oil Viscosity Grades

SAE 40, 5w-30, 20-W50, 15W-40…. i am sure you have seen similar numbers if you ever bothered to look at the motor oil options at your local auto parts center. These numbers represent oil viscosity which in layman term means oils resistance to flow. The thicker the oil the higher viscosity and the slower it will flow.I know what you are thinking yah yah that’s great information but what kind of oil does my car take? If you plan on taking your car to a oil change service center they will know the oil viscosity needed for your car. If you plan on doing the oil change yourself then best and safest way to find oil viscosity for your car is to look at your cars manual. If you don’t have your car manual in front of you , you can always google your car’s year , make, and model oil type and viscosity; For example typing “2006 Honda accord oil type and viscosity” in google will give you results on which oil type and oil viscosity is needed for your 2006 Honda Accord. Finally, if you plan on buying oil at local auto parts store they will have thick books where you can look through them and find the year, make , and model of your car in the book and it will tell you exactly the viscosity of oil that is needed for your car.

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