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Engine oil plays a critical role in the longevity of the life of your vehicle’s engine.

The engine is the heart of the car and it needs to be kept healthy to ensure your vehicle’s longevity. The motor oil in your engine is the lifeblood of your automobile. As your engine runs, the oil breaks down, causing it to lose some of its friction-reducing properties and making it less effective. Moreover, it will pick up foreign particles, dirt, and, over time, will become a sludge-like substance.

The Importance of Proper ​Engine Lubrication

The internal moving components of your car engine require proper lubrication at all times to work efficiently. Engine lubrication is used to minimize friction. Incorrect lubrication will generate unnecessary friction that leads to an increased amount of heat, causing the parts to wear out faster, eventually resulting in the need for costly repairs.

Types of Motor Oil

Simply put, engine oils are formulated by blending base oils and additives to achieve the desired performance of the engine. However, engines have different performance expectations and characteristics resulting in oil companies manufacturing multiple types of oils. There are five general types of motor oil:

  • Conventional
  • Full Synthetic
  • Synthetic Blend
  • High Mileage
  • Diesel

At Autopractor, we carry all five types of motor oil as well as different viscosities for each type of oil.

Conventional Motor Oil

Conventional motor oil is a very common type of oil and is derived directly from crude oil. Typically, light-duty cars with average or low mileage utilize this oil. If your vehicle takes conventional oil, we recommend getting it changed every 3,000 miles.

Full Synthetic Motor Oil

Full synthetic motor oil is typically for higher-performing engines. This oil resists breaking down, can withstand higher temperatures, and more effectively flows at colder temperatures. Many European car manufacturers have been using full synthetic oil in their vehicles for well over a decade. Many of the mainstream domestic car manufacturers are also starting to prefer this type of motor oil. Typical full synthetic oil change intervals are between 7,500 to 10,000 miles.

Synthetic Blend Motor Oil

Synthetic blend motor oil is often said to be the best of both worlds between conventional and full synthetic motor oils. While full synthetic is the best choice when it comes to protecting the engine and ensuring the oil will not breakdown too far between oil changes, synthetically-blended oil is more cost-effective and is a superior alternative to conventional motor oil.

High Mileage Motor Oil

High mileage motor oils are developed with ingredients such as seal conditioners, detergents, and additives to help minimize wear as well as to reduce or even eliminate seepage or seal leaks.

Diesel Motor Oil

Diesel motor oil is intended for use only in diesel engines. The major differences between diesel motor oil and standard motor oil are the additives and the viscosities. You can NOT use diesel motor oil in a gasoline engine without damaging it and causing your car to seize up after all of the conventional oil that was left in the fuel line has been burned up.

Checking Your ​Oil Level

Your car’s engine oil resides in the oil pan which is bolted under the engine. The dipstick – which typically has a yellow looped handle – extends into the oil pan to indicate the level of oil in the engine. The maximum and minimum engine oil level is specified by the limits of the crosshatch pattern near the bottom of the dipstick. Too much oil or not enough will be problematic for the engine.

Too little oil in the engine and you risk there not being enough for proper lubrication.  Too much oil and the excess oil will be pulled up into the spinning crankshaft. As a result, the oil will get aerated and have a foaming effect which will lower the oil pressure as the oil pump will be unable to effectively perform, which can cause the excess oil to ruin the seals and gaskets.

Oil does break down as the engine runs so it is strongly recommended the oil level be checked periodically.  Depending on your vehicle, you may need to top off your oil between scheduled oil changes to keep it above the manufacturer’s recommended minimum level.

Oil Filters

The oil filter removes tiny particles and contaminants from your oil. Without oil filters, the motor oil would become saturated with the impurities that can accelerate the wear on the surfaces and components of your engine.

The oil filter shall be changed during every oil change service. The filter itself is a pleated heavy paper medium. Once the filter is saturated with impurities, then the oil bypasses the filter during circulation, no longer filtering out any additional foreign particles and contaminants.

Our Services

Below are some of the many auto repair services we offer:

  • Timing Chain Repairs
  • Tire & Wheel Sales
  • Transfer Case Service
  • Transmission Services
  • Tune-Ups & Inspections
  • Windshield Wiper Replacements
  • And more!

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We Service Most Makes and Models

Below are many of the manufacturers we service:

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mini
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Oldsmobile
  • Pontiac
  • Ram
  • Saab
  • Saturn
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo