Looking For an Oil Change in Petaluma?
The next time you pull into McLea's Tire & Automotive Center for an oil change in Petaluma, take a good look around. You'll see four types of motor oil, and it's worth knowing what they are and how they differ.
Based on their extensive knowledge of vehicles of all types, the car experts at McLea's will recommend which one will best lubricate and cool the moving parts in your engine, keeping them clean while helping your vehicle run more efficiently. But you'll be able to make a special request only if you know one type of oil from another. The four types are:
Conventional oil. Most vehicles with simple engine designs run well on conventional oil, which is available in different viscosities. The viscosity, or oil weight, refers to how thick or thin an oil is. Viscosities range from 0 to 60, though the most common oils range from 30 to 50. Your engine needs oil that is thick enough to handle hot engine temperatures but thin enough to produce a quick start in cold weather. Consult your vehicle's owner manual for the manufacturer's recommendation.
Synthetic oil. Made for high-tech engines like those found, say, in a Corvette or Mercedes-Benz, synthetic oil is chemically engineered to flow better at lower temperatures and retain peak lubricity at higher temperatures. This may sound beneficial to all vehicle types, but synthetic oil can be expensive – and not necessary to keep most vehicles running well.
Synthetic oil blend. Combining both conventional and synthetic-based oils, a synthetic-blend oil provides added protection to vehicles carrying heavier loads. They tend to be favored among drivers of pickups and SUVs.
High-mileage oil. As its name implies, this oil type is best suited for vehicles with at least 75,000 miles on the odometer. And these days, this means nearly two-thirds of all vehicles on the road.
We love “oil talk” at McLea's Tire and Automotive Center, so the next time you need an oil change in Petaluma, come right in or call us first at 707-395-8185. We'll change your oil, but we'll never change the subject.