Does oil quality matter


Changing your car's oil, as you probably know, is an important step in keeping it running smoothly, and a good goal is to have it changed roughly every 5,000 to 6,000 miles (or sooner, in some cases). But, did you know that the quality of the oil you use is also important? Some engines have specific needs when it comes to the type and quality of oil, so it's possible to use the wrong oil! To learn more about oil types and quality, keep reading!

  • Modern Oil
  • Did you know there are different quality levels when it comes to car oil? To ensure you're getting a better quality oil, look for the API service symbol, which is shaped like a donut, or the API certification mark, which is shaped like a starburst. SM is the highest rated oil, as it's engineered to improve the engine's resistance to rust as well as prevents buildup. Be sure to look out for these qualifications.

  • Oil Types
  • Two main types of oils exist on the market: conventional and synthetic. Although conventional oil is typically more inexpensive, it's usually OK to use in most engines. However, there are some engines that require specific types of oil, such as engines in luxury or performance vehicles. So, what's the difference between conventional and synthetic oils? Synthetic goes through a refining process that changes its molecular structure, making it better suited for engines that are more finely tuned. Blended oils also exist, but these are typically used in engines with uniques needs like turbocharged engines or high-mileage engines.

  • What's Right for You?
  • Be sure to refer to your owner's manual for the right type of oil for your vehicle. It's a handy tool to help you learn about the specific needs of your car, but you can also rest assured that our technicians will know the right type of oil for your vehicle's needs.

    So, what are you waiting for? Schedule your appointment today to have our expert technicians give your car the attention it deserves!

    If you're in need of an oil change or routine maintenance, come see us at Pecheles Ford at 4020 Highway 264 W. Washington, NC 27889. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Washington, NC, and from Greenville, New Bern, Williamston and Elizabeth City.