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Engine oil vs. Gear oil

Performing regular maintenance on your automobile is vital if you want to keep it running smoothly over the years. All vehicles come with manuals that provide the manufacturer's recommendations regarding maintaining your car. Generally, they'll include a chart of which services should be performed each time your odometer hits certain mileage totals.

One of the most important ways to keep car engines in good condition is to have your engine oil checked and replaced on a regular basis. Older models of cars need this service performed every 3,000 miles, but newer models actually require an oil change less frequently. Many can go 6,000 miles or more without needing a motor oil change.

Standard transmission cars and trucks require the addition of gear oil to keep the transmission and gearing system lubricated and free of debris.

Yes, there is a difference

When comparing the appearance of engine oil vs. gear oil, you may be tempted to think they're the same thing, but they're not. Gear oil is specifically designed to protect, lubricate, and cool gearing systems. Engine oil lubricates the bearings and protects your car's engine from the additives in gasoline. In addition to the differences in lubrication, the two types of oil target different parts of the engine. Most people know to check and change their motor oil, but with standard transmissions, it's equally as important to do the same with the gear oil.

Still not sure whether you need to add or replace gear oil? One way to make sure you're covered is to take your car into a specialized shop such as TransMasters Transmissions and Auto Care. Our techs are experienced and trained in all makes and models of vehicles as well as the best way to maintain each specific transmission type.

Talk to the experts

TransMasters in San Diego is a full service shop, and we stock all the different standard and automatic transmission fluid types. Whether you're check engine oil sign is on or you're concerned that you're car isn't running as smoothly as usual, we can help.

Make an appointment today to visit TransMasters, and we'll get your engine and gears purring in no time.

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