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What Oil Should You Use for Your Vehicle?

Oil is essential to the performance and health of your vehicle, so why wouldn’t you want to choose the right one for you? With so many different types of oil on the market, it can be tricky to make the right choice. Remember that the professionals at Thunderbird Automotive are always here to help you make the right decision and complete your oil change. Why Does Oil Matter? Oil is part of what makes your vehicle’s engine run properly. It keeps all of the intricate moving parts lubricated and prevents overheating. If you don’t have oil changes on a regular basis for your car, sludge and dirt can accumulate in the engine, and things won’t be lubricated as well. The longer that you wait to swap out dirty oil, the higher the chances are that you’ll need an engine replacement in the future. Know Your Labels There are two labels you should see on every bottle of legitimate oil. The first one is from the American Petroleum Institute (API). When the API deems a certain oil to be satisfactory, there will be an SL rating on the front. This will tell you what the oil is appropriate for. The other label will include a viscosity number and tell you whether or not the oil passed the Energy Conserving test. When selecting an oil, you should choose one approved for usage in your engine. Understanding Viscosity Viscosity is a measure of how resistant a liquid is to flowing. For example, water is much less viscous than honey. Viscosity for oils is rated at 0 degrees and 212 degrees. The first number in a rating comes before “W,” which stands for winter. The second number represents the rating at 212 degrees. What does that mean? A 10W-30 oil is less viscous at […]

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When Do I Need an Oil Change?

When do I need an Oil Change with Thunderbird Automotive?

Changing your oil is one of the most important maintenance tasks for your car. After all, your engine needs oil to function and keep your car on the road. However, how can you tell that your car is due for an oil change? Do you need to have it changed every 3,000 miles, or is there another metric you should be using? Thunderbird Automotive Specialists has years of experience in completing oil changes, and we are happy to guide you through the process of determining whether or not your car is due for one. The Basics of an Oil Change The frequency of your oil changes will vary depending on a number of factors. Because of technological advances in automobile manufacturing, many cars don’t need oil changes more frequently than 7,500 miles. For example, Ford and Porsche recommend oil changes every 10,000 miles. BMWs use synthetic oil and are made with high-performance materials, so they only need oil changes every 15,000 miles. Not sure how often you should think about an oil change? Check your owner’s manual to see what your manufacturer recommends. The manual will also tell you what types of oil you should choose for maximum performance. Why Do You Need to Change Your Oil? Motor oil is to a car what blood is to a body. Oil is responsible for cooling down the numerous moving parts that prevent wear and friction in your engine. It stops the accumulation of dirt and debris that can form sludge that does permanent damage to your car. Oil also stops corrosion from acids and moisture. Over time, oil degrades in quality due to the depletion of the additives mixed in. It’s important to swap out in the oil in your vehicle on a regular basis to replenish the additives, prevent damage […]

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