One Simple Step to Saving Thousands on Car Repairs

One Simple Step to Saving Thousands on Car Repairs

One step to saving thousands

We all know that car engines need lubricants to function properly, but how does motor oil actually affect your car’s performance?

A motor oil’s main function is to lubricate the engine, easing the strain on its various parts and preventing too much friction and overheating while in use. However, the longer the period between oil changes, the more risk of dirt and sediment accumulating in your engine, consequently affecting your car’s fuel efficiency and overall performance.

Simply choosing the right lubricant oil can drastically increase the life span of your engine. But oil issues remain the most common and most potentially costly car maintenance problem drivers take for granted.

A good quality oil benefits you and your car in many ways:

  • Reduces engine wear between start up and the time the engine reaches optimal temperature
  • Increased engine life
  • Reduced friction of moving parts resulting in fuel and maintenance savings as well as better engine performance

Every vehicle owner should keep in mind that the right type of lubricant is vital if you want your car to function the way you need it to:

  • It helps cool engine hot spots and moving parts
  • It ensures the engine’s parts remain clean
  • It improves seal effectiveness in engines
  • It protects the engine’s inner surfaces against corrosion

It’s not an exaggeration to say that oil is your car’s lifeblood. Without it, your engine will become damaged and cease functioning. In which case the best scenario would be about AED 10,000 or more in repairs, and in the worst case, the price of a brand-new car. Faced with these scenarios, a regular oil change service and a premium lubricant are the more cost-effective choices.

Now that we understand just how important lubricant is to a car’s performance, it’s time to ask the tough questions: what lubricant should you use and how can you be sure it’s right for you?

Several factors can affect how well your car operates even with the right lubricant. Where, when and how often you drive are the first things you should consider.

The climate of the area you typically drive in is perhaps the key factor in choosing the right motor oil for your car. Heat is especially damaging to your car’s engine as it quickly breaks down motor oil, causing it to evaporate and leave behind residue that clogs the engine, causing it to misfire, reduce its power and increase fuel consumption.

The climate of the area you typically drive in is perhaps the key factor in choosing the right motor oil for your car. Heat is especially damaging to your car’s engine as it quickly breaks down motor oil, causing it to evaporate and leave behind residue that clogs the engine, causing it to misfire, reduce its power and increase fuel consumption.

In the city, rush-hour traffic is a twice daily nightmare. And while you stop-start your car or stay idle during a gridlock, your engine continues to heat your motor oil, deposits and sludge continue to form, not to mention that you’re burning a tankful of fuel even while you stay stuck in one place for up to 30 minutes at a time. Your car engine would fare better even in extremely long distances on a relatively traffic-less freeway.

During normal usage, your car typically sits idle overnight, causing the engine oil to sink, which in turn affects start up as it might take some time for the oil to reach all the areas of the engine that needs to be lubricated. Here, a multi-grade oil works better because it is more versatile in a wider range of temperatures. The multi-grade TOTAL Quartz 9000, for example, is more fluid at low temperatures and reaches various engine components quickly. It also provides greater protection at both low and high temperatures, maintaining optimum viscosity over the engine operating temperature range. So, in the UAE, where summers tend to be extremely hot in the city and more temperate in the wadis and desert, you won’t have to change your oil more often than the recommended every 9,000 kilometers, saving you both time and money.

On the other hand, if you enjoy off-road driving or make long trips at least once a week, you will need an exceptionally high-performance lubricant specially formulated for more demanding conditions as well as sporty, high-speed and all-season driving. A 100% synthetic engine oil like the TOTAL Quartz 4x4 15w-50, for example, with its excellent anti-wear properties would be perfect for you to use, with the added benefit of increases horsepower and longer oil change intervals.

These are just the major factors to consider when choosing the lubricant best suited for your use. The bottom line is a high-quality motor oil, despite the initially higher price point, can save you thousands of dirhams in service and repairs costs in the long run. This will ensure that your car performs its best no matter what your driving conditions, and can save you money in terms of not needing a replacement for years to come.

It is highly recommended that you consult your car manufacturer’s manual for the specifications and viscosity of the engine oil required, and do a little more research according to your own needs and preferences. Professional advice from a reliable service provider such as TOTAL Rapid Oil Change Centers can go a long way in saving your time, effort and, more importantly, money. But don’t wait till your engine starts to perform sluggishly or makes weird, irregular noises before you schedule an oil change. And definitely don’t entrust your such an important appointment to your car’s Change Engine Oil light.