Engine Lubrication: Secrets Revealed

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Changing the oil, a common task all of us are familiar with. We go to the mechanic and he tells us we need an oil change

There are a lot of confusions surrounding the subject of engine lubrication, let’s take a closer look at them.

The Little Engine that Could  
To know about the importance of engine oil, it is first important that we figure out what it does. Let’s take The Little Engine that Could as an example. So we all know the story of this little engine who overcame a seemingly impossible task by putting its heart into it and saying “I think I can”. Unfortunately that’s not how it really works, at least not for engines anyways. 

In reality, engines need more than just moral support, they need lubrication. Friction is your engine’s worst enemy. The more opposing forces your engine has to face, the more energy it uses. All this excess work ends up causing unnecessary wear and tear to your engine in addition to using a surplus of fuel to run normally. 

Myth Busted! 
Now that we know the importance of engine oil, let’s look at some common misconceptions regarding it.

3,000 Miles? Time to Change the Oil, Right? 
Wrong! Yes, we all know the basic rule for changing the oil; 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. But does this still apply? Though this may have been a very valid rule back in the day, times have changed. There are now more advanced engines and very high quality lubricants like that of Ultimo GT. This advancement in technology has changed the need for frequent oil changes and has lessened the burden of car maintenance. You can now stretch the distance between oil changes to 5,000 or sometimes even 10,000 miles (depending on your model and driving habits).

Darkening Oil = Bad 
So you dip the dipstick to check your oil and find out that it is darker than when you first poured it in, any reason to worry? No! Actually, you should be happy. If the oil has gotten darker, it means that it is doing its job. Obviously you don’t want it to get too dark, but don’t base your oil changes on the color of the oil. Just follow the manufacturer recommended intervals to decide on when to schedule your next oil change. 

Want Best Performance? Use Additives! 
It’s quite obvious, it you want your engine to work at its best, you should use additives, right? Actually, yes, you should. So how is this a myth? The myth is that you need to add additives in addition to your oil. What you may not know is that the additives are already incorporated into the oil that you buy off the shelves. No need to add them in separately. 

So now you know the secrets of engine lubrication and the importance of high quality lubricants. Okay, so they may not be something that you find in area 51, but they are useful nonetheless. So the next time you are thinking (or are not thinking) of getting an oil change, be sure to keep these things in mind.

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