Posted on Apr 5, 2012 in Automobiles
I have heard different things about the best kind of oil to use in my car. Where can I find the real deal about it?
This may sound like a silly idea, but stick with me: Open your glovebox, dig under the napkins and the 5 years of expired insurance and registration slips, and pull out the owners manual. Look under “Oil” in the index. Should be in there.
All kidding aside, that’s just one of many options. If your car is a little older, the “best” choice may have changed as oil technology has improved. For example, BMW originally shipped my (1998) car from the factory with 15w40 (check out this link for more info on how to decipher those numbers), but now recommends 5w30 or 5w40. Does that mean following the manual is bad? No, of course not. But how to find out what’s best?
Here are some ideas:
The most important thing — no matter what exact weight of oil you choose — is to use a quality, name brand oil and filter, and change them both regularly. Every 3000 miles? Probably not. 5000-7500 miles is fine for most modern cars in average driving. That, along with other regular maintenance, is sure to keep you motoring happily for many years.
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