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Mobil 1 believes that making an informed choice about which engine oil to use in your vehicle could contribute to substantial savings in fuel.
A recent survey conducted for Mobil 1 has revealed that two thirds of drivers are unaware which brand or grade of oil is recommended by their car’s manufacturer. The survey also discovered that out of the consumers who were aware of the oil going into their car’s engine, two out of three had experienced fuel economy benefits when using Mobil 1 as their preferred engine oil.
The survey of 1000 UK drivers revealed that 96 per cent of drivers simply don’t care which oil is used in their car or will just go with what the mechanic recommends, and even if they did care, research suggests that 65% of people wouldn’t know which oil viscosity grade was recommended by their vehicle’s manufacturer anyway.
Mobil 1 believes that choosing the right engine oil for your car can be vital in terms of the level of protection on offer. Conventional oil is simply refined crude oil whereas synthetic oil is not only refined, but it is also distilled and purified. This helps to provide better protection against wear, high heat, cold weather and sludge build-up, and ultimately helps your car’s engine run better for longer.
Tim Shallcross, Head of Technical Policy at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), said: “Engine oil works in the harshest of conditions. It must keep lubricating, cooling and cleaning your engine while being constantly hammered by huge pressures and exposed to temperatures ranging from the sub zero of a midwinter cold start to the searing heat of the combustion chamber. Manufacturers know the demands placed on the oil and that is why they are so specific in the grade and quality they recommend.”
He added: “Responsible owners must take an active role in their vehicle’s health and wellbeing by using the right components to keep the vehicle running safely, cleanly and smoothly, and oil is one of the most important components to get right. The wrong grade or specification can increase engine wear dramatically, risking expensive breakdowns as well as affecting the car’s value.”
Mobil 1 urges drivers to do a little research and talk to a mechanic to find out the right engine oil for their cars. It believes that the right engine oil could have a longer lasting effect not just on your car’s running capabilities but also on your wallet.
The Mobil website www.mobil1.co.uk has a helpful ‘oil selector tool’ for motorists where users simply input their vehicle registration number in order to discover which oil to use.