Car oil is an important component of travel support. So, in order for the vehicle to run optimally, care must be taken to choose the right oil.
Car oil is a component that affects the quality of driving. Even if your car changes oil often, choosing the wrong oil can impact more serious damage in the future. Reporting from the official Suzuki site, consider some tips on choosing the best auto oil to keep your vehicle in peak driving condition.
1. Check vehicle specification and required oil
There are many models of car engines marketed in Indonesia. Ranging from petrol engines, diesel engines, to cars with a combination of conventional engines and electric motors known as hybrid cars.
Every car has different engine specifications. Therefore, even cars have different oil specifications. Starting from the viscosity level of the oil up to how many liters of oil are needed. This information can be found in the vehicle handbook. Or you can also consult an authorized garage to choose the oil that best suits your car’s specifications.
2. Choose a certified oil
In addition to the motor oil offered by official workshops, there are many other types of oil on the market. Setia poly has its own certification. Even if they are different, the certification given does not have much influence on the quality of the oil. The most important thing is to choose a certified oil to ensure the quality of the oil given to your vehicle.
Check the car oil specifications on the outside of the package
However, to make your choice easier, here are different types of standards or codes on oil packaging that refer to the certification and production of oil:
- SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) code: This code refers to the association that performs standardization on various engineering projects and artifacts. Examples of SAE codes in Indonesia are 10W-30, 20W-50 or 20W-40. This code can be considered an international standard for oil viscosity.
- API Code (American Petroleum Institute): As the name suggests, oil with an API code refers to the quality of the oil as determined by an American institution. Oil with an API code is usually followed by two additional codes, namely API CH which is used more as diesel engine oil and API SN for petrol engines.
- JASO (Japanese Automotive Standard Association) code: JASO is a Japanese institution that standardizes oil quality. Unlike the previous two codes, the oil with the JASO code is more suitable for use on motorcycles.
3. Pay attention to the authenticity of the oil
There are many rogue repair shops selling fake vehicle oil. In fact, the price offered is much cheaper than the original price of oil, but the quality is much lower. Especially if used for a long time it can have a negative impact on the health and quality of the car engine.
Original car oil is usually lighter and thinner
There are many ways you can go about distinguishing fake oil from the real one. The easiest way is to check if the oil seal cap is still tightly closed or there is an indication that it has been opened. You can also look for logos and holograms that many manufacturers use to mark the authenticity of the oil they sell.
Also, most faux oil paints have a cloudier appearance than real oil which appears clearer and more watery. You may also notice an odor in the oil. Oil with an odor that is “butek” or tends to have a strong odor is believed to be fake oil.
4. Check the viscosity level of the oil
Another thing to consider when choosing an oil is its viscosity level. Engine oil is divided into three levels, namely diluted, medium and thick. Each is intended for machines with different engine qualities.
The shock oil viscosity level should be adjusted according to engine performance
The lower the viscosity level of an oil, or the thinner it is, the easier it is for automotive oil to flow over engine components, even in cold temperatures. Meanwhile, the thicker oil will be more optimal for engines that have relatively higher temperatures.
For example, for 20W-50 coded automotive oil which has SAE50 viscosity, the oil can still flow and not freeze even if the engine is at -20 degrees. This type of oil is suitable for cars that are at high altitudes or when driving in cold and relatively snowy temperatures.
The latest car oil prices
The price of car oil varies greatly depending on the viscosity level of the existing oil. Here are some car engine oil prices per liter in various online stores that you can get.
Pertamine Prima XP SAE 20W-50 1L
Pertamine Fastron SAE 10W-40 1L
Pertamine Fastron Gold SAE 0W-20 1L
Pertamine Fastron Gold SAE 5W-30 1L
Shell Helix HX3 SAE 20W-50 1L
Shell Helix HX6 SAE 10W-40 1L
Shell Helix HX8 SAE 5W-30 1L
Shell Helix Ultra SAE 0W-20 1L
Total Quartz 3000 SAE 20W-50 1L
Total Quartz 7000 SAE 10W-40 1L
Total Quartz 9000 SAE 5W-30 1L
Total Quartz 8000 SAE 0W-20 1L
Mobil Special SAE 20W-50 1L
Supermobile 2000 X2 SAE 10W-40 1L
Mobil Super 2000 SAE 5W-30 1L
Mobil Super 3000 SAE 0W-20 1L
Motul Multi Power SAE 20W-50 1L
Motul Multigrade Plus SAE 10W-40 1L
Motul H-Tech 100 Plus SAE 5W-30 1L
Motul H-Tech 100 Plus SAE 0W-20 1L