Choosing the right engine oil and oil filter
Whether you change your engine oil or have a shop do it for you, choosing the right engine oil, oil filter and service interval has never been more challenging. Even if you follow the oil type and viscosity recommendations shown in your car’s owner’s manual, you still have at least a dozen oil formulations to choose from. And oil filters come in just as many flavours. You can buy a $14 filter with the highest dirt-holding specifications and the longest mileage rating. But do you need to spend that much if you change your oil on schedule? Then there’s the issue of extended drain intervals. Can you really go 20,000 to 25,000 kilometres between oil changes?
We contacted experts at Valvoline, Mobil 1, Pennzoil, Royal Purple, Fram and WIX Filters to get you up-to-date advice that you can take to the bank. And we’ll kill off a few myths in the process. But first, a quick lesson in the basics of engine lubrication.