How to Top Up Engine Oil

?Topping up your engine oil is a necessary component of regular car maintenance. Between oil changes, your engine must have an adequate amount of oil in order to function properly. In this video, we outline a few simple steps you can take to top up your engine oil.

Here are a few other things you should know:

What the Oil Names Mean
The nomenclature for engine oil is like so: #W-##.

The number before the W is related to the oil's flow at -17.8 degrees Celsius. The higher the number, the more it thickens in the cold, and vice versa. For example, 0W-30 would thicken less in the cold while 5W-30 would thicken more. Cars in colder climates typically need 0W or 5W viscosity. Cars in hotter climates would need something even higher so it doesn't thin out.

Next, the W means winter, so, for example, 5W will mean the oil has a viscosity level of 5 at cold temperatures.

The two digits following the W are related to the oil's viscosity at 100 degrees Celsius. This number indicates the oil's ability to thin at higher temperatures. For example, 0W-20 will thin out faster than 0W-30. Most times, manufacturers will recommend several or a range of different oils to use depending on the conditions.

Different Types of Oil
Oils are meant to keep all the different parts of an engine lubricated so they don't grind against each other, which is unwanted friction. Engine oil also helps to cool the engine and prevent corrosion. So, now that we know the naming conventions, it's time to move on to the different types of oil.

There's synthetic, synthetic blends, high-mileage, and conventional motor oils on the market.

• Synthetic oils are engineered and tailor-made to suit various engines to again protect them and keep the engine running smoothly. While synthetic engine oils can be more expensive, they are carefully created for maximum results to reduce engine wear.
• Synthetic blends are a mix of synthetic and mineral oils.
• High mileage oils are designed, as you may have guessed, for cars with higher mileage. This type of oil is designed to work best for engines with many more kilometres on them.
• Conventional oils are another alternative used in more economical cars.

For more information, visit your Dilawri dealership.
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