Why are you still putting 1980s oil in your modern car’s engine?

I remember watching movies such as Demolition Man, when i was growing up in the 1990s.The writers/directors of Demolition Man and similar movies  which  were set in the future always had this wild imagination of how the cars of the future would look and function.Thankfully, it’s 2016 and that means we are essentially sixteen years away from the 2032 year the Demolition Man was set.

demolition manSylvester Stallone standing by his 2032 police car in Demolition Man

So that brings up this question:Are the new cars  coming out of the countless production lines futuristic in look and function?I would answer in the affirmative especially in the area of function, considering  some cars are now  capable of ‘self-parking’  as seen in  some 2003 Toyota Prius hybrid models  and also in the 2006 Lexus LS sedan.The park-assist technology has gained popularity among many  car companies including Audi, BMW, Ford, Jeep, Lincoln and  Mercedes Benz.But what really makes the case for cars’ rapid evolution in the area of functionality is  the Google self-driving car technology.

800px-Google's_Lexus_RX_450h_Self-Driving_CarA Lexus RX450h retrofitted by Google for its driverless car fleet

In terms of exterior design, cars have also undergone some revolution  even if not with the same speed as technology has propelled vehicle functionality.That is not to say there are no new cars with damn right futuristic looks.The new Acura NSX is one such  car with looks that would allow it to feel right at home in the Demolition Man.And here is the proof:

2016_honda_nsx_preview_drive_japan_02-1029-900x480The 2016 Acura NSX…the future is here!!!

So what has changed in our engines ?

Although the basic principle behind how engines perform have remained practically the same,  new  car engines are very different in a lot of ways from  engines in cars of the 1980s for example.Here are few traits of modern car engines:

  1. 1.Modern engines are more efficient–this is due to technologies such as direct fuel injection which improves efficiency.
  2. Modern engines are more powerful–the engines produce more horse power compared to older vehicles with similar  engine specifications.
  3. Modern engines are smaller–modern engines make more power than older engines, so you would  expect them to be larger but the reality is that, they are actually smaller.
  4. Modern Engines work smarter–Today’s engines have technology such as Cylinder deactivation and Variable-valve timing that makes them work smarter.
  5. Modern Engines Have Partners–Today’s car engines are not only sophisticated technological achievements, they’re partnered with other high-tech components that help them do their jobs better.For the full article on the workings of  modern engines check this out: 5 ways modern car engines differ from older car engines.

How important is the oil that goes into your modern car?

In the next article, we will delve deep into this issue and provide valuable answers and solutions.so keep checking us out for your updates on everything car maintenance.


One thought on “Why are you still putting 1980s oil in your modern car’s engine?

  1. Kwame Adjei says:

    I like this blog. The details of modern cars efficiency and effectiveness cannot be overemphasized. It’s actually overwhelming, emphatically true and candidly stated.
    I will like to add few comments and testimonials from my own personal experience. Back in 1998, I started a limousine business and acquired a fresh Lincoln Town car. I decided to read the owners manual and apply the suggested maintenance plan as stipulated by the car manufacturers. I wanted my car to last longer. The manual maintenance plan suggested that, if one will follow the stated maintenance plan and change oil on regular basis using synthetic oil, the engine could run 200,000 miles without any major engine problems. I decided to change my oil every 5000 miles using Mobil one (Mobil 1) oil as recommended by the manual. Whole and behold, my car is now 18 years old with over 500,000 miles but the engine runs like brand new, just like it was bought yesterday. Most of my friends who decided to just use any oil, had their engines given up on them just after driving 50,000 miles , some 80,000 miles and the one that I could remembered lasted long was 150,000 miles. Certainly, the oil you use on your cars matters a lot. Good piece of information. Love it.


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