What Are the Different Motor Oil Types?

There are four different types of motor oil available to consumers. The best way to determine which motor oil you should use in your engine is to check your owner’s manual. The manual contains the recommendation from your vehicle’s manufacturer. For example, Audi recommends that you use synthetic motor oil. So does BMW. If you can use conventional oil, you have the choice of all four oil types on our list. Let’s talk more about this below so you know about the different motor oil types.


If you want something that has been around for over 100 years and is proven to be effective, you want to put conventional oil in your engine. This oil has literally been around this long. It does an excellent job of protecting engines, lubricating moving parts, and cleaning engines. Just make sure to have the oil changed every 3,000 miles to keep your engine running smoothly and to extend its life. The nice thing about conventional oil is that it is the least expensive motor oil on our list.


You will pay a little bit more for high-mileage motor oil, but the added cost is worth it. When your odometer turns 75,000 miles, your engine is at a high risk of springing an oil leak. High-mileage oil contains additives that help prevent oil leaks in older engines. These additives also help prevent grime from building up on the moving parts, another common problem in older engines. High-mileage oil also needs to be changed every 3,000 miles to keep your engine in the best shape possible.


As we mentioned above, there are some vehicle manufacturers that only want you to use synthetic motor oil. If this is the case with your automobile, it will say so in the owner’s manual. Synthetic motor oil is made in a lab using organic compounds and additives. These additives are what make synthetic motor oil so great. They work well under extreme conditions, whether in the engine or outside of the engine, to protect the engine for an extended period of time. In fact, you don’t have to have synthetic motor oil changed until you have put 5,000 miles on the odometer.

Synthetic Blend

Finally, you may find that synthetic oil is a bit too pricey for your taste. If this is the case, you can choose a synthetic blend that will give you some of the benefits of synthetic motor oil combined with the reliability of conventional oil.

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