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Motor oil is the key to keeping your vehicle performing its best while ensuring you avoid unnecessary maintenance costs. There are countless types of motor oil available to drivers, spanning all shapes and sizes of vehicle, so getting clued up on motor oil – what it is, how to use it, how to choose the correct type and so forth – is a great idea for motorists.

Scroll down to learn more about motor oil, view Total’s range of car oils or visit Total Lub Advisor to find the right oil for your car.

 

What is motor oil used for and what are its benefits 

Motor oil is a crucial part of every engine, ensuring that components work properly and are safe from wear, excess heat, corrosion and more. Using the right motor oil can reduce maintenance costs, boost engine performance and even decrease fuel consumption, plus a whole range of additional benefits.

Learn what motor oil is used for and its benefits

 

What are the differences between synthetic oil and mineral oil? 

When selecting a motor oil, drivers can choose from mineral, semi-synthetic and synthetic oils. Mineral oils, used in older vehicles, are typically used for classic and vintage motors, and typically cost less than synthetic oils, which are comprised of man-made compounds and additives. Semi-synthetic oils have a combination of synthetic and mineral oils.

Learn the differences between synthetic and mineral oils

 

How to check and change your motor oil 

Given how important motor oil is to the safe and efficient function of your engine, it’s important that drivers can check their vehicle’s oil level, and both change and top up their motor oil. In this guide we explore why drivers should check and top up their oil and provide easy-to-follow instructions on how to do perform top-ups and changes.

Learn how to check and change your motor oil

 

Motor oil viscosity grades explained 

Motor oil viscosity grades are used to differentiate between different motor oils. The viscosity grade (such as 5W40), notes how the oil flows within the engine in cold, winter temperatures (the number before the W) and hot, summer ones (the number following the W). Multigrade oils include both numbers, while monograde oils read as either ‘SAE xW’ for winter oils or ‘SAE x’ for summer oils. For more in-depth info, view our explainer guide below.

Motor oil viscosity grades explained

 

What is motor oil composed of? 

All motor oils differ in composition, being formed by a range of mineral oils, synthetic compounds and additives that afford oils diverse features and capabilities. In our guide, learn how mineral, semi-synthetic and synthetic motor oils differ in composition and about the various types of oil additives commonly used, plus their roles within the engine.

Learn what motor oil is composed of

 

Understanding motor oil standards 

Motor oil standards are used to specify the composition and use of different motor oils. These include the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association’s ACEA oil standard, the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) standard and the API (American Petroleum Institute) standard. Our guide explains what these standards are used for and how they differ.

Understand motor oil standards

 

Total have a several premium ranges of motor oils for cars covering all makes and models. Contact our team for more information or visit Lub Advisor to find the right motor oil for your car.