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Best Engine Oils in the Netherlands - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best engine oils in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

With this buyer’s guide on engine oil, we want to make your purchasing decision easier. It includes the features you must look for while buying this product. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions. In the end, we have added reviews on the top seven motor oil of 2021.

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9/22/2022

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EDGE 5W-30 LL

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EDGE 5W-30 LL

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5W-30

It is available in full synthetic, premium full synthetic and synthetic blend
It is suitable for use in Petrol, Diesel and Hybrid cars
It becomes stronger under pressure and reduces performance-robbing friction
5 litres
Synthetic
  • ACEA C3

  • MB - Approval 229.31/229.51 

  • Porsche C-30

  • VW 504/507

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Quartz 9000 5W-40

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Excellent fluidity even at the lowest temperature
It is suitable for advanced technology petrol and diesel car engines
The Age Resistance Technology keeps the car engine younger for longer
5 litres
Synthetic
  • ACEA A3/B4

  • API SN/CF


MANNOL

DEFENDER motorolie 10W-40

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Efficient engine operation due to ester technology and latest hydro synthetic base with an extended range of viscosity-temperature
It is suitable for advanced technology petrol and diesel engines
Wear reduction technology in combination with ester components provides excellent anti-wear and anti-friction properties 
Not suitable for heavy trucks and similar vehicles
5 litres
Semi-synthetic
  • API SN

  • ACEA A3/B4

  • VOLKSWAGEN 505.00

  • VOLKSWAGEN 502.00

  • VOLKSWAGEN 501.01

  • VOLKSWAGEN 500.00

  • MB 229.3

  • MB 229.1

  • PSA B71 2294

  • RENAULT RN0700

  • RENAULT RN0710

MANNOL

extra transmissieoel 75W-90

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75W-90

It protects the engine from lacquering and synchroniser ring clogging and metal parts from corrosion
It has excellent anti-wear and anti-scuffing properties
Its superior low-temperature properties ensure an easy starting, reliable lubrication and precise transmission shift
4 litres
Synthetic
  • API GL-4

  • API Gl 5

  • MIL-L 2105 D

  • SAE 75W-90

  • MAN 342 Type M1

  • MAN 342 Type M2

  • MAN 342 Type M3

  • MACK GO-J

    MACK GO-J Plus

Castrol

POWER 1 4T 10W-30

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The Power Release Technology optimises friction and delivers superior acceleration
It ensures continuous power delivery and on-demand acceleration 
It is a 4-stroke engine oil best suited for high-performance bikes
1 litre
Semi-synthetic
  • API SL

  • JASO MA-2

Castrol

EDGE 0W-30 A5/B5 Engine Oil

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Transforms to be strongest even when pressure is highest
Reduces power-robbing friction across engine speeds and conditions
Protects the engine during entire drain interval even when the pressure is extreme
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  • API SL/CF

  • ACEA A1/B1, A5/B5

  • Volvo 95200377

Comma

CLA405L 0W-40 Classic motor oil

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Best suited for 4-stroke petrol engines
Higher viscosity prevents oil from leaking
It ensures no engine noise is produced
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Castrol

EDGE 5W-30 LL


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It is available in full synthetic, premium full synthetic and synthetic blend
It is suitable for use in Petrol, Diesel and Hybrid cars
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  • MB - Approval 229.31/229.51 

  • Porsche C-30

  • VW 504/507

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Buyer’s Guide - Engine Oils in The Netherlands

For a car's proper care and maintainance!

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Features: Most important purchase criteria for an engine oil

What should you look for when buying engine oil?

