There are many types of engines out there, all fitted in different cars for different usage. Engines are normally available in two forms: normally-aspirated and force-inducted engines. Normally aspirated is pretty much our standard engines while force-inducted engines use either supercharging or turbocharging technologies to extract more power.

Some engines are offered in high-performance tune while some are dialed more for economical purposes. We also have two major fuel options including petrol and diesel. With that said, no matter what engine type you are talking about, lubrication is a very important part of the equation.

A well lubricated engine will perform better than one that is not. Engine lubricants such as Mobil 1 will ensure that vital moving parts in your engine work properly, even at high temperatures. However, different engines require different types of engine oil. One major variable is the viscosity. In this article, we have 3 vehicle examples and explanation by ExxonMobil on the difference in engine oil types for these different vehicles, rather informative if you ask me.

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Volkswagen Polo:

Suggestions from maintenance workshop:

For the Volkswagen Polo, the recommended Mobil engine oil is the Mobil 1 5W-40 which is a mineral lubricant. If the car is normally driven for long periods at high speeds, we suggest that it is adequate to choose the Mobil Super 1000 series, with products of different viscosities chosen based on different temperatures requirements. If it is often faced with traffic congestion in the city with frequent starts and stops, we will suggest changing to the Mobil Super 2000 series.

This engine oil series is formulated by using a new synthetic oil technology and can provide good anti-wear protection, prolong useful life of the engine and help to prevent formation of oil sludge due to pollutants while the car is caught in the traffic jam. It is thus suitable for cars used on congested roads.

Suggestions from Dr. Mobil:

As this is an economical car, the car owner will certainly be concerned with performance-price ratio. Mineral lubricant is made from petroleum drilled from the ground and its molecules have unstable structures. As such, conditions of high speed, high temperature and high load can easily lead to engine oil cracking and deterioration.

We believe that traffic congestion on the road is the number one killer of car engines and we suggest that Polo owners should use semi-synthetic or full synthetic engine oil products such as Mobil 1 or Mobil Super series. This will provide better protection for the engines and avoid high cost of repair due to engine damages.

Honda Accord:

Suggestions from maintenance workshop:

For Honda Accord owners, we normally recommend Silver Mobil, i.e. Mobil 1 full synthetic engine oil series. Using fully synthetic engine oil products with Supersyn anti-wear technology in the Honda can contribute to the smoother running of the engine and faster acceleration, thus greatly reducing engine oil consumption.

Based on actual driving experience by most car owners, it has been estimated that a 2.0-litre engine with an automatic gearbox using full synthetic engine oil can save 0.7 liters of fuel for every 100 km, compared to using ordinary mineral lubricant. With a mileage of 10,000 km supported by full synthetic engine oil, this can save fuel consumption by 70 liters, which is not bad when you buy the best full synthetic engine oil in the market.

Suggestions from Dr. Mobil:

Some Accord owners often mention engine oil heating and this is mainly due to serious wear and tear of the engine. Faced with such a situation, car owners should promptly send their cars to the repair workshop for checks and specific repairs. In general, to avoid engine oil heating, it is necessary to use standard and suitable lubricant oil with regular change.

By using full synthetic engine oils developed based on Poly Alpha Olefins (which allows the oil to remain in liquid form) and new additive formula, such as Mobil 1, it is possible to effectively reduce and avoid such a phenomenon. At the same time, the air filter should be cleaned and changed regularly.

Chrysler Jeep:

Suggestions from maintenance workshop:

It is best for Jeep models to use Mobil 1 with 5W-30. This Mobil 1 engine oil uses high-function synthetic PAO and a unique additive system. Normally, the engine can still run smoothly without any abnormal noise even after it has reached 5,000 km. Its interval for oil change can be extended to 7,000 or even 10,000 km (for warranty period, we suggest to follow specifications in car user manual).

Suggestions from Dr. Mobil:

In general, for off-road vehicles, the engines are often in high-gear, high-torque, working conditions. High temperature wear and tear and carbon deposition are critical factors for these engines. As such, high standards are required from the engine oil used, for example, good tolerance for high temperature and anti-oxidation, good detergent-dispersant function, good lubricant film characteristics and so on.

For these off-road vehicles with petrol engines, the use of engine oils of SH, SJ or higher grades can satisfy the special demands. For those with diesel engines, the use of lubricant oils of CF-4, CH-4 or higher grades should be recommended. As the road conditions for these vehicles are poorer and the driving environments are tougher, the use of fully synthetic engine oil can provide better protection for the engines.

Well there you have it, all you need to know about how different engines that require different types of engine oil :) Don’t forget to take part in the contest below to put your self in the running to win some prizes from Mobil.