Motor Oil Matters Expert Q&A



April is both National Car Care and National Informed Women Month and a perfect opportunity to get empowered to care for your car! Did you know that in the United States the average age of cars and light trucks on the roads today has reached a record high of 9.4 years? That means it’s more important than ever to take proper care of your vehicle.

With the informative Web site  www.MotorOilMatters.org (created by the maker of industry-leading brands Pennzoil and Quaker State) you can easily locate key information about how quality motor oils can help prolong your engine’s life and improve overall efficiency, as well as help answer other questions you may have about motor oil. In addition, the site offers a fun, educational game for you to play called “M.O.M. Knows Best” where you can put your motor mind to the test with an interactive quiz.

Did you know?

  • According to a recent survey from the Automotive Service Association, more than 54 percent of customers who take their vehicles for service and repair are women
  • Using a high-quality motor oil in the right grade can help maximize fuel economy
  • Low-quality oils that do not meet industry standards or the vehicle manufacturer’s requirements could cost consumers in the long run by potentially damaging the vehicle’s engine or possibly voiding the manufacturer’s warranty
  • Another reason to look to a high-quality motor oil – like Pennzoil and Quaker State – is that it is designed to meet the demands of today’s engines



Q&A with Jody DeVere

Jody is the President of the Women’s Automotive Association International and CEO of the auto-advice site AskPatty.com, so quite the expert to get some great questions answered!

1.    How do you know which oil is best for your car?

Your owner’s manual is a great place to start. Know that motor oil is a high-tech product that performs a critical role within the engine; its quality matters. MotorOilMatters.org has a feature which can be found here: 
http://ew5.earlweb.com/search.php?site=52 which helps you chose the best oil for your car and driving habits.
2.    What’s one way you can maximize fuel economy and save money without damaging your engine?

Motor oil isn’t something you want to skimp on. Using high quality motor oil like Pennzoil or Quaker State in the proper weight and grade can help maximize fuel economy. Investing in high-quality motor oil is worth minimizing the hassle of engine related failure – it’s cheap “peace of mind.”
3.    What are some myths about motor oil that consumers should be aware of?

Some folks are often afraid of switching between synthetic and conventional oil, thinking it will cause harm to their engines.
False – As long as both individual oils meet the engine manufacturer’s requirements as listed in the owner’s manual; switching between synthetic and conventional oil will not damage your engine.

Using a different brand of oil than recommended by the manufacturer will void your warranty.
False – This is not true, just make sure that the oil meets the manufacturer’s requirements for use in your engine. Particularly, the weight and grade and at the very minimum its certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API), this can all be found right on the packaging.

All motor oils are tested the same.
False – For example, the folks at Shell work with NASCAR teams and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to test lubricants under the harshest conditions – applying the technology to motor oils used in everyday driving. 

4.    What’s one piece of advice you can give to people trying to properly maintain their car?

Follow the service interval schedule recommended by the manufacturer to the letter of the law! Understand what products are being put into your vehicle, the life blood of your car is your motor oil so service with a high quality motor oil like Pennzoil or Quaker State.
 

5.    Women often get labeled (or label themselves) as being “car ignorant.” What are some resources or basics you would encourage every women to know so that they can have some ownership or expertise to 1) maintain their vehicles to its highest potential 2) having the knowledge and confidence to avoid getting ripped off for “not knowing any better.”

Here are some great resources to become more car savvy: 
AskPatty.com, CarCare.org  and MotorOilMatters.org. Knowledge is power so the more we know as women, the better we position ourselves to make informed decision as opposed to being given random direction.
A Jiffy Lube gift card, the interview and other information was provided by MotorOilMatters.org and Shell Lubricants through MyBlogSpark.
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