Here are some common myths about motor oil debunked:

  • Myth 1: You should change your oil every 3000 to 5000 miles.
    • Actually, motor oil does not go bad. You change it because it becomes contaminated with carbon and dirt.
    • Cerma Motor Oils are formulated with Run Clean Technology to break down carbon and minimize contamination, allowing for longer oil change intervals of up to 15,000 (Cerma) and 30,000 miles (CEMAX).
  • Myth 2: When engine oil turns dark, it's dirty and should be changed.
    • In fact, the oil is working correctly by dispersing tiny particles and holding them in suspension in the oil to prevent engine sludge.
    • Cerma Motor Oils also perform their normal lubrication and protection functions, and the particles are moved into the filter by Cerma's process.
    • Change the filter based on the vehicle manufacturer's recommended interval, not the color of the oil on the stick.
  • Myth 3: The "W" in 10W-30 oil stands for "weight."
    • The "W" actually stands for "winter," as the multi-grade rating system developed by the SAE includes both the hot and cold viscosities of the oil.
    • Cerma Motor Oils come in various multi-grade options and can be used with Cerma Engine Treatments to allow for lower weight usage and increased fuel economy.
  • Myth 4: Engine oil additives will improve your engine's performance.
    • Most motor oils already come with an "additive pack" to improve viscosity index, prevent sludge, and protect against rust and corrosion.
    • Cerma Motor Oils contain proprietary SiC technology for self-cleaning and forcing dirty components into the oil flow and out into the filter.
    • Cerma Engine Treatments act as catalysts and provide additional benefits as a metal treatment, forming a Silicon Carbide matrix along the surface of the entire engine.
Remember to follow your vehicle manufacturer's recommended oil change intervals and use high-quality motor oil like Cerma Motor Oils to keep your engine running smoothly.