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Car Engine Oil Buying Guide in 2022. Know Best Engine Oil for Car

Car Engine Oil Buying Guide in 2022. Know Best Engine Oil for Car

Car Engine Oil Buying Guide on Viscosity Grade, Differences in between Synthetic Oil and Mineral Oil with Best Brands and Prices among Castrol, Mobil One and Shell Helix Brands

 

Car Engine Oil Guide : Updated in 2022

Engine Oil is what the Lifeline of your Car Engine as it provides sufficient lubrication required for protecting Engine components at even 100 to 120 Degree Celsius. Choosing Incorrect Oil or Lesser Quantity will lead to

  • Friction among Engine Components, leading to quick Wear & Tear among Engine Parts
  • Performance of Car as choosing thicker or thinner Oil basis Viscosity can have huge impact on Car Performance

In case of Oil Leaked - it can cause Engine Seizure, causing several Lakh in repairs or complete replacement even. Thus is utmost essential to choose Best recommended Oil for your Car Engine

 

How to Choose Best Engine Oil for Car

To Choose Best Engine Oil for your Car is referred clearly in this video

 

Before Choosing Engine Oil - its recommended to check your Car Owner Service Manual to check Engine Oil Viscosity been recommended

» For API standard such as API SL, SM, SN or SJ - API Standard basically is benchmark set by American Petroleum Institute about performance and power of Engine Oil. Its recommended to check your Service Manual for API Standard recommended for your Car Engine Oil

 

» Viscosity grade - Viscosity Grade is basically the thickness been defined for Engine Oil and defines the stress holding capacity. A thin Engine Oil may well be recommended for Winters, while Engine Oil with higher Viscosity is recommended for Summers Environment. For example - Water has lowest Viscosity as its the thinnest.

Viscosity Grade comes in 2 numbers :- Like 10W-30, 0W-40 or 15W-40 or 5W-30 . 

First Part Winter Grade (0W, 5W, 10W etc.)

  • 5W-30 - Here W is Winter Grade. 5W is Viscosity Grade of Cold Start
  • 0W- 40 indicates that Vehicle can start easily in even Coldest or Freezing Conditions. The Oil is relative thin enough to free flow across all components
  • 10W-30 - it would have implied 10W for conditions where temperature remains a bit higher. The Oil is relative thick

Low Winter (W) viscosity lets Oil flows in Engine in colder conditions much quickly with lesser dry running. Less dry running means much less engine wear.

Second Part Temperature Grade (20, 30, 40)

  • 5W-30 - Here 30 determines the thickness of Oil at Engine Temperature of 100 Degree C. Its best to follow the recommendation as per Owner Manual on thickness on maximum operating temperature. 30c is a thin Oil than 40 in maximum operating temperature of Engine
  • 0W- 40 indicates the thickness of Oil on maximum Operating Temperature. 40 means that oil turns relative thick against the scenario of 5W-30

To make it simple to understand - a lower Viscosity means Oil is thinner. When Oil reaches full temperature - the weight is thus determined which is 30 or 40.

 

» ACEA Rating - The Lubricant Properties are determined in ACEA Rating and one can find ACEA rating as A3/B4, A5/B5, C2 etc. The properties are determined basis Wear, Sludge, Soot Thickening, Oxidative thickening, Fuel Economy and lot other factors to determine the best oil type for your car.

Essentially not to miss on ACEA Rating of Oil especially in Diesel Cars

 

Myth about Buying Engine Oil: How to Buy Engine Oil

Although thin oil has many advantages like

  • Reduce friction in engines,
  • Easy one start on cold freezing weather too including free flow and easier to move

 

But the slight thicker oil can help

  • Protect engine bearings and engine Sealing especially with thicker Oil layer

Its thus important to know that Correct Engine Oil Grade is utmost important as it determines the free flow of Oil to several Components. Incorrect Viscosity grade can lead to premature wear and tear of several small engine parts.

 

Do check your Car Owner Manual for Recommended Engine Oil Viscosity Grade, and never divulge from it as this Engine Oil grade is what tested by Car Manufacturer after doing extensive R&D and no workshop mechanic or Engineer or Expert can challenge the recommended Oil Grade as what referred in Car Manual.

