Super Slick at Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold: Synthetic Oil
Posted on December 17,15 by napademo
When you get an oil change, it’s always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the car maker recommends. But sometimes we’re asked if we’d like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for Thorold car owners.
Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil is either more highly refined petroleum or completely man-made. Its molecules are more uniform. This provides essential advantages over conventional motor oil.
First of all, the molecular structure of synthetic motor oil makes it more slippery than conventional oil so it lubricates better. This translates to better wear protection for Thorold drivers, cooler operating temperatures, more engine power and increased MPG.
Further, synthetic oil is more heat-resistant than conventional oil, and it doesn’t vaporize as easily. It provides better protection for severe conditions like stop-and-go driving around Thorold and very hot or freezing Ontario temperatures.
Also, synthetic oil doesn’t generate dangerous oil sludge like conventional oil. This prevents small engine passageways from becoming clogged, which can significantly extend the working life of your SUV engine.
Manufacturers are aware of the advantages of synthetic oil, and many of them are using it to fill their SUVs before delivering them to be sold. Many automobile manufacturer's owner’s manuals now come with the recommendation to use only synthetic oil. Because synthetic oil wears better and protects better than conventional motor oil, it can be changed less often. If your SUV came with a recommendation for synthetic oil, you may have noticed that the recommended period between oil changes is longer than what you’re used to. However, if you switch to conventional oil, you need to be aware that you can’t follow this longer service interval. You’ll have to change your oil more often.
On the other hand, if you are using conventional oil and you switch to synthetic oil, you may be able to lengthen the time between oil changes. You can speak with your knowledgeable Hartzel Automotive & Marine service advisor. He can offer you good auto advice about oils and service intervals based on your driving habits and requirements.
Oil changes are the hallmark of important preventive maintenance at Hartzel Automotive & Marine. All Thorold car owners need them. So we should get excited about a product that reduces how often we need them. Synthetic oil is more pricey, yes, but it can pay for itself by lasting longer than conventional oil. And when you add in the hidden savings of an extended engine life and improved gas mileage, not to mention increased engine power, there’s a good chance that synthetic oil actually saves in the long run. All Thorold car owners pay for car care. But understanding what we’re paying for can make us more savvy shoppers.
The Hartzel Automotive & Marine Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle
Posted on December 12,14 by napademo
The automotive professionals at Hartzel Automotive & Marine would like to give Thorold drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, cars are becoming more sophisticated everyday - and fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.
The Thorold do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their pickup with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many Ontario car owners rely on the advice of their knowledgeable Hartzel Automotive & Marine service specialist to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their car and their driving habits in the Thorold area.
Let's start with engine oil. Thorold auto owners who have been paying attention, will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the Ontario scene in the last several years. Modern engines are built to much tighter tolerances and have very complicated valve trains. The oil must be thin enough to lubricate complicated parts when the engine is cold. The weight of an oil is expressed in terms like 20-W-50 or 5-W-30. The automobile manufacturers recommend the weight of oil for each vehicle they make. The recommendation is based on engine design. Your Thorold service center will know what weight your vehicle manufacturer recommends - and it's important to follow those recommendations. Your service professional at Hartzel Automotive & Marine can also offer suggestions for special formulations and can tell you all about conventional and synthetic oils. Antifreeze, or engine coolant, is another area that has become more complicated. For a long time, auto manufacturers only recommended a couple of different types of coolant. Now, several different formulations are needed because of the high-tech materials that auto makers are using to build the cooling system. Using the wrong type of coolant in your pickup or other vehicle can actually void your warranty, so it's vital to get that right.
Transmission fluid is becoming specialized for Thorold vehicles as well. New transmission designs have particular requirements that require specific formulations. Recently, new, somewhat confusing, standards for brake fluid have also been released.
Not too long ago, there was a good chance that all of the vehicles at your Thorold house would use many of the same fluids. However, as automotive technology advances, the array of basic automotive fluids Ontario drivers need will grow. And, some of the formulations will cost a little more for Thorold motorists. Fortunately, Hartzel Automotive & Marine will continue to update their training to keep pace with technology so that you'll get the right fluids your car needs. It's all part of the commitment we make to your driving peace of mind.
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