Which Brand of Oil Should I Be Using for My Toyota or Honda Vehicle?
Are you new to vehicle ownership and not sure what to do for maintenance? While no one expects you to take the vehicle completely apart and then put it back together again, you should be able to do a few basic tasks like checking and topping off the oil. Checking and topping the oil is extremely easy, but shopping for the right kind of oil can be challenging if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Which Brand of Oil Should I Buy for My Vehicle?
If you have ever been to an auto parts store or other retailer that sells engine oil (including Target, local home improvement or farm stores, and even Amazon), you know that you have an overwhelming number of options to choose from when it comes to brands. There is Royal Purple in the pretty purple bottle…and there is Pennzoil (which you have at least heard of)…and there is Valvoline (which you are almost certain is what your Dad uses)…and there is even Amazon’s own AmazonBasics brand! You also happen to notice that the prices. So is one brand better than the other?
Honestly, the brands are usually the same in terms of quality, though some drivers just prefer using a particular one. The most important thing to remember when shopping for engine oil is that you get the correct viscosity grade. Some of the most common engine oil grades for today’s vehicles are 5W-30 and 10W-30, though it may vary depending on the brand of your vehicle, the type of engine it has, the vehicle’s style/purpose (such as a compact car used for commuting versus a big pickup truck that frequently tows heavy loads), etc. Look in your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out the recommended oil viscosity grade.
What Does the SAE Mean on an Engine Oil Bottle?
Many engine oils – especially ones from the mid-range and top-of-the-line price points – will be marked with an “SAE” right before the viscosity grade. This stands for Society of Automotive Engineers. Think of this label as a stamp of approval and know that you are using a good quality oil.