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Why Is It Important to Choose the Right Oil for Your Engine?

Oil is one of the most important fluids in your vehicle. It lubricates your engine’s components, cleans out debris, and serves as a coolant. By keeping your oil clean and topped-up, you will help increase your fuel efficiency and keep your engine running longer.

Oil changes should be performed once every 5,000-10,000km (or based on your manufacturer’s recommendations) but it is also important to check your oil regularly to ensure it is clean and is above the bottom line of your dipstick.

Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will advise on the correct oil for your vehicle. It is important that you use the correct oil based on your manufacturer’s recommendations. It will give you guidelines for the following elements:

1. Viscosity – This determines the speed at which the oil flows. The higher the viscosity, the slower the oil will flow. Most newer engines require a light viscosity with a higher flow.

2. Type of Oil – There are three main types of oil: mineral oil, full synthetic oil, and semi-synthetic oil.
a. Mineral oil generally needs to be replaced every 5,000km and has low resistance to heat and oxidation.
b. Full synthetic oil generally needs to be replaced every 10,000km and has higher resistance to heat and oxidation.
c. Semi-synthetic oil is a blend of both and is less commonly used.

3. OEM Specifications and Certifications – Not all brands of oil are created equal. Be sure that your oil adheres to OEM specifications and has been certified.

If you are ever in doubt of which oil to use for your vehicle, consult with your trusted Tirecraft service advisors and they will find the right oil for you.

You can book your oil change today at your nearest Tirecraft location.

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