How To Read Your Car Motor Oil & Get The Most Out Of Your Vehicle

April 15th, 2022 by

How To Read Your Car Motor Oil & Get The Most Out Of Your Vehicle

If you’re like most drivers, you probably don’t bother reading the specs of your car motor oil until there’s a problem. And that’s too bad because understanding what the different parts of the code mean can help you take better care of your vehicle and get more life out of it.

Here at Mazda of Fort Walton Beach, we want to help our customers get the most out of their vehicles. That’s why we’re proud to offer a reliable oil change service that will keep your car running smoothly for years to come!

Keep scrolling for our expert tips on how to read car motor oil!

Why Do I Need to Read It?

This procedure might sound like a big fuss over nothing to some people. However, it is crucial to read car motor oil codes. Here are a few excellent and practical reasons why:

  • If you’re ever stranded on the side of the road, you’ll be able to tell the tow truck driver what kind of help your car needs.
  • You can monitor your car’s health and catch any minor problems before they become big ones.
  • Reading the oil label will help you find the right oil for your vehicle and avoid putting in something that might damage it over time.

In addition to the reasons above, it’s just good to know about your car’s inner workings. That way, you can be more hands-on with its care and maintenance.

What Is an Oil Grade?

Oil grades are a numerical rating that indicates your oil’s level of viscosity (or thickness). Viscosity is a measurement of how well an oil can flow through engine parts, especially at high temperatures and under pressure.

The higher the number in front of the “W” in an oil grade, the better it flows at cold temperatures.

The second number demonstrates the oil’s grade at average operating temperatures.

Oil grades are also labeled with the letters “SAE.” The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) developed this rating system to make it easier for consumers to understand oil viscosity and its ability to protect their engines.

What Are “Straight-Weight” and “Multi-Weight” Oils?

“Straight-weight” oils are single-grade oils that operate at a specific viscosity.

As the name suggests, “multi-weight” oils are blends of two or more grades of oil that offer a more comprehensive range of protection across different temperatures.

Which type of oil you should use in your car depends on its climate and the season. However, if you’re in Florida with warmer temperatures all year round, using a multi-weight oil is probably unnecessary.

What Oil Grade Is Best for My Car?

The easiest way to determine which oil grade is best for your car is to check the owner’s manual. It will list what grades are recommended for your vehicle under normal driving conditions and high temperatures.

If you don’t have an owner’s manual, you can also check your car’s oil cap. It should state what oil grades are recommended for use in the engine. Otherwise, you’ll find a sticker located on either your door sill or under the hood of the vehicle.


Still feeling a bit unsure about what oil to use for your car? Mazda of Fort Walton Beach is proud to serve Villa Tasso, FL, for all your needs. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and help you with your oil change.

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