Motor Oil Fact vs. Fiction

Whether buying your first vehicle or buying one of the newest models, you may have heard rumors about motor oil. However, some of the information is actually untrue. You might have heard that the "w" on oil labels similar to 10w/30 signifies the weight of the oil. However, that is not true. The letter in fact means winter. The viscosity or thickness of the oil changes with outdoor temperature. So, the first number tells you how thick the oil is in cold weather.

Another falsehood involves the color of the oil. Some are under the impression that the oil must be changed at the service shop once the color changes from amber to a darker hue. This too is false. The color change simply means that the oil is functioning as needed by absorbing dirt and other contaminants that can harm engines.

Finally, some mechanics recommend oil changes every 3,000 miles or so. If you're driving a vehicle less than 20 years old, you may be able to stretch that out some more. Many modern vehicles now get 5,000-7,000 miles before needing an oil change. You can find this information in your owner's manual. You do not need to change the oil more frequently than recommended.

When it's time for fresh oil, we invite you to schedule your Honda maintenance at DCH Honda of Temecula!

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