Does oil quality matter


Most people are aware that regular oil changes are important for a vehicle's upkeep. A good goal for oil changes is roughly every 5,000 to 6,000 miles (or sooner), but do you know why oil changes are important? Some people may not know, and there's always the possibility of using the wrong type of oil for your vehicle. To learn more about oil quality and why it matters, keep reading!

  • Modern Oil
  • To ensure you're getting the best quality oil, look for the API service symbol (shaped like a donut) or the API certification mark (shaped like a starburst). SM oil is the highest rated oil, as it's engineered to improve a vehicle's rust-resistance and help keeps your engine clean from too much buildup. Be sure to look for these qualifications, as there are still lower quality oils on the market.

  • Oil Types
  • There are two main types of car oils: conventional and synthetic. Conventional oil tends to be less expensive, and it's fine to use in most engines. However, some engines (such as engines in luxury or performance vehicles) require synthetic oil. So, what's the difference between conventional and synthetic oils? Synthetic oils go through extra refinement processes, and it's better suited for fine-tuned engineering. Blended oils also exist on the market for more unique vehicle needs like those with high-mileage or turbocharged engines.

  • What's Right for You?
  • Review your owner's manual for the proper type of oil for your vehicle. Your vehicle's owner's manual is a great tool for learning about the specific needs of your vehicle. Also, you can rest assured that our service technicians know exactly the best type of oil for your vehicle, even down to the specified weight.

    Need an oil change? Schedule your appointment today, and we'll get your oil change taken care of for you.

    If you're in need of an oil change or routine maintenance, come see us at Cooper Motor Company at 305 E Main St., Clinton, SC 29325. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Clinton, SC, and from Laurens and Fountain Inn.