Why the right oil matters

Oil cap (1024x683)Oil is to a car engine what water is to human beings, and is used to lubricate all the internal moving parts as well as keep the engine cool. MANNOL UK, the fast-growing lubricants and spare parts supplier, advises garages and technicians on why using the right oil is crucial for their customers.

Depending on the vehicle and the type of oil in it, historically speaking cars had to change oil every 3,000 miles; however, nowadays it can be up to 30,000 miles. Regardless of this extension to the original recommended oil change intervals, it is still important to remind customers to check their engine oil levels between oil changes. On infrequent occasions, the engine can fail due to low oil level and lack of lubrication; furthermore, using the wrong oil can lead to the engine being clogged with sludge and varnish, which can cause even more damage.

Sensing an oil change

The oil level sensor warns the driver when the engine oil level is critically low, but sometimes, the sensor itself can be faulty. For that reason, it is important to check the oil level during the vehicle’s service. If the level is dirty or the interval has nearly expired, recommending an oil change is a wise move. If the oil appears clean but the level is low, always inspect the engine and oil filter for leakage or other signs of oil consumption and make the appropriate service recommendations.

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Oil life issues

Neglected oil change intervals can ruin any motor oil. As oil accumulates miles, it becomes contaminated and forms sludge. Cold engine operation accelerates the formation of sludge; conversely, at high speeds, sludge can often clog the oil filter.

Starving the system

Poor oil change habits can also lead to oil oxidising in the engine, leaving contaminants and deposits to form and over time, becoming sludge. Heavily sludged oil will clog many more parts of the engine’s system so it can’t perform its actual job of lubricating parts, which can then lead to oil starvation in the motor. Oil starvation potentially causes many parts of the engine to be seriously damaged, and can even cause catastrophic engine failure where a complete engine replacement may be necessary.

Flush out engine problems

To supplement oil changes, it may be necessary to add an engine flush before changing the oil. This will remove oil sludge deposits in lubricating areas with the oil change, therefore reducing sludge build-up and ensuring the lubricating system stays cleaner for longer.

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Add value and peace of mind

Asking owners to consider an extra bottle of one litre motor oil to be kept in their car offers them peace of mind. It also means they are being advised on storing the correct oil – the wrong oil is often worse than no oil at all! It’s worth stressing that even if it’s fairly easy to get to a garage when the oil-level warning lamp is flashing, getting the right motor oil on the spot is not always possible and even if it is, it can be costly. And should the spare not be needed, it can be used for the next oil change.

For various reasons, many people take the cheap option when choosing engine oil. However, in the long run, using the right oil, as well as advising your customers to do the same, will always cost less than expensive repairs and in particular, replacing or rebuilding their engine.

Find out more

For further information on MANNOL UK and its extensive product portfolio, please call 01908 320458 or email the team via sales@aslanol.co.uk. Alternatively, please visit www.mannol.co.uk. You can also contact the company via Twitter and follow @MannolUK to find out up-to-date news.                                                                        

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Claire Brown or Kimberley Hornby, Hornby Whitefoot PR

Tel: 07787 505963         E-mail:claire@hornbywhitefootpr.co.uk

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MANNOL UK, established in October 2013, is a fast-growing lubricants and spare parts supplier aimed at established motor factors, retail shops, buying groups and regional distributors. During the company’s first year of trade it achieved £350,000 in sales, and a 1000% sales growth of £3.4 million in 2014 with more than 2.5 million litres of oil sold in the UK and IE alone.

The company now operates from its 32,500 sq.ft warehouse in Milton Keynes from where it offers an overnight service across England, Scotland and Wales and a 48 hour service to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. In 2016, it plans to open a new warehouse in Glasgow in response to demand and in line with further growth forecast.

For more information please visit: www. http://mannol.de/en/.