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Which Motor Oil Is Right For Your Car?

Pennzoil Motor Oils

At Pennzoil, it’s our passion to drive performance. And that passion has driven us to tirelessly pursue a century of advancements in motor oil technology. In addition to checking your owner’s manual, use our motor oil comparison chart to guide you to the right Pennzoil® motor oil for your car.
Pennzoil Motor Oil Comparison Chart

Click here to download the Pennzoil® motor oil comparison chart.


Should I Choose Synthetic or Conventional Motor Oil?

Watch this video where Shanna Simmons, a Pennzoil mechanical engineer, talks about the difference between synthetic and conventional motor oils.

Benefits of Synthetic Motor Oil

    Pistons are one of the most important parts of your engine. Their movement powers the crankshaft, which powers the transmission and drivetrain. Pistons can also be one of the most difficult engine parts to keep clean. Since they come into contact with extreme high temperatures and bi-products of combustion, it’s imperative for the piston to remain clean in order to provide the best performance possible for your engine, which is essentially the heart of your vehicle.

    To obtain maximum fuel economy, engine parts need to operate efficiently, especially in today’s modern turbocharged engines. Many engine components, such as variable valve timing and turbocharger shafts, are sensitive to the build-up of carbon deposits. Pennzoil® Synthetics help provide better fuel economy by helping to keep your engine clean. Lower viscosity motor oils are also associated with better fuel economy, so you will start to see more new vehicles that require low viscosity synthetic motor oils.

    Horsepower is the measured power output of the engine, which is based on the mechanical aspects of the engine. Because of this, we technically can’t claim that our motor oil improves horsepower; however, we can claim to help keep your engine parts operating at peak performance by reducing friction and keeping them cool and protected. That’s why many of today’s top automotive manufacturers and motorsport teams like Team Penske, Ferrari North America and Hennessey Performance Engineering depend on Pennzoil® Synthetic motor oils to protect the massive amounts of horsepower produced by their vehicles.

    The right motor oil can help protect your engine from wear. High pressure points, like between the camshaft lobe and its follower, can reach over 200,000 pounds per square inch of pressure! The advanced anti-wear additives in Pennzoil® Synthetics, like ZDDP or “zinc,” form a protective layer that is thinner than a strand of human hair, yet able to absorb impact at high pressure points inside your engine.

    Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, can directly impact the performance of your motor oil. Pennzoil® Synthetics rely on PurePlus™ Technology, a process that creates base oil from natural gas instead of crude oil. PurePlus™ base oil won’t “gel” in extreme low temperatures, and it won’t evaporate or break down when facing extreme high temperatures, either. The oxidation stability of Pennzoil® Synthetics also make them ideal for today’s direct injection and turbocharged engines that burn hotter.

Stop in to a Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change location in Novato, San Francisco, San Rafael and Santa Rosa to learn more about Pennzoil® motor oils in the SF Bay Area.