Engines provide lots of power for your entire vehicle. Without an engine, your car would be useless. All of the moving parts in your engine are lubricated by oil. This lubrication allows the engine to operate without overheating or creating so much friction that the entire engine seizes. Oil has been used in engines since the very beginning, but it wasn’t always regulated and uniform like it is today.
One of the most common vehicle services you will have to perform on your vehicle is an oil change. There are various types of engine oil, each designed to perform to a set of specific standards. Gary’s Automotive is here to make sense of the world of motor oil and to help you save more on each Ottawa oil change!
Why Do I Need An Oil Change?
Your engines oil is responsible for both cooling and lubricating the moving parts in your engine. While engine oil is designed to make engine operation run smooth, tiny pieces of metal and other contaminants will still find your way into your oil. Over time these contaminants can add up, leading to dirty engine oil that no longer performs as intended.
Due to the high heat your engine is exposed to, your engine oil will also wear out over time. The most important factor in engine oil is the viscosity (or how thick or thin the oil is). Viscosity will be affected by time and heat, so the longer you leave you roil unchanged, the less effective it is.
Oil is literally designed to wear out, so of course it will need to be changed. The exact frequency of an oil change is the subject of some debate, but it’s generally safe to book an oil change every 5000km. In replacing a vehicle’s oil, the oil filter is replaced as well. The filter is where any large contaminants in the oil would be caught.
What Oil Is Right For Me?
When you book an oil change, you’ll have a couple of options. The major options are choosing between conventional and synthetic oils. Conventional oil is normally much cheaper than synthetic oil, but when it comes to automotive oil, you get what you pay for.
Conventional oil is affordable, yet for Ottawa it might not make the most sense. One of the major factors that goes into choosing the right oil your environmental temperature. The biggest benefit for conventional oil is the price. If you have an older vehicle that has a lot of kilometres on it, then suddenly switching to synthetic oil isn’t worth the extra cost. In any other situation, synthetic oil is superior to conventional oil.
Synthetic oil is produced through a series of chemicals to create an oil that offers better friction coefficient (it’s more slippery), longevity, and quality than conventional oil. Getting synthetic oil is more expensive, but your engine will more than thank you for it in the long run.
You may notice vehicles run on different oils, specified by a number and the letter W. For example, a 2015 Toyota Corolla uses oil rated 0W-20. What does this mean?
0W – This section refers to the fact that the oil was tested under cold conditions as well as hot conditions. Oil is generally test at 100°C and given a viscosity rating. The 0W refers to the coldest possible temperature the oil can maintain its proper viscosity. 0W means -30°C, up to 25W at -5°C.
20 – The 20 in this label refers to just how viscous the oil is. 20 is a rating that was given to the oil based on how fast it was able to flow through an opening. The higher this number, the more viscous the oil is. The ratings range from 20 to 60.
This lets us know that the 0w-20 oil found in the 2015 Toyota Corolla has the same viscosity at -35°C as it does at 100°C, and that the oil has a low viscosity. While it may make sense to simply get the lowest w ratings possible, different engines are designed to run on different types of oil. The Ford F150 uses 5W-20 motor oil, and some Porsche engines use 0W-40 and 5W-30 oils.
Booking An Oil Change
Now that you know why you need to change your oil and what kind to look for, the only thing left is booking the change. As mentioned before, there has been some debate over the optimal frequency of oil changes. Given the important role that Oil plays in maintaining your vehicle, erring on the side of caution for oil changes is recommended. Using regularly scheduled oil changes as reminders to examine other parts of your car is also a good idea, as with any vehicle system, preventative maintenance is always better than dealing with a sudden emergency. When you need an oil change, book with Gary’s!
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