Types of Motor Oil

With several types of motor oil available, choosing the right one can depend on your car’s specifications as well as on other factors, such as your driving needs. Next time you come in for an oil change, ask your service professional about which type of oil is best for you.


Most drivers use this type of oil. It is made from crude oil and works best for late-model cars that do not get high mileage. If your vehicle is fairly new and you don’t spend a lot of time on the road, or otherwise subject it to a higher-than-typical load, conventional oil is likely the best option.

Synthetic Blend

This oil consists of a mix of conventional and synthetic oil (note: do not try creating such a mix on your own). It’s more affordable than pure synthetic oil but delivers some of its benefits such as additional engine protection and better performance.

Full Synthetic

This oil has a high level of resistance to oxidation and extreme temperatures. It offers added lubrication that reduces engine drag. These qualities make it a good fit for drivers who need top-level performance, and you’ll find it in many high-end, luxury vehicles. It may also help drivers who need to get around in very hot or cold climates. Older engines also tend to run smoother with synthetic oil, as there is less sludge build-up.

High Mileage

If your car has more than 75,000 miles on it, it can benefit from high mileage oil. It helps handle problems common to older engines such as emissions, leaks, excessive oil usage, and seepage.

Common Additives

Many oils also contain some additives that help improve engine performance and protection. These additives, and a few others, usually form between 5% and 30% of the fluid:

  • Antioxidants

  • Detergents

  • Friction modifiers

  • Corrosion and rust inhibitors

When drivers in Blacksburg, Virginia have questions about the best oil for their vehicles, the professionals at Campus Automotive are here to help. Give us a call or stop by our shop to set up your next oil change and ensure your vehicle is utilizing the best oil for its performance needs.

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