FAQ

Why should I pay more for Synthetic Oil? Does it worth?

Yes, Definitely. Synthetic oil is nonetheless oil, though it is somewhat man-made. Synthetic oil is made from a base oil, powder additives, and a carrier oil that enforces an even distribution of the additives. Both synthetic oil and traditional motor oil are made from refining oil. The primary difference between synthetic oil and traditional oil is at the level of refinement. Synthetic oil technological advantages include uniform molecular size means less friction; refinement and engineering reduce deposits, additives boost protection and can clean engines; better function in cold and extreme weather; cleaner oil with fewer impurities etc.

Will thicker oil damage my engine?

Higher parts temperatures, more wear. Too thick or too thin oils can both be bad for engines, but the damage is neither immediate nor catastrophic; it just reduces overall engine life. At our Total Quarts Auto Care, our people will always recommend the right oil for your car! 

Which oil is thicker 10w30 or 10w40?

The viscosity of hot oil is measured using different test parameters than when the oil is cold, so the numbers after the “W” don't relate to the numbers in front of the “W”. The difference between 10W-30 and a 10W-40 is the high-temperature viscosity. Obviously, a 10W-40 is thicker than a 10W-30 at high temperature.

How does oil protect my engine?

There are a lot of ways. By cleaning the engine – TOTAL QUARTZ 9000 ENERGY 0W-40 is designed to prevent deposits from clogging up three-way catalytic converters. It has the best protection in its category against deposits in all circumstances. By removing heats- TOTAL QUARTZ RACING 10W60 provides low-temperature flow properties, circulates rapidly within the engine to minimize cold start up wear. It improves low-temperature engine efficiency over conventional mineral oil. By preventing corrosion and rust – TOTAL QUARTZ 9000 5W-40 helps to protect your hard-working engine components from corrosion beyond the normal oil-change interval; provides outstanding engine longevity.

What is Engine Oil made from?

Engine oils are made up of three important ingredients – base oils, viscosity modifiers and performance additives. It is a lubricating fluid used to reduce wear on moving parts of an internal combustion engine. In addition to providing lubrication, most modern engine oils also perform cleaning functions and cool the engines by diverting heat away from the moving parts of an engine.

Is it important to change oil and how often should I do this?

You should change your oil and filter at or before the end of oil-change intervals indicated by your vehicle manufacturer. Distance travelled or time can be the influencer. Regular oil changing helps to save fuel and provide the best protection for all of your engine components.

Why is the choice of Engine Oil so important?

Oil is the lifeblood of your car. If the wrong kind is used, the engine is at risk of increased wear and corrosion. By putting Total Fully Synthetic Technology Oils in the engine, you can makes engine start-ups easier; reduced mechanical frictions increases fuel efficiency thereby enabling longer journeys.

What does 5w30 oil mean?

In a 5W-30 for example, the number before the W describes the viscosity of the oil at low temperatures. The lower the number, the thinner the oil and the better the oil's cold temperature/ cold start performance. The number after the W describes how thick the oil is at the engine's normal operating temperature.

What does “W” mean in oil numbers?

In a 10W-40 for example the 10W bit (W = winter) simply means that the oil must have a certain maximum viscosity or flow at low temperature. The lower the "W" number the better the oil's cold temperature performance.

What is the difference in oil types?

5W-30 viscosity engine oil thickens less in the cold than a 10W-30, but more than a 0W-30. Frequent oil changes means there's less tendency to need other types of oil than conventional. However some car companies, like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, recommend only synthetic oil in their cars.

What happens if I put the wrong engine oil in my car?

The viscosity grade (10W-30, for example) is important. Use only what the owner's manual specifies. Using the wrong oil can lead to reduced lubrication and shorter engine life. If the manual says to use synthetic oil, do so.

What is Oil Viscosity?

Probably the most important property of oil lubricant is the absolute viscosity, which is a measure of the force required to move one layer of the oil film over the other. If the viscosity is too low, a protecting oil film is not formed between the parts. With high viscosity too much power is required to shear the oil film, and the flow of oil through the engine is retarded. Viscosity tends to decrease as temperature increases. Viscosity index (VI) is a number that indicates the resistance of an oil to changes in viscosity with temperature. The smaller the change in viscosity with temperature, the higher the viscosity index of the oil.

Is Synthetic Oil worth it?

Yes, because synthetic oil is better on your engine and has fewer impurities, it can go longer than conventional oils or synthetic blends.  Newer cars may be able to go 10,000 miles or only need an oil change once a year. Turbo engines and older cars may still require oil changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. 

What is the difference between 5w30 and 10w30 oil?

When to Use 10w30 vs 5w30. The only difference between these two oils is cold flow ability: a 10w30 oil will move slower than a 5w30 oil during cold startups. At operating temperatures, both oils will have the same viscosity (30) and will flow and protect identically.

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