How To Choose Oil For Your Oil Change
Oil changes are easy—drain the old stuff out, and put the new stuff in. But what kind of stuff are you putting in? What weight? What type? What brand? We're here to help.
Conventional or Synthetic?
The first step of choosing oil is choosing what type of oil. Luckily, your options are narrowed down to two—conventional or synthetic.
The full-synthetic option is usually the go-to for European car enthusiasts because you can go longer between oil changes while also providing superior protection. Some owners have even gone as far as sending oil samples out for lab analysis, and their findings show that synthetic oil doesn't break down past 7,000 miles, but rather becomes dirty from contaminants.
Of course, you'll have a filter in there to remove those contaminants, but make sure you get a good one. We like Mann, Mahle, and Hengst.
When we were building out our catalog, we found there weren't a lot of specialty oil options available. So we made sure adding Liqui Moly, Pentosin, Motul, Genuine BMW, Redline, and Castrol meant a quality product. All of these lubricants are approved by most European car manufacturers with a level of protection often surpassing even the strictest approval ratings. You can't go wrong with any of these.
So now that you have your type, and your brand, it's time to choose weight.
How do oil weights differ?
When choosing oils, there are two numbers to consider. If we use 5W-30 as an example, the first number (5@) refers to the cold start viscosity while the 2nd number (30) is the operating viscosity once the oil is up to temp. 5W-30 is used in most all BMW vehicles because of its great performance in both the cold and warm temperatures. Moreover, Volvo recommends Castrol Oil with specific weights depending on model and recommend BMW oils are an array of high-performance synthetic oils labeled as Genuine BMW. The oil change kits we offer make it easy to find exactly what you need in one simple click, not to mention including the appropriate nuts, bolts, washers and filters.
It doesn't matter if you have a Volvo, BMW, Mercedes, Audi or Volkswagen - we've got an oil change or complete service kit to make your regular maintenance much easier.
Written By: Dave Greco
Interested in cars at a young age, I purchased my first project car at the age of 16 and fixed it with the help of my father. At a young age I would work on cars with friends and research how things work because I wanted to learn as much as possible.