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What you need to know about oil for your hybrid car

Hybrid cars are more popular than ever before. With the many benefits associated, and the increasingly low purchase price, it is no surprise that more people are switching to these vehicles. The two biggest selling points for hybrid cars are the low levels of emission emitted, and the excellent fuel-efficiency. However, one of the most important factors in maintaining the hybrid to ensure its performance lasts, is changing the oil.

Routine Engine Checks

Most hybrids are built to turn off instantly at red lights and other stop signs. These harsh operating conditions put a significant amount of stress on the engine, and this can speed up the manner that harmful deposits are added to the engine. Some people are happy to change the oil themselves by checking the car’s manual, while others prefer to visit their local mechanic. Either way, it’s important to know the oil that’s recommended for your hybrid car as this will help to keep the engine running well.

Synthetic Motor Oil

Using the wrong motor oil in your hybrid has some serious consequences, and can end up damaging the engine. That’s why it’s so important to use the right oil. A common recommendation is to use a synthetic oil with a thickness range of 0W-20 - that means that the oil shouldn’t be over the range of 20W viscosity grade (the fluid’s resistance to flow).

Synthetic oil is more expensive compared to traditional oil, but there are many advantages to using it. It creates a coating for the engine parts and keeps the abrasion at the minimum level, as well as helping to reduce the deposit of sludge. It also delivers a high level of protection to the engine parts and helps maximise your cars performance. To make sure you’re using the recommended oil, check the cars manual or speak with your local mechanic.

Less Frequent Oil Changes

As the electric motor gives the gasoline engine a break, the electric motor doesn’t experience as much wear and wear as the same engine in a traditional vehicle, which in turn means that there is a lower risk of engine failure. Also, using synthetic oil helps to extend the time between oil changes. Depending on how much you drive, you can drive anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 kilometres, or a period of six months (whichever comes first) between the oil changes.  

For more information on how to choose the right oil for your car, and the benefits of using a synthetic oil, contact the friendly team at QP Lubes today.