Selecting The Right Oil And Weight For Your Older Vehicle.
In this month’s Lowrider Garage “Tip of the month” series, we talk about picking the right Lucas Oil for your ride. This tip will depend on your vehicles mileage and year it was manufactured. Newer model cars need to follow their Owner’s manual.
How worn is your vehicle’s engine? If your vehicle has logged a great many miles over the past several years and has been running on 30- or 40-single-weight oil, multi-weight oil isn’t consistently thick enough to lubricate the worn engine parts that have become smaller from friction while wearing down, leaving wider spaces between them. To keep the oil thick enough to fill these gaps, switch to a heavier single-weight oil as your vehicle becomes older and starts to run a little rougher and or burns up oil more quickly. If you’ve been running on 30-weight oil, switch over to 40-weight at least during the summer months when oil tends to thin out because of the extra heat. So even the weather can be a factor when choosing the right oil and weight.
The benefits for using Lucas Oil include:
- Lower oil temperatures for longer oil life and less metal fatigue.
- High lubricity for faster acceleration and more rpm.
- Protects against oil cavitation (foaming), a must for high revving engines.
- Slows oil burning and raises oil pressure in worn engines.
1. Check your oil levels regularly to see if your vehicle is burning oil or if it needs to be topped off.
2. Never mix synthetic and conventional oil unless you are using a semi mix.
3. Do not use lighter weight oil as you can seriously damage your engine.
4. Change your oil regularly to manufacturers specifications.
5. Do not top off your oil and call it an oil change.
To learn more about Lucas Oil Products log onto www.lucasoil.com.