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for an engine oil

Best practices for engine oil usage and care.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best engine oils

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for an engine oil

1.1 Types

In principle, you can differentiate between three types of motor oil, and they have been listed below:

  • Mineral: Mineral oil consists of base oils obtained directly from petroleum distillates, like gasoline or diesel. It consists of hydrocarbon compounds of different lengths, and additives are added to the base oil to make it more durable and improve its properties and performance.
    This oil is widely used because it is easy to make.
    The quantity and quality of the additives lead to the price rise, yet the low cost remains the biggest asset of mineral oil.
    Mineral oil is best suited for older vehicles because synthetic oils attack seals or other engine parts, which are rather unsuitable for older vehicles. In addition, good quality mineral oil can also be used by drivers who regularly use their cars for longer journeys.

  • Synthetic: Unlike mineral oil which is directly obtained from petroleum distillates, synthetic oil is made exclusively from synthetic base oils. The major difference lies in the molecular structure of synthetic oils since they have similar hydrocarbon compounds. And this molecular structure works in the oil’s favour as synthetic oils can withstand higher temperatures, lubricate better, are more durable than mineral oils and give better cold starts at low temperatures. Furthermore, the additives work better and hardly any oil sludge is formed in the engine.
    Synthetic oils are made for modern engines, sports cars, and for those drivers who drive infrequently or only for short distances.

    • Unfortunately, the price of synthetic oil is relatively higher. 

  • Semi-synthetic: It is a mix of mineral oils and synthetic base oils. The quality of the semi-synthetic oil is determined by the synthetic oil, and the dopes added to the mineral oil. Due to improved mineral oil properties, it costs between the two oils (mineral and synthetic).
    Semi-synthetic oils are the most commonly used oils today, and, like mineral oil, they are most suited for old vehicles and vehicles that are used daily.

Which oil is suitable for your car, that depends on the type and configuration of your car’s engine.

In principle, you can differentiate between three types of motor oil, and they have been listed below:

  • Mineral: Mineral oil consists of base oils obtained directly from petroleum distillates, like gasoline or diesel. It consists of hydrocarbon compounds of different lengths, and additives are added to the base oil to make it more durable and improve its properties and performance.
    This oil is widely used because it is easy to make.
    The quantity and quality of the additives lead to the price rise, yet the low cost remains the biggest asset of mineral oil.
    Mineral oil is best suited for older vehicles because synthetic oils attack seals or other engine parts, which are rather unsuitable for older vehicles. In addition, good quality mineral oil can also be used by drivers who regularly use their cars for longer journeys.

  • Synthetic: Unlike mineral oil which is directly obtained from petroleum distillates, synthetic oil is made exclusively from synthetic base oils. The major difference lies in the molecular structure of synthetic oils since they have similar hydrocarbon compounds. And this molecular structure works in the oil’s favour as synthetic oils can withstand higher temperatures, lubricate better, are more durable than mineral oils and give better cold starts at low temperatures. Furthermore, the additives work better and hardly any oil sludge is formed in the engine.
    Synthetic oils are made for modern engines, sports cars, and for those drivers who drive infrequently or only for short distances.

    • Unfortunately, the price of synthetic oil is relatively higher. 

  • Semi-synthetic: It is a mix of mineral oils and synthetic base oils. The quality of the semi-synthetic oil is determined by the synthetic oil, and the dopes added to the mineral oil. Due to improved mineral oil properties, it costs between the two oils (mineral and synthetic).
    Semi-synthetic oils are the most commonly used oils today, and, like mineral oil, they are most suited for old vehicles and vehicles that are used daily.

Which oil is suitable for your car, that depends on the type and configuration of your car’s engine.

1.2 Viscosity

Viscosity is the essential feature when it comes to choosing the right motor oil.
Earlier, there used to be summer and winter oils for engines. However, modern motor oils can withstand certain temperature differences thanks to the viscosity grade.

At high temperatures, oil becomes more liquid, due to which the viscosity must correspond to the operating temperature of the car. And when the car is cold, the oil should be fluid enough.

