Figuring Out the Best Motor Oil for Your Automobile

It can be a bit confusing figuring out the best motor oil for your car, truck, or utility vehicle. Many people swear by synthetic oil, yet others tell you that conventional oil is just fine. Automobile Diagnostic advises that the best way to determine what oil you should use in your vehicle is to look at the owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. Your vehicle’s manufacturer will tell you the oil type that is suited to your engine and the proper oil weight. Let’s talk more about motor oil below.


Conventional oil really is just fine for most engines. This oil has been around for over 100 years. Tried and true, conventional oil is affordable and effective in protecting your engine against wear and tear. The trick with conventional oil is that you must change it when it needs it in order for it to be most effective. The general recommendation for changing conventional oil is every 3,000 miles.


If you have a high-mileage automobile, you may want to consider switching to high-mileage motor oil. This oil is designed for engines that have over 75,000 miles on them. The advantage of high-mileage motor oil over conventional motor oil is that it has additives that help prevent engines from developing oil leaks. Leaking oil is a common problem in older engines.


The motor oil that gets the most hype on the market today is synthetic motor oil. This motor oil is made in laboratories throughout the country and designed to provide better protection for the engine than conventional motor oil does. This being said, however, most engines don’t actually need synthetic motor oil unless they are high-performance.

Synthetic motor oil also works well in extreme temperatures, so we often recommend switching to synthetic in the winter when the temperatures are extremely cold. This oil stands up to the cold weather better and doesn’t freeze as quickly as conventional motor oil does. This allows you to start driving your automobile sooner after you start it.

Synthetic Blend

Finally, you can opt for something in between, and that something is a synthetic blend. This is a motor oil that is made from both synthetic and conventional motor oils. The blend offers excellent protection for any engine and does not cost as much as full synthetic does.

Automobile Diagnostics in Columbus, IN, would be happy to change your motor oil if it is time. Call us today to set up a service appointment.

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