Picking the right engine oil for your car is like picking the right shoe for your feet. If it’s the wrong size, you might not be able to work properly. Just like picking shoes, we know picking the right engine oil can be a difficult task especially when like the most of us, engine oil is just another foreign language. Luckily for you, we have simplified the choices.
Types of Oil
There are 4 basic types of oil:
Generally made for vehicles that need high level performance and lubrication. Simply put, it is made for a vehicle that is hi-tech. It lets your car perform at its most efficient. The only problem is that it is so expensive. So unless you are driving the new Mercedes or an Audi TT (or any car of the same category) there isn’t a need to go full synthetic.
If you live in a climate with extreme conditions (not Malaysia just yet), or use your vehicle for heavy work like towing another car or your car has a very old engine, you might benefit from using this type of engine oil.
Synthetic Blend (Semi-Synthetic)
The name says it all. This oil gives you an almost similar function as the fully synthetic oil at a lower price. With a mixture of synthetic, conventional base oils and some additives this oil will make it easy for those who are making the switch from conventional to synthetic oil. In other words, you get to give your car engine a top-notch care without having to sell your kidney for the bill.
You don’t know it yet but you might have been using this oil more often than you think. This is the most common engine oil there is out there and it fits about just any light-duty vehicle there is on the road. So yes, it is used by the Peroduas and Protons on the road at the moment. This engine oil though needs to be changed regularly and by regularly we mean at least twice a year – depending on how often you drive.
High Mileage Oil
This oil is specifically designed for cars with more than 75,000 miles on the odometer – that is approximately about 120,000km. This type of oil helps to reduce oil consumption, minimize leaks and oil seepage, and reduce smoke and emissions that is more common in older engines. It’s also worth mentioning that this type of oil is cheaper than the fully synthetic so those who have an older car with higher mileage will appreciate it.