Sponsored The Importance of Choosing the Right Oil On My Quest for 200,000 Miles By Greg Baugher Posted on November 4, 2016 8 min read 0 0 400 I’m the proud owner of the 2001 Chevy Suburban you see pictured above. I currently have 190,148 miles on it and my goals is to reach 250,000. There is nothing more important to hitting that goal than regular oil changes with quality oil and oil filter. I exclusively use Mobil 1™ synthetic oil and oil filters. They have not only handled fifteen brutal Chicago winters, but provide me with the protection I need for the extreme heat and hilly terrain of Southern California. Choosing the Right Motor Oil The two biggest enemies of your engine are excessive weather conditions from extreme cold to extreme heat and friction. That is even truer for today’s engines that are designed to run cleaner, and therefore hotter. The average engine operating temperature reaches about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Choosing the right oil can make a big difference in the performance and fuel economy of your vehicle, but with the vast array of options, making the right selection can be daunting. Thankfully, to make things easier, our friends at AutoZone have a section on their website for Repair Help with tons of information. You can even purchase your Mobil 1 motor oil online and have it shipped to your home. Why Synthetic Oil While synthetic motor oils are more expensive they provide many advantages. Compared to standard motor oil, Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil can withstand higher temperatures (up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit), takes longer to break down, and can flow easier in cold temperatures, protection in -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Mobil 1 is proven to help: reduce engine wear, control oil breakdown and combat sludge and deposit buildup, which can clog oil passages leading to the quick death of your engine. If you make a lot of short trips, your conventional motor oil may never get warm enough to burn off moisture and impurities. This could lead to the premature breakdown of conventional oils. Synthetic lubricants are made with select components that are chemically restructured to create an end product with higher purity and quality than conventional oils. Most newer cars require a synthetic oil over convention oil. Change Your Own Oil Modern cars can be intimidating, but you should be more than capable of changing your own oil. It’s a relatively easy and economical way to get your hands dirty and learn more about your vehicle. Changing oil is the simplest regular maintenance to perform, and once you’ve done it for the first time you may never want to pay a shop to do it again. If you’ve never changed your own oil, now is as good a time as any to start. Right now until November 30, 2016 when you buy any 5 quarts of Mobil 1 motor oil in one transaction, you will receive a free Fandango movie ticket. Click here for more information. As a special treat, enter the content below to win a Mobil 1 branded gift basket worth $50.00 filled with an assortment of items like hats, tumblers, bags, t-shirts, techie kits, tire gauge and more. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ExxonMobil. The opinions and text are all mine.