Motor oils and lubricants: how to pick the right product?

Article written by: Comma Oil

The modern motor industry offers a truckload of choices to enhance our driving experience.

From vehicle and engine types to aftermarket modifications and performance-enhancing technologies, today’s automotive landscape empowers us to optimise our driving experiences like never before. 

But is having too many choices a bad thing when it comes to selecting the right motor oils and lubricants?

Here, the technical team from Comma Oil explore the best practices for selecting the right motor oils and lubricants for your vehicle. They also discuss how making the wrong decision has the potential to create chaos with your car.

Why choosing the right oil matters

So you’re shopping for the right oil for your vehicle and are faced with numerous brands and grades. Where do you begin? Firstly, you need to select the right motor oil, which is essential for several reasons.

Topping the list is engine performance. The correct oil for your vehicle needs to not only properly lubricate engine parts but also reduce friction and wear and tear. In contrast, choosing the wrong oil could result in reduced power output, decreased fuel efficiency and sluggish acceleration. The engine may also not operate at its optimal temperature and efficiency, leading to decreased overall vehicle performance.

You are also at risk of oil leaks, which can damage engine components, create safety hazards and result in unwanted mess. Also, incompatibility between the oil and your engine can lead to sludge and deposits forming, clogging vital engine components and reducing efficiency.

If that’s not challenging enough, selecting an oil that doesn’t meet the manufacturer’s specifications could potentially void your vehicle’s warranty, resulting in expensive repair bills.

Make sure to find one, like Comma Performance Motor Oil, that is OEM (original equipment manufacturer) approved to ensure full compliance.

Choosing the right oil

Ok, so you know why you need to choose the right oil, but how do you put that into practice? Selecting the right oil requires some knowledge and consideration, so make sure you follow these key steps to guide your choice:

Choose the right viscosity grade

Let’s start with viscosity, which refers to how easily oil flows at a specified temperature. When buying your oil first consult your vehicle’s owner manual for the recommended viscosity grade tailored to your engine.

Common grades include 5W-30, 0W-30, and 0W-20, with the first number indicating cold temperature flow and the second number indicating thickness at operating temperatures. These grades will be clearly marked on the product packaging.

Check for ACEA certification

Look for oils with ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) specifications, which determine oil compatibility with various engines. It’s often a starting point for OEMs to base their specifications on. Verify if your vehicle requires a specific ACEA specification, such as ACEA A3/B4 or ACEA C3, depending on your engine type.

Other considerations

Once you have chosen your oil, take into consideration these additional factors before you seal the deal:

Fuel Efficiency

Choose motor oils and lubricants that optimise engine performance and minimises fuel consumption. This not only saves costs but also extends the life of your vehicle by reducing engine wear and tear.

Specification over base oil composition

Base oil composition is important but should not be the sole reason for choosing oil. Focus on the specification, which dictates the engine oil’s required performance level.

Turbocharged cars

For turbocharged vehicles that operate under high pressure and temperature (sometimes up to 950 degrees Celsius!), selecting the right oil is critical. Pick one that sustains its viscosity and safeguards the components under such extreme conditions.

Choose high-quality oils

Opt for oils from reputable manufacturers, like Comma Oil. High-quality oils contain additives and base oils designed to provide superior engine protection, improve fuel efficiency, cleanliness, and emission control.

Choosing the right motor oils and lubricants for your vehicle is essential to ensure optimal performance, longevity, and safety. By following these guidelines and relying on trusted manufacturers, you can make informed choices and enjoy a smooth and worry-free driving experience.

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