There are two basic kinds of engine oil to choose from. Mineral oil is usually a lubricant oil product, derived from natural gas, like diesel. Synthetic oil is created in a lab, rather than from the oils found in cars. There are also hybrid blends that blend both synthetic oil types with other kinds. Here’s how each kind of engine oil compares with the others.
Changing Engine Oil
Changing engine oil involves removing the old one and replacing it with the new one. This usually isn’t something most people want to do unless they know the engine oil has an issue that needs to be addressed. If you have a worn-out or even a seriously damaged valve stem, it may not be possible for you to change the engine oil without changing the entire engine. But that’s another topic! For this article, we’ll just look at the basics.
You might notice a small metallic blemish or rust on one of the moving parts of your engine. This is called a valve stem and it’s the one causing the engine oil light to come on. The good news is that it’s fairly easy to fix. Most engine oil kits contain some type of sealant so that when you’re ready to put the engine oil in, you can simply add the sealant and let it do its work. If you’ve got a serious engine problem or something very serious (like the engine just overheats), you may need to use an engine oil stabilizer or engine oil heat exchangers to help with keeping the engine oil in place.
Another reason why you might want to change your engine oil now is that your engine oil weight is getting higher as time goes on. As you drive, the engine oil weighs more and makes your engine work harder to get that engine oil weight off. Not only does this make your engine work harder (which is bad if you’re using the engine to commute to work), but it also increases the amount of wear and tears on your engine. If your engine oil weight is getting higher, the engine won’t be able to take off that much oil weight fast enough to prevent overheating and eventually burning out your engine. If you’re driving a long distance every day, changing your engine oil now can save you a lot of money down the road.
Finally, changing your engine oil can also help your engine to last that much longer. If your engine oil light goes on, it’s time to change your engine oil! The gasket (the vacuum-sealed plastic part at the bottom of your engine) is where the engine oil will go. If there is a gasket leak, the oil can soak into the engine quickly and possibly damage the engine permanently. This is especially true if you have a worn gasket at the top of the engine (like it was coming apart on your car).
Why It’s Important
So how does all of this have anything to do with improved engine oil economy? Well, engine oil plays an important part in getting the engine oil level correct. As the engine oil level falls, the engine oil pressure falls, which means the engine oil loses its viscosity and effectiveness. As the engine oil loses its viscosity and effectiveness, your engine oil burns and the engine oil filter suffer too – both can lead to premature engine failure. This is one of the reasons that it is so important to change your engine oil as soon as possible.
So how can you tell if you need an engine oil change or just check your oil? The easiest way to check your oil is to pull it out and start your engine. The oil will show up on the passenger side floor near the engine oil control valve. If you don’t see any oil on the floor, then you should check your engine oil and fluid levels. If you see a noticeable amount of oil on the floor but it’s noticeably thin, then you probably only need to change your engine oil or inspect your fluid levels.
Apart from engine oil, your engine oil light should also go on when you start to see small leaks on the dipstick. The reason why the light comes on is that the engine oil pressure is very low and the engine has to work harder to maintain the same oil pressure. If the light goes on, then you need to either increase the engine oil pressure or have a new dipstick drawn. You should also check your oil and dipstick for small punctures.