Friday, 23 October 2015

What oil should I use for my car?

Using the correct oil for your car has never been more crucial. It can have a significant impact on the performance, emissions and long-term wear on your vehicle engine and may even cause component failure. Incorrect oil can cause blocking of EGR valves, DPFs and other emission control systems, turbo failure, engine bearing wear to name but a few possibilities - in more extreme cases these may not be too long before the fault occurs.

It is no longer relevant to use the viscosity rating (for example 10W40 or 5W30), because there can be many variations of the same viscosity oil. It also used to be the case that "some oil is better than no oil," but it's no longer true as the wrong oil can cause you problems.

If you speak to your local garage they will be able to help you identify the correct oil for your vehicle. At Oldfields Garage Services Ltd, Leominster, we use the vehicle registration number to check and ensure the specification supplied meets the manufacturers requirements. We only use premium quality oils when servicing vehicles and our preferred supplier is Millers Oils.

Why did we choose Millers to be our main oil supplier?
We've chosen Millers Oils because they blend the oils themselves in the UK, carry out extensive research and provide technical support to ensure the oils are correct for our customers vehicle. Their automotive range is specially formulated using the latest additives to maximise performance and minimise emissions.

What should I do to top up my oil?
Next time you go to top the oil up on your car or van it might not be sensible to pick one up from the local supermarket (unless it exactly matches your vehicles required specification). I'd recommend you go to your local reputable service or repair garage to ask them to supply you with the correct oil to top it up if required - they might even top it up for you!

Millers Oils provide a useful "which oil" checker here. Other oil manufacturers also provide similar systems.