What are you putting into your car?
Whilst many of us carefully consider what food and drink we put into our bodies, the same attitude is yet to be reflected by car owner. A recent study shows that only 4 percent of drivers decide what oil goes into their cars, with the vast majority leaving the decision to their mechanic. Two thirds are also unaware of the brand of engine oil that is recommended by their vehicle’s manufacturer.
Choosing the right engine oil is vital in terms of protection. Conventional oil is simply refined crude oil. Synthetic oil, however, is not only refined, but it is also distilled and purified. This provides increased protection against the elements, such as wear, high heat, cold weather and engine sludge. This process helps your car’s engine run better for longer.
Tim Shallcross, Head of Technical Policy at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said “Engine oil works in the harshest of conditions. It must keep lubricating, cooling and cleaning your engine whilst constantly being hammered by huge pressures and exposed to temperatures ranging from the sub zero of a mid-winter cold start to the searing heat of the combustion chamber. Manufactures know the demand placed on the oil which is why their are so specific in the grade and quality of oil they and recommend.”
Like manufacturers, reputable garages also appreciate the importance of using the recommended grade and quality of oil, which is why we always use recommended oil regardless of it being requested or not.