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You think you're ready to do a little more DIY on your car? One of the most common maintenance activities car owners try to do on their own is changing your engine oil. If you are fully convinced to do some tinkering on your own, or maybe you just want to know what your mechanic does to your car. It's time to learn more about engine oils. Here are the basics.
What is it for?
To put it simply, it coats your internal engine and protects it against friction. This keeps your car running smoothly and at peak condition. Less drag and friction within the engine means better fuel efficiency and less wear and tear. Some engine oils even have the ability to clean the internal engine. Let's get more on that later.
Why are there so many types?
It may be confusing buying engine oil. Do you need multigrade? Synthetic? How about those seemingly random numbers in the bottle. What do they all mean? There are actually just 2 things to look out for when choosing engine oil. Those are type and viscosity. Let's go through both of them.
Types of Engine Oils
There are generally 3 types of engine oil.
What is viscosity?
Viscosity generally means the thickness of the engine oil. It is its ability to flow along the different parts of your internal engine. If you will notice the label for each bottle, you will see a series of letters and numbers. These numbers represent the level of viscosity the oil exemplifies. Imagine a bottle of syrup. At room temperature, it flows easily. If you refrigerate it for a few minutes, you will notice it gets slow moving when pouring. This is the idea of viscosity. Since cars run on all types of weather and climate, you will need to choose the viscosity that suits your temperature range.
Now you know a little bit more about engine oils and what would work better for your car. The same is true about your car insurance. Knowing more about it makes you choose a better fit for you. At Insurance Services of Washington Inc., we do our best in making sure that our clients are well-protected with affordable and comprehensive policies. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact our agency at (425) 868-1123 or Click Here to request a free quote.