There’s certainly one question we hear more than any other when drivers come for a Ford oil change at Folsom Lake Ford: “What type of oil do I need?”. We’re reviewing the different types of oil available, as well as which is best for your Ford car, truck, or SUV.

What are the Different Types of Oil?

There are four basic types of engine oil: conventional, synthetic, synthetic blend, and high-mileage. These types have many differences, but there are a few main distinctions that truly set them apart.

  • Conventional Oil: Offered in a range of viscosities. It’s best for vehicles with a simple engine design.
  • Synthetic Oil:  Has fewer impurities than conventional oil and typically includes higher performing additives. More and more new vehicles require synthetic oil, particularly high-performance options.
  • Synthetic Blend: Utilizes a combo of synthetic and conventional oil. This is beneficial to transition from one type of oil to the other.
  • High-Mileage: Best for older models or any with over 75,000 miles. It is specially made to help with engine leaks and other potential issues with older vehicles.

What Type of Oil Do I Need?

Your owner’s manual will let you know the best type of oil for your specific vehicle. It will give you the recommended viscosity rating for your oil, which essentially shows you how easily your oil flows in a given temperature. Keep in mind, there are outside factors that can affect your owner’s manual recommendation including your driving conditions, your mileage, and our climate.  

Is your Ford vehicle overdue for an oil change? Are you still uncertain which type of oil is best for you? Contact our Ford dealership serving Rancho Cordova, CA today – we’re happy to help!