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Common Engine Oil Myths - Debunked

Engine Oil

When it comes to your car's maintenance, engine oil is the ultimate responsibility. Oil is what enables the various parts of your engine to seamlessly run without bumping together, inefficient wear, and unbearable temperatures. However, several myths and misconceptions have either invaded general knowledge when it comes to motor oil. It's time we set the record straight. Here are five of the most popular motor oil myths, debunked:

Myth 1. Dark Oil Always Needs to Be Replaced

The dark color is not the only indication that your oil is dirty or no longer doing its job. Some oils turn dark as quickly as the additives designed to clean your engine start working depending on the oil. Nevertheless, gritty or grainy oil is contaminated and dirty. If you notice that it is infected, it needs to be changed immediately.

Myth 2. Get Your Oil Changed Every 3,000 Miles

While you may associate "every 3,000 miles" with oil change intervals, it's not always necessary. Some vehicles with good-quality oil can go as long as 8,000 to 10,000 miles between oil changes. The most reliable way to figure out how often you should change yours is to follow your manufacturer's recommendations.

Myth 3. Synthetic Oil Cause Leaks

Synthetic oil was first introduced in 1970, and leaks were common back when they hit the market. Back then, synthetics could cause additional wear and tear to seals and gaskets in your car's engine. This is no longer the case in the present day. New formulas are engineered to better your engine by protecting its important components. The truth is that synthetic oils are better than conventional when it comes to guarding your engine.

Myth 4. The More Additives, The Better

Additives can help your engine, but oil can't add additional horsepower to your engine, nor can it enhance your gas mileage with an enhanced formula. Don't believe any claims that boost engine performance.

Myth 5. I Changed My Filter Last Time - I Don't Need To This Time

The oil filter is in charge of filtering out the sludge, grime, and even dirt that gets collected in your motor engine. As with any other filter, the more debris it clears, the more likely you'd need to replace it. Oil filters are only designed to last one oil cycle, so you need to change it every time you change your oil.

We hope we set the record straight on the most common oil myths. If you require an oil change, we welcome you to bring your vehicle to Elite Imports & Auto Repair.