Mhmm which engine oil should I use for my Myvi? Buy at supermarket enough or should I joli a bit buy at premium store lah?
With the amount of options out there, choosing the “right” oil for your car can be a daunting task. While Mr Google have mountain of infos to answer your questions, the first step is honestly quite simple: Look into the car manual.
Your car’s owner manual will list the recommended oil weight, types or even brands oddly sometimes. However, as simple as it sounds, it’s beneficial for you to understand on the basic of engine oil especially if you’re the type that planning on passing down your car to your anak-anak, grandson (assuming you don’t drive like baby driver). So let’s find out what are the basic knowledge when it comes to choosing an engine oil:
Make sure is tested & certified
Assuming you have gotten the recommended engine oil weights from your car’s manual, choosing a reliable brand is equally important to the recommended weights. A tested & certified brand that commonly found in reliable brands indicates that the brands have went through a standard and latest testing process from the latest series of environmental impact check, engine test & chemical test in the laboratory by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). This little API donut label can commonly be found on the front of the oil bottle.
Understand the label & consider your environment
The label such as 5W-30 is the viscosity of the fluid’s resistance to flow rated at zero degrees. “W” represent for winter or cold temperature and 30 is the viscosity rating or thickness of the fluid. At low temperature, oil has to be resistant to thickening so that it flows efficiently. If the oil is too thick, the engine requires more energy hence leads to less fuel-efficient. If it’s too thin, the parts may be harmed by the less protective fluid. On top, is also crucial to consider the climate or environment you’re living in. Therefore, what’s important is for you to use the oil viscosity in your car’s manual recommendation.
Semi vs fully synthetic
Fully-Synthetic: These oils are made for high-performance engine or high tech engine like those with auto start-stop function. Generally, these oils were made to have superior, longer-lasting performance in terms of consistency and higher index of protection against deposits. They also flow better at low temperature and maintain peak viscosity at high temperatures. However, these oils are also more expensive and in most situation, not every engine needs them.
Semi-Synthetic: These are oils are generally made for the newer engine and generally is cheaper than fully synthetic oil as they are a mixture of synthetic and mineral oil. It offer superior performance than standard mineral oil in the area of consistency and protection.
Oil additives, is it necessary?
Often packaged together with engine oil is the additives such as antiwear, friction modifiers, detergents and more. These additives is added in to provide assist in maintaining good lubrication but they also help to minimize sludge and any damage from their formation. However, less is more. In fact, too much can make things worse for your car. In the first place, if the engine oil were tested and certified there is no need for too much of additional additive to deliver optimum performance.
Don’t leave out the filter
No matter how good the engine oil is, it will always leave a deposit left behind from the contact with inner parts of your engine as it circulates. Therefore, a good oil filter comes in place in making sure no unwanted deposit from harming your car engines. Same as the engine oil, refer to your car’s manual book for the recommendation.
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