Oil Change: smooth operator

Regular oil change guarantees long life of your vehicle’s engine and improves its performance.

Why does my car need motor oil?

Motor oil protects your engine:

  • against wear during cold starts,
  • against corrosion,
  • against overheating by cooling down the engine,
  • it also keeps your engine clean.

How often should I have the oil changed?

The best way of knowing how often to change the oil is to check your car’s manual. The manufacturers indicate the ideal interval in function of technical performance of the oil and the engine’s characteristics.

For vehicles manufactured before 2000, we advice you to change oil every 7,500 – 15,000 km. For the vehicles manufactured after 2000, the period between oil changes can be longer 15,000 – 30,000 km.

Whatever vehicle you have, we advise you to change oil at least once a year to insure efficiency and optimal performance of the engine.

However, if you often make short trips, it is advisable to change oil more often.

How often should I have the oil filters changed?

  • For vehicles manufactured before 2000, we advise you to change oil filters every 7,500 – 15,000 km.
  • For vehicles manufactured after 2000, change oil filters every 15,000 – 30,000 km.
  • Follow the instructions of your vehicle manual (car manufacturer).

It is recommended to change the filter each time you change oil.

How often should I check the oil level?

We recommend you to check the oil level at least once a month or every 1,000 kilometres.

How do I choose the right oil for my car?

Your car’s manual will indicate which type of motor oil your engine needs. Your First Stop specialist will be happy to help you if you need any help.

Can I mix different brands of motor oil?

Yes. All oil that complies with the international standards can be mixed. Make sure to respect the minimum quality required by the manufacturer.

How do I read the label on oil cans?

The abbreviations indicate important information on the type and quality of the oil. Here’s an example:

Shell Helix Ultra SAE 5W-30

SAE is the Society of Automotive Engineers. This association classifies oil according to the viscosity of the product. There are six types of winter and five types of summer oil. The letter W corresponds to winter. The lower the number before the W, the thinner the oil is in cold temperatures. In general, this makes it easier to start the engine when it’s cold, but modern oil can be used for both seasons. The number after the oil gives more information about the thickness of the oil when the engine is hot, which is important in the summertime. As a general rule, you could say that the higher the SAE number is, the higher the viscosity or thickness of the oil.

Can I add extra additives?

This is not recommended. We only use top quality oil that contains all the necessary additives your engine needs. External additives can lower the performance of your engine.

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