Monday, January 6, 2014

Getting to Know Motor Oil and Transmission Fluid

Friction, whether between two people or two car parts, is never a good thing. The former issue may take a number of “interventions” to be resolved, but the latter only needs a fair amount of automotive lubricant. As a car owner, you ought to know that automotive lubricants come in various types and formulations, each for a specific purpose or car part. Here are two of the most common automotive lubricants that every driver must be familiar with:
Motor Oil
Motor oil is the one protecting your engine’s moving parts from overheating and deteriorating prematurely. Car experts recommend that motor oil be changed every 3,000 miles or 3 months (whichever comes first) to ensure optimum vehicle performance. Motor oil loses its integrity and becomes inefficient in lubricating the engine over time, so regular replacement is a must. Take note that changing your motor oil may need to be done by authorized service centers because there are rules to be followed when it comes to the proper disposal of used motor oil.
Transmission Fluid

Like your car’s engine, the transmission also has a fluid lubricant specially made for it. Transmission fluid makes sure that all moving parts in the transmission glides smoothly, stays cool, and remains free from corrosion. You can easily distinguish it from motor oil because transmission fluid is usually either red or green while motor oil is amber or dark brown.


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