Should I buy expensive engine oil?
If you have an older car or truck in which you've been using Walmart oil, maybe not. However, if you have a car or truck that you would like to extend the engine life, a high-quality oil like Schaeffer's can really help. You can think of engine oil as the lifeblood for your engine.
The purchase price of a new vehicle can be very daunting. A new diesel pickup can be priced well above $80,000! After you negotiate the price, they always add sales tax, license, and the infamous document preparation fee. If you are not paying with cash, but making monthly payments, take a look at that finance charge! Ouch! Okay, sometimes you can get zero interest, but typically not if you buy a used truck or car.
Common sense tells us it almost always pays, in the long run, to maintain your vehicles in top condition. You can think of purchasing premium quality engine oil as a great R.O.I (return on investment). Many of us remember the phrase, “You can pay me now or pay me later.”!
We all know the primary purpose of engine oil is to lubricate the inside of your engine. A premium engine oil is also designed to provide a number of other significant benefits that you might not think about. All engine oils are not created equal despite what you may have read from other blogs and heard from so-called experts.
One advantage of using premium engine oils (blended with the right amount of moly and other friction modifier additives) is that they will provide additional fuel economy benefits over a basic conventional or synthetic oil. You can expect an increase of 3-5% MPG and sometimes even more over lesser oils. Some oil companies (like Schaeffer) have even documented this benefit (conducted at independent testing facilities) for their customers. The savings achieved by stopping less often at the fuel pump is a benefit we can all appreciate.
Yes, high-quality premium oils can initially cost more. However, they will maintain the correct viscosity, and the additive packages will perform for a more extended period. This is because they will start with premium base oils, which is the most essential feature of any lubricant. Then the additive package is designed for stability under harsh and extreme conditions.
This combination can also reduce operating temperatures which is very important during high-stress operating conditions. Higher quality oils will also resist oxidation which is the breakdown of the oil and additives during high temperatures. High temperatures accelerate the oxidation rate, leading to an unwanted increase in the oil's viscosity and deposits of varnish and sludge.
Another benefit you should expect is strong detergency. High detergency will keep your engine clean and reduce varnish, gunk, and sludge. It's common sense, and you know that by keeping your engine cleaner, it will perform better. The oil will flow better, providing all the benefits it is designed for.
Don't forget to consider if you live in an area where the winter temperatures fall below freezing; a premium quality oil will help your cold engine start easier. Those friction modifiers are plated to the internal moving metal parts to prevent metal on metal wear during start-up. The oil will start flowing faster to provide protection right away to all those moving parts.
Here's the bottom line. When your oil lasts twice as long, it actually costs the same or less to use. After you factor in the cost of the new filter and the value placed on your time and effort, you are time and money ahead. And don't forget about the fuel savings.
Buying and using a premium oil like Schaeffer's, is probably one of the least expensive maintenance and smartest items on your "to-do" list.
Hmmm, that bargain oil might not be such a bargain after all!
Here is a Schaeffer oil youtube video link to a million-mile gas engine teardown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDF1zcaxrNU.
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Have you ever had a million-mile engine? Would you like to?