Is Your Motor Oil a Quiet Killer?

About engine oil

When it comes time to buy motor oil, you may have noticed a number on the container. The numbers come in the following gradings…0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, and 60. This tends to throw off drivers. Most people see a higher number and think that it means it the best motor oil.

This is a misnomer. The gradings stand for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) viscosity levels. The best motor oil is not necessarily the most viscous. It all depends on what kind of motor you have in your vehicle.

There are not nearly as many people who know much about motor oil as there are drivers in America. Motor oil facts are not exactly readily available to consumers. If one wants to know how to find the best motor oil for their vehicle, they will have to put in a bit of research.

It is important to learn about motor oil standards, particularly if you wish to change your oil yourself. There are a few tips to keep in mind if you are trying to save some money by being a DIYer. The most important, however, is to not put too much oil into your vehicle. Even the best motor oil will cause parts of the crankshift to dip into the oil, which leads to churning air, resulting in foaming and fluctuations in oil pressure.

Having gotten this far, what makes the best motor oil? I believe the best answer to that question would be, “recycled motor oil.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), just two gallons of recycled motor oil is enough to run the electricity of an entire home for 24 hours.

People do not know how to harness what I call, “the best motor oil.” Motor oil gets dumped, and thrown away constantly. Sadly, the EPA estimates that 200 million gallons (757,082 liters) of motor oil are illegally dumped each year. This is how ecosystems are destroyed and species rendered extinct.

The best motor oil is motor oil that has been used responsibly. Man has a great responsibility that goes along with all of the great things we have achieved. Let us keep that in mind as we drive, shall we?

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