9th November 2020
Oil light appeared on your dashboard? Or perhaps you're looking to give your car a bit of maintenance TLC before a long journey? Often, it can be difficult to know which engine oil to use for your vehicle - that's why we've put together this handy guide detailing the different types of engine oil, and identifying what oil your car may need.
Ultimately, the type of oil you need for your vehicle will depend on the engine. A modern vehicle is likely to have a recommended oil grade and manufacturer, which you can usually find in the vehicle manual. This will be shown in numbers, and separated by the letter 'w' - and is also known as the oil viscosity.
However, it should be noted that many car makers actually have their own grades of oil, intended to be used in specific models. As a rule though, if you are unsure what type of oil you should use in your vehicle, consult your owner's manual - or get in touch with a member of our specialist team.
Ensuring you get the right oil for your vehicle is vital - as you may subject your engine to excess component wear if you use the wrong oil for your car. It might not show immediate damaging effects - however, long term, your vehicle may experience effects, such as extreme operational issues.
With various changes to regulations on vehicle emissions, oil production has significantly expanded over the last few decades - meaning there is more choice than ever. So, what are the different types of engine oil that your car might need?
When you come to buy the oil for your vehicle, there are three core types of engine oil on the market: