You drive to and from work every day. The only car related questions that come up are, “Do I need to get gas?” and, when that light is blinking at you and you are not quite certain what it means, “How often should I change my oil?” A lot more goes into running your car than you might think, especially when it comes to oil.
Many people look for the best motor oil, or set out to purchase motor oil cheap. The Society of Automotive Engineer (SAE) tries to make this easier for drivers, rating viscosity characteristics on a scale ranging from 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 or 60 or, simply put, from low to high viscosity. Viscosity that is too low can leave important car parts under lubricated, while a viscosity that is too high risks important parts moving too slowly or even getting stuck. It is selfish, however, to purchase oil based on viscosity alone. Why?
Did you know that U.S. cars produce over 1.3 billion of used oil every single year? That figure is alarming, especially considering that only 10 to 15% of American oil is recycled. By comparison, Europe recycles up to 50% of its used motor oil. Purchasing recycled oil can drastically reduce your ecological footprint. In fact, one gallon of used oil will produce 2.5 quarts of high quality automotive motor oil. The same amount, brand new, would take up to 42 gallons of crude oil.
The next time you find yourself asking, “How often should I change my oil?” know what viscosity works best for your particular car and engine, and purchase recycled oil. See this link for more: www.motoroilmatters.org