FAQ

American Pennzoil Answers Frequently asked Questions

Q. How does oil protect my engine?

American Pennzoil FAQA. There are four ways oil protects your engine. The first thing that oil does is it cleans your engine. Pennzoil motor oils not only helps prevent sludge, it’s designed to clear away dirt, debris, and deposits from engine components, preventing the blockage of oil passageways. Our oil locks up dirt, rendering it harmless until it’s removed during your regular oil change.

Oil also reduces friction and wear in your engine. By forming a protective film over your engine components, Pennzoil has special additives between engine surfaces which prevent contact and reduces drag, which helps your engine operate as quietly and effectively.

Pennzoil motor oils also remove heat from the engine, carrying heat from hot areas. These include the piston rings, where temperatures can be more than 600 degrees. This helps protect critical parts from intense heat.

Engines are prone to corrosion and rust. Oil protects your engine from this risk. Field test data shows that Pennzoil stands up to extreme conditions and protects the engine during harsh driving conditions.

Q. Why is motor oil’s ability to clean important?

A. Keeping your engine clean is essential. Clean engine components mean they are in good condition and will continue to last. Dirty engine parts may mean your oil may not be lubricating or protecting the engine, which can mean deposits are trapping heat inside your engine. Pennzoil prevents this sludge from building up and harming your engine. A clean engine runs better.

Q. Why do I need protection for my high mileage vehicle?

A. Older cars have been through a lot, for a long time. Highway speeds and extreme conditions mean internal parts and seals wear. That’s why they need a little extra care and protection to make sure they stay at their best.

Q. Why does my automobile use oil and how often should I check the oil level?

A. All engines need motor oil to lubricate and protect their internal parts from wear. Oil consumption varies throughout engines, but it is considered normal. Oil is lost when the piston moves down the cylinder wall, leaving behind a thin film of oil on the cylinder wall. Some of the film is consumed in the process. Leaks from gaskets and seals can also contribute to engine oil loss. Most manufacturers recommend checking the engine every time you fill your gas tank.

Q. When should I have my oil changed?

A. Your car’s manufacturer will recommend oil and filter change intervals, based on mileage or time. This ensures your keeping your engine in good condition, providing the best protection for all of your engines components.

Q. Why is it important to use synthetic oil that cleans?

A. A clean engine means it is better protected and more responsive. But, all engine contain contaminants that can mean dirty and clogged parts. Soot, carbon, nitric, and sulfuric acids are all byproducts of the combustion process, which inevitably end up in motor oil. It’s important to protect your engine from the dirt and debris. Of course, this means your oil must clean the engine. A better question to ask is how well your oil cleans the engine.

Q. Why choose a full synthetic oil?

A. As part of the cleaning process, oil needs to be able to suspend dirt and debris within the oil itself until it is changed. This can be a daunting task. A full synthetic oil is made to be able to hold contaminants, making sure your engine stays cleaner.

Q. How do I maintain my tire pressure?

A. Proper tire pressure means you’ll have a safer and more comfortable driving experience and better fuel efficiency. By keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure, you’ll improve gas mileage while improving driving during inclement weather. Checking and maintaining tire pressure is easy. All you need is an air pressure gauge and a source of air. You should find the pressure level on a sticker in the driver side door jamb, in the glove box, or in the owner’s manual. Be sure not to overfill or use the maximum pressure printed on the tires sidewall.