 

Type of Engine Oils with Prices

There are 3 Types of Engine Oil available - Synthetic, Semi Synthetic and Mineral Oil. Difference in Performance is :-

» Synthetic oil : Here the Molecular property of Oil is engineered to give best protection to car from regular braking, clutch, acceleration - i.e if you commute daily and faces traffic will produce lesser sludge and wear and tear to Engine. Its the best Suited Performance Oil for Cars and can even lead to slight mileage improvement too.

Due to Oil Molecular property been developed and arranged - this Oil leads to lower NVH Levels and best suited for those who drive long distance, drive in heavy traffic, start-stop drive or in Diesel Engines looking for best performance along with optimal protection

Synthetic Oil Cost in around Rs 1050 to 1250 per Litre and at any given day is considered superior over Regular Mineral Oil basis Molecular Properties as arranged.

Synthetic Oil Vs Mineral Oil. Best Engine Oil to Choose with Pros-Cons, Prices

» Semi Synthetic Oil (costs much less) can be used in cars, as cost effective solution. Especially, where one your annual running is not more than 10,000 Kms.  Semi Synthetic Oil costs in range of Rs 550 to 650 per Litre

 

» Mineral Oil - Cost Effective solution for cars with smaller engine and less driven. Mineral Oil is priced just 1/3rd against Synthetic Oil . To our view - It may be used, if looking for cost effective solution for cars, with less driven (under 500 Kms a month) or not to commute in daily bumper to bumper traffic.

Mineral Oil Costs in range of Rs 300 to 350 per Litre

 

Replacement Cycle of Engine Oil:

Though - for changing Engine Oil - its best to again refer to Owner Manual. But - for a common understanding (as extracted through Engine Oil Makers) - it can just prove to be ideal to replace Oil as below:-

» Mineral Oil: Ideally after 5000 Kms or 6 Months of Usage which ever earlier. 0W-20, 5W-30 or 10W30 : For Modern Petrol Engines - looking for Mineral or Semi Synthetic Oil - yet Light and Optimum Engine Performance. Cost Effectiveness and Low Viscosity makes Oil Performing Well on Modern Age Petrol Cars with Good Fuel Efficiency.

 

» Semi Synthetic : Ideally at 6000 to 7500 Kms or 12 Months which ever earlier

 

» Synthetic Grade : Ideal at 10,000 to 15,000 Kms or 12 Months which ever earlier. Generally is 0W-40 in Petrol and 5W-40 Oil in Diesel Cars comes in category of Synthetic. 

Synthetic Oil Grade offers best life to Engine, Prevent Sludge from Daily Traffic Drive with Lowest Noise Levels and Optimal Performance for Mileage and Pickup. Using any Grade beyond its Life will tend to break in Viscosity Molecules and may enhance friction to Engine Components for quicker wear & tear along with deterioration in Performance.

 

Should you Replace Engine Oil if driving Car for Less Kms

For some who drive less like 2500 Kms or say 5000 Kms a year, while the Owner Manual mention replacement as 10000 Kms or a year - its important to replace Engine Oil on time (within a year max) as

Engine Oil is made up of Viscosity Molecules. When Oil is poured in Engine - with usage and time shelf as suggested - there is a high probability that Molecules tends to breakup over period of time and oil tends to be thinner beyond its shelf life (and if continued) leads to friction of engine components with faster wear & tear

Ideally Engine Oil change is best when followed in Manufacturer Schedule which is based on

> Kms Driven

> Time Factor

as whichever earlier for best upkeep of Car Engine.

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Comments 9

Guest - Sarfaraz on Monday, 21 September 2020 18:49

Hi sir how are you I'm 2014 model Nissan tiida in Dubai which one best oil tell me temperature June July 50c January +20.24 Thank you

Hi sir how are you I'm 2014 model Nissan tiida in Dubai which one best oil tell me temperature June July 50c January +20.24 Thank you
Guest - Anirban Mukherjee on Wednesday, 20 May 2020 13:12

Sir,
Using a Honda Amaze diesel and it has ran more than 106000 km. So far I am using 5w 30 engine oil as recommended. Now, I have noticed engine oil is getting consumed. There is no licking of oils. I am from a part where the temperature fluctuate between 8 degree centigrade to 40 degrees centigrade. Should I go for 10w 40 graded engine oil?

