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Pennzoil Oil: When Changing Your Oil, Not Just Any Oil Will Do

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Oil is one of the most essential fluids in your car. Without it, your engine won’t run for long before burning up. The lubrication provided by motor oil reduces friction, heat and wear. Regular oil and filter changes are essential to a smooth-running, long-lasting engine.

So what kind should you use? Beyond brand names (like Pennzoil oil) and weights (5w-30, 10w-40), there are five different types of motor oil. And odds are the manufacturer that built your car has specific recommendations as to what type to use.

  • There’s conventional oil. It does what any oil should do by actively cleaning out sludge to keep your engine running cleaner, cooler and longer.
  • If your vehicle is older and has 75,000 miles or more, you should consider high-mileage oil. It’s specially formulated for older, higher mileage cars, not only reducing sludge but helping to reduce leaks and burn-off.
  • If your vehicle is a truck, minivan or SUV, you should consider a synthetic blend oil at your next oil change and everyone after. Synthetic blend oil is better than conventional oil for severe driving conditions, including trailer towing.
  • For an even cleaner clean inside your engine, synthetic oil is the way to go. It’s also formulated for severe driving conditions and keeps pistons cleaner than the toughest industry standard.
  • And finally, the fifth and finest of the motor oils available today…ultra synthetic oil. Nothing keeps your engine closer to factory clean. Check your owner’s manual to see which oil your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends. Pennzoil formulates its synthetic blend, synthetic oil and ultra synthetic oil to be dexos approved, General Motors’ new and rigorous standard for motor oil for its 2012 and newer models.

Can’t find your manufacturer’s recommendations? No problem. Pennzoil oil has an online selector that will help you determine the right type of oil (conventional, high mileage, synthetic blend, synthetic oil and ultra-synthetic oil) for your vehicle.

And remember, not all oil change places are alike, either. Mr. Clean Car Wash never charges shop or disposal fees, and any oil change service (they offer five—one for each type of oil) comes with a free Pro Interior & Exterior Wash! Click here for full details.

When Is The Right Time For An Oil Change?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

So much advancement has been made when it comes to motor oil. That said, it can be difficult to determine just how long a car can go before it needs an oil change. The sticker in the corner of the windshield may say 3000 miles while some of mechanic friends may claim it can go 5000 miles. So how can the right time for an oil change be determined? Here are some best practices:

1. Go by the Book

When automakers design vehicles, they spend a lot of time studying the needs of the vehicles in terms of maintenance. They create a service schedule that best fits their products. This schedule can be found in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. This manual will not only describe how often the oil should be changed, but also will provide any additional details about the vehicle’s oil. With some manufacturers, this information can be search and downloaded online as well.

2. Don’t Wait until It’s Too Late

It’s important to remember that oil keeps the engine’s internal parts moving. That said, don’t put changing the oil off too long. Most importantly, don’t just wait for a warning light to come on. Not only does oil lubricate the moving parts, it also carries contaminants and dirt away to protect the engine. The damage caused by a lack of oil is permanent and can cause the engine to fail completely. Waiting to see the low oil light is one of the worst things a car owner could do.

3. Be in the Synthetic Know Synthetic oils have come a long way. Whether the car requires it (some do) or not, using it is something that should be considered. The lifespan for synthetic oil is typically longer than conventional oil and can range up to 7000-10,000 miles. Another factor that will indicate how long to go between changes is driving conditions. Things such as towing, driving in high temperatures or frequent cold starts are all factors that will shorten the lifespan of the engine’s oil. Regular oil changes are important and Mr. Clean Car Wash can provide car owners with more than just a car wash.

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Pennzoil Motor Oil: The Right Oil Matters

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Engine oil has a lot of influence on the performance and lifespan of a vehicle’s engine. Aiming for higher performance? Increased fuel mileage? Improved reliability? Pennzoil offers motor oil that best fits all these needs. Today, oil is doing more than simply lubricating moving parts. That said—it’s important to select the right type of oil. Here’s a quick guide:

Conventional or Synthetic Oil?

Today’s oils are divided into two main categories: 1. Conventional oil which is made from crude oil that’s refined and 2. Synthetic oil which is made using expensive chemical processes. What’s the difference? Conventional oil is filtered and refined to separate the lubricating properties from those that are not useful. Conventional oil offers basic lubrication. Synthetic oils on the other hand, cost more but have more uniform molecules and better properties. Many new engines require syntehtic oil that allows them to run cleaner with improved gas mileage. Synthetic oil is designed for low or high operating temperatures, high mileage, chemical protection from oxidization and even transferring heat from the engine.

What Weight?

When it comes to oil’s viscosity, oil is described by two main values. The first is a number followed by a “W”. The “W” stands for winter and represents the low temperature viscosity of the oil. When this first number is lower than the second, the oil will stay thinner at lower temperatures. The second number is the high temperature viscosity. The higher the second number, the thicker the oil will remain under high temperatures. When choosing the correct viscosity for the vehicle, refer to its owner’s manual.

Extra Additives

These days, performance additives are often added to motor oil to help it do a lot more work. Detergents are added to keep the engine clean and eliminate corrosive acids that can build up when fuel is combusted. There are also features that carry away sludge and debris so that the oil lines in the engine flow freely. Finally, there are oils with additives that improve lubrication and form a film over moving parts to help reduce drag and friction. These oils help condition worn seals to prevent leaks. Selecting the right oil is all about understanding what goes into the oil. While some oils are simple and less expensive, others have ingredients that can help keep older engines running smoothly or protect new ones.

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