The degree of viscosity is represented by two numbers (lowest and highest viscosity of the oil).
A thick oil structure has a higher viscosity, and such oil will have a high number. In fact, the higher the number, the more viscous and vice versa. While low viscosity oil runs better and helps in saving fuel. However, that doesn’t mean you end up using low viscosity oil for every engine. Which type of oil and what viscosity suits your engine that must have been mentioned by the manufacturer, and you should abide by that. The wrong combination can cause engine damage.

The first number indicates viscosity and the second number determine how long the engine oil will remain thick.

For example, 10W40 motor oil will have a higher viscosity, i.e. it will have a thicker oil structure than 5W30 or 5W40 motor oil.

Considering the second number, 5W30 motor oils will remain thick for a shorter time than the 5W40 or 10W40 motor oils.

Viscosity is the essential feature when it comes to choosing the right motor oil.
Earlier, there used to be summer and winter oils for engines. However, modern motor oils can withstand certain temperature differences thanks to the viscosity grade.

At high temperatures, oil becomes more liquid, due to which the viscosity must correspond to the operating temperature of the car. And when the car is cold, the oil should be fluid enough.

The degree of viscosity is represented by two numbers (lowest and highest viscosity of the oil).
A thick oil structure has a higher viscosity, and such oil will have a high number. In fact, the higher the number, the more viscous and vice versa. While low viscosity oil runs better and helps in saving fuel. However, that doesn’t mean you end up using low viscosity oil for every engine. Which type of oil and what viscosity suits your engine that must have been mentioned by the manufacturer, and you should abide by that. The wrong combination can cause engine damage.

The first number indicates viscosity and the second number determine how long the engine oil will remain thick.

For example, 10W40 motor oil will have a higher viscosity, i.e. it will have a thicker oil structure than 5W30 or 5W40 motor oil.

Considering the second number, 5W30 motor oils will remain thick for a shorter time than the 5W40 or 10W40 motor oils.

1.3 Life

Auto repair experts usually recommend changing the oil once a year. However, new cars are smart enough to be equipped with sensors to indicate when the next oil change is due. Usually, petrol cars must be able to drive up to 30,000 km, whereas diesel cars complete 50,000 km without an oil change.

Long-life oils, however, cost significantly more than conventional oils. Therefore, you should consider in advance whether a long-life oil is worth buying.

Auto repair experts usually recommend changing the oil once a year. However, new cars are smart enough to be equipped with sensors to indicate when the next oil change is due. Usually, petrol cars must be able to drive up to 30,000 km, whereas diesel cars complete 50,000 km without an oil change.

Long-life oils, however, cost significantly more than conventional oils. Therefore, you should consider in advance whether a long-life oil is worth buying.

1.4 Additives

The addition of additives has changed over time due to changes in exhaust legislation and standards. The catalytic converter in modern engines can counteract the action of some additives, and certain additives can cause damage to the catalytic converter. Therefore, get motor oil without harmful additives.

The addition of additives has changed over time due to changes in exhaust legislation and standards. The catalytic converter in modern engines can counteract the action of some additives, and certain additives can cause damage to the catalytic converter. Therefore, get motor oil without harmful additives.

1.5 Engine Mount

Not all engine oils are the same. Therefore, choose them as per your car. It seems that as long as the oil has the right viscosity for your car, it is good to go. However, some oils are specifically only suitable for diesel or petrol engines.
Modern diesel engines particularly call for low-ash oil. Wrong engine oil can break that particulate filter which can lead to expensive repairs. Generally, diesel engines require more liquid oil than petrol engines.

Not all engine oils are the same. Therefore, choose them as per your car. It seems that as long as the oil has the right viscosity for your car, it is good to go. However, some oils are specifically only suitable for diesel or petrol engines.
Modern diesel engines particularly call for low-ash oil. Wrong engine oil can break that particulate filter which can lead to expensive repairs. Generally, diesel engines require more liquid oil than petrol engines.

