Month: January 2018
KNOW THE RISKS
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE IF LOW-QUALITY OR OFF-SPEC OILS ARE INSTALLED IN YOUR VEHICLE? – Motor oils meeting the latest ILSAC specification can help improve your car or truck’s fuel economy. Low-quality oils that don’t meet the latest spec could have the opposite effect and increase your fuel costs! $ – Oils that do not meet required specs can cause costly engine repairs and could ultimately void your vehicle’s engine warranty! – If major damage occurs from the use of motor oil that does not meet the manufacturer’s specifications and your warranty is voided, rebuilding or replacing your engine can cost you thousands of dollars! – Using low-quality oils can result in costly engine repairs and increased fuel consumption!
MOTOR OIL FOR 70 YEARS
Gasoline Engines The current and previous API Service Categories are listed here. Vehicle owners should refer to their owner’s manuals before consulting these charts. Oils may have more than one performance level. For automotive gasoline engines, the latest API Service Category includes the performance properties of each earlier category and can be used to service older engines where earlier category oils were recommended. SA – Obsolete – CAUTION: Contains no additives. Not suitable for use in engines built after 1930. Use in modern engines may cause unsatisfactory performance or equipment harm. SB – Obsolete – CAUTION: Not suitable for use in engines built after 1951. Use in more modern engines may cause unsatisfactory performance or equipment harm. SC – Obsolete – CAUTION: Not suitable for use in engines built after 1967. Use in more modern engines may cause unsatisfactory performance or equipment harm. SD – Obsolete – CAUTION: Not suitable for use in engines built after 1971. Use in more modern engines may cause unsatisfactory performance or equipment harm. SE – Obsolete – CAUTION: Not suitable for use in engines built after 1979. SF – Obsolete – CAUTION: Not suitable for use in engines built after 1988. […]
MOTOR OIL BASIC KNOWLEDGE
THE ROLE OF MOTOR OIL Modern motor oil is a highly specialized product carefully developed by engineers and chemists. An engine depends on the motor oil to permit easy starting, lubricate engine parts and prevent wear, reduce friction, protect against rust and corrosion, keep engine parts clean, minimize combustion chamber deposits, cool engine parts, and protect emissions systems. Motor oil circulates through your engine and collects many kinds of contaminants that cause engine wear and damage. The oil and the oil filter help remove these contaminants and periodically need to be changed. Check your owner’s manual to see which type of oil and oil filter are recommended for your vehicle’s engine.
CHANGING YOUR MOTOR OIL
CHANGING YOUR MOTOR OIL Your owner’s manual will tell you how often you should change your engine’s oil. If you need an oil change, it’s a simple task that is vital to the overall health of your vehicle’s engine. Your vehicle stores its motor oil in an oil pan typically bolted underneath the engine block. This oil pan is designed to hold a specific amount of oil, and it’s important to check the oil periodically to make sure the oil level is within the range recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Typically, this means you should keep the oil level between the MIN and MAX lines on the dipstick. If it’s low (below the MIN line on most dipsticks), then you should add oil as explained in your vehicle owner’s manual or maybe consider getting an oil change. Remember, oil level is important in an engine. Too much oil (above the MAX line) may cause parts of the crankshaft to dip into the oil and churn air into it, causing foaming/oil pressure fluctuation. Low oil levels (below the MIN line) […]