What Kind of Oil Does My Subaru Need?

October 10th, 2022 by

When it comes to getting oil changes, it’s not as straightforward as you might think. There are many different types of oil, timelines for when to get it changed, and types of oil change services to choose from. Here’s a handy guide from Serra Subaru Champaign on how to navigate the world of engine oil, from how long you can go between services to when you may need a high-mileage oil change.

Why Do I Need My Oil Changed?

All combustion engines use oil to lubricate the engine’s parts so they function properly, and to reduce heat produced by the engine. But dirt and debris can build up in your engine’s oil, and if the oil itself wears down and stops cooling the engine, the results can be disastrous.

Your engine may overheat, which could cause your Subaru SUV to blow a gasket. Or the heat could warp crucial parts of the engine. Changing your oil regularly prevents these issues from happening.

What Kind of Oil Do I Need?

There are several different types of engine oil, but these are the basics:

  • Conventional oil: It’s produced with petroleum and needs to be changed most frequently.
  • Semi-synthetic oil: A mixture of fully synthetic and conventional oil, semi-synthetic oil can achieve better levels of performance than conventional alone.
  • Synthetic oil: This type of oil is man-made and processed to deliver the best results in engine performance, and it can go much longer than traditional oil without changing.

But there is another option: high-mileage oil. For vehicles over 75,000 miles, performance and maintenance issues aren’t uncommon. High-mileage oil is designed for older cars; it helps minimize leaks, decreases oil consumption and buildup, and can even help reduce emissions.

Where to Get an Oil Change

Your best bet for a quality high-mileage oil change in Illinois is right here at Serra Subaru Champaign. Our dedicated Subaru service center would be happy to schedule a visit, or you can schedule one yourself online.

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