1.6 Price

Motor oil doesn’t have to be necessarily expensive. Good engine oil can come for as little as five euros per litre. And if something can be so inexpensive, then who will spend more money than necessary? Price primarily varies because of the oil type, and synthetic oil is more expensive than the others, but that rate is justified because it ensures better engine maintenance.

Motor oil is also available in many quantities, and people are often misled by a supposedly low price. Unfortunately, only later do they notice that there is only one litre in one bottle, and five litres is more expensive than one litre. 

We recommend that in addition to the price you must check the quantity of the product.

Motor oil doesn’t have to be necessarily expensive. Good engine oil can come for as little as five euros per litre. And if something can be so inexpensive, then who will spend more money than necessary? Price primarily varies because of the oil type, and synthetic oil is more expensive than the others, but that rate is justified because it ensures better engine maintenance.

Motor oil is also available in many quantities, and people are often misled by a supposedly low price. Unfortunately, only later do they notice that there is only one litre in one bottle, and five litres is more expensive than one litre. 

We recommend that in addition to the price you must check the quantity of the product.

2. FAQ: Learn more about the details

2.1 What is motor oil?

Every vehicle needs an engine that is more or less regarded as the heart of the machine. And what keeps that engine in a healthy condition is good quality engine oil, which is considered the engine’s blood. Quality engine oil will lubricate and maintain the engine and ensure a smooth cold start and significant fuel savings. Furthermore, the use of quality motor oil can significantly reduce or even prevent wear, corrosion and foaming ability.

Every vehicle needs an engine that is more or less regarded as the heart of the machine. And what keeps that engine in a healthy condition is good quality engine oil, which is considered the engine’s blood. Quality engine oil will lubricate and maintain the engine and ensure a smooth cold start and significant fuel savings. Furthermore, the use of quality motor oil can significantly reduce or even prevent wear, corrosion and foaming ability.

2.2 Why does engine oil turn black?

It was said that the quality of oil can be recognised by its colour. However, that’s no longer true because modern motor oil prevents the deposition of dirt particles in the engine. Now, the colour does not necessarily say anything about the quality of the oil.

It was said that the quality of oil can be recognised by its colour. However, that’s no longer true because modern motor oil prevents the deposition of dirt particles in the engine. Now, the colour does not necessarily say anything about the quality of the oil.

2.3 Which engine oil does my car need?

The demand for the right motor oil-primarily depends on whether the engine needs petrol or diesel.
The combustion temperature varies with the fuel type, so you should never put diesel oil in a petrol engine and vice versa. Diesel engines need low-ash engine oil, and any other oil can damage the particulate filter by eventually clogging it.

Another thing to consider is the viscosity grade which tells you how liquid the oil is. 

The demand for the right motor oil-primarily depends on whether the engine needs petrol or diesel.
The combustion temperature varies with the fuel type, so you should never put diesel oil in a petrol engine and vice versa. Diesel engines need low-ash engine oil, and any other oil can damage the particulate filter by eventually clogging it.

Another thing to consider is the viscosity grade which tells you how liquid the oil is. 

2.4 What is the life of engine oil?

When stored in a sealed container, the motor oil does have a long shelf life. If the oil is stored in the right manner, it will enjoy a shelf life of five years as above that the oil-soluble substances can mix with the plastic containers. For proper storage of oil, keep the following points in mind:

  • There should be constant storage temperature

  • The light should be avoided

  • Sufficient ventilation in the storage area

Some oils have a shelf life of only three years. In general, older motor oil should not be used in the new cars as technical progress has made engines require specialised oils.

When stored in a sealed container, the motor oil does have a long shelf life. If the oil is stored in the right manner, it will enjoy a shelf life of five years as above that the oil-soluble substances can mix with the plastic containers. For proper storage of oil, keep the following points in mind:

  • There should be constant storage temperature

  • The light should be avoided

  • Sufficient ventilation in the storage area

Some oils have a shelf life of only three years. In general, older motor oil should not be used in the new cars as technical progress has made engines require specialised oils.