Sir, Using a Honda Amaze diesel and it has ran more than 106000 km. So far I am using 5w 30 engine oil as recommended. Now, I have noticed engine oil is getting consumed. There is no licking of oils. I am from a part where the temperature fluctuate between 8 degree centigrade to 40 degrees centigrade. Should I go for 10w 40 graded engine oil?
Guest - Ankur on Friday, 17 January 2020 17:14

I have wagonr lxi 2013 model, I have changed the oil somewhere due to emergency and it's castrol 20w 50. will that cause any issue if I change it in next 5000k

Thanks

I have wagonr lxi 2013 model, I have changed the oil somewhere due to emergency and it's castrol 20w 50. will that cause any issue if I change it in next 5000k Thanks
Guest - Marun Suresh on Tuesday, 31 December 2019 00:04

Sir, I'm using Fiat punto diesel. Regularly I'm doing service from outside private mechanic because of unavailability of fiat service center. Company recommended is 5w40 fully synthetic . Which oil brand is best(shell, motul, mobil etc) Which brand should I choose? Plz help me

Sir, I'm using Fiat punto diesel. Regularly I'm doing service from outside private mechanic because of unavailability of fiat service center. Company recommended is 5w40 fully synthetic . Which oil brand is best(shell, motul, mobil etc) Which brand should I choose? Plz help me
Guest - MILAN MEHTA on Sunday, 07 July 2019 16:07

I have new honda city diesel 2017 model.
Which engine is best for my diesel car, i live in delhi where the temperature is slight high 44' to 46degree.
Rite now i am using 5w30.
Car milage is reduced from 22-24 to 18-20.
Kindly suggest.

I have new honda city diesel 2017 model. Which engine is best for my diesel car, i live in delhi where the temperature is slight high 44' to 46degree. Rite now i am using 5w30. Car milage is reduced from 22-24 to 18-20. Kindly suggest.
Guest - Dinesh on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 15:45

Hi, As long as your car is under warranty from dealer, stay with agency for regular oil change. Any outside service may void the warranty.

Hi, As long as your car is under warranty from dealer, stay with agency for regular oil change. Any outside service may void the warranty.
Guest - Roberto on Wednesday, 26 June 2019 07:57

Hi i have a dzire 2018 petrol versión with k12m engine, i m from south América and here in the service use 10w40... What do you think of this oil?

Hi i have a dzire 2018 petrol versión with k12m engine, i m from south América and here in the service use 10w40... What do you think of this oil?
Guest - raghu on Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:39

Dear Sir,
Thank you, The information given by you is very valuable and useful for car users who don't have technical knowledge about Oils.
I have a request from my end.

I have Tata Indigo CS (TDI BS III) 2009 Model diesel Car. (India)
I heard great about Volvoline Synthetic oil. But, Castrol GTD 15W/40 or HP Milcy 15W/40 as recommended Oil for TATA Indigo CS Diesel Engine.
Currently in my locality SHELL Helix HX5 & Volvoline Synthetic type oils are available in 15w40 Grade.
Can you please recommend one among these two?
if you feel that i must go by manufacturer recommended, please mention that also.

Thank you.
Regards,
Raghu

Dear Sir, Thank you, The information given by you is very valuable and useful for car users who don't have technical knowledge about Oils. I have a request from my end. I have Tata Indigo CS (TDI BS III) 2009 Model diesel Car. (India) I heard great about Volvoline Synthetic oil. But, Castrol GTD 15W/40 or HP Milcy 15W/40 as recommended Oil for TATA Indigo CS Diesel Engine. Currently in my locality SHELL Helix HX5 & Volvoline Synthetic type oils are available in 15w40 Grade. Can you please recommend one among these two? if you feel that i must go by manufacturer recommended, please mention that also. Thank you. Regards, Raghu
Guest - DheerajSikka on Saturday, 25 May 2019 01:14

My experience in car repairs is 25 years and I have used mobil, Castrol, elf, motul, shell in my garage. In present scenario shell HX5 SN grade is the best mineral oil but still I very strongly suggest you to go for shell ultra 5/40 and continue till you keep your car. It’s the best available these days out of any brand

My experience in car repairs is 25 years and I have used mobil, Castrol, elf, motul, shell in my garage. In present scenario shell HX5 SN grade is the best mineral oil but still I very strongly suggest you to go for shell ultra 5/40 and continue till you keep your car. It’s the best available these days out of any brand
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