Does High Mileage Motor Oil Live Up to its Marketing Claims?
High mileage motor oils are often advertised as a superior formulation of motor oil that offers any one or all of the following advertising claims: better wear protection, stops oil leaks, combats oil sludge formation, safe for any engine, improved flow under cold weather conditions. But is this true or just more marketing hyperbole? Should you really pay the $20-$25 per quart for your oil change?
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Let’s find out from the Project Farm YouTube channel where its well-regarded host decides to put the makers of Mobil 1 and SuperTech under scrutiny and analysis with a string of tests that should answer any questions you may have whether spending more for your oil is better care for your car.
Spoiler Alert Below the Video
In case you just want the bare-bones answers, provided below the video in the “And finally…” section you will find out which oil tested best, whether switching to a high mileage oil does or does not appear to make a difference, and the host’s recommendation that he uses on his vehicles.
Is “High Mileage” Motor Oil Safe? Let’s find out! Mobil 1 vs Mobil 1 High Mileage; SuperTech vs STHM
Spoiler Alert results:
• High Mileage motor oil does overall outperform regular motor oil.
• Mobil 1 High Mileage is the winner over SuperTech High Mileage oil.
• However, Mobil 1 regular oil appears to perform less well than either type of SuperTech under cold temp conditions. In fact, Mobil 1 regular did extremely poor when cold.
• The host recommends for older cars to choose Mobil 1 High Mileage motor oil over SuperTech High Mileage oil based on moderately better test results overall and because the price is about $5.00 less per quart bottle sold.
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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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