Types of Oil

by Andrew Automoto2. January 2014 10:34

There are 3 different types of oil that all have different benefits for your vehicle and will full fill your vehicles needs. The type of oil you use in your vehicle is entirely up to you, however here are some of the benefits of all three types of Engine oil to help you decide:

Fully Synthetic (0W-30, 0W-40, 5W-40)

Fully synthetic oil is a thin oil that will offer protection to your engine from the moment the engine is turned on, which means that your engine is constantly protected. Generally used in Newer high performance vehicles.

  • Fuel economy savings
  • Protects the engine as soon as you turn the key
  • Superior protection in low tempreatures ie:-40°C
  • Enhances engine performance and power
  • Lasts up to 3 times longer than your conventional motor oil 
  • Ensure engine is protected from wear and deposit build-up

 Semi-synthetic (5W-30, 10W-40, 15W-40)

Semi-synthetic oil usually has 30% synthetic oil or less, so has many of the same properties as synthetic oil at a lower cost.

  • Engine cleanliness
  • Outstanding wear protection
  • Low temperature protection

Conventional motor oil (10W-40, 15W-40                  

Conventional Motor oils are a thicker oil, mainly used in older vehicles, or for vehicle that travel long distances.

  • Basic Protection for a variety of engines
  • For high temperature protection
  • Oil needs to be changed as recommended by the manufacturer.
Now you know what sort of oil to put in your car your next question will be what Brands of oil are out there.....

The most common oil brands bought throughout Australia are;

  • Valvoline
  • Penrite Automatic
  • Gulf Western
  • Mobil 1
  • Calibre
  • Castrol
  • Nulon
  • Shell Helix

Valvoline is Australia’s top supplier of automotive and industrial products, and has been around for over 40 years. Valvoline has a wide range of synthetic engines, coolers, filters, oils, lubricants and services worldwide.

Valvoline oil has all different types of oil for all different types for vehicles to ensure you’re using the correct oil for your vehicle


For the type and brand of oil that will best suite your vehicle check your owners manual, or find your local service centre or dealer on www.carservice.com.au

For information on how to change your oil go to - How to change oil.

For information on when to change your oil go to - Oil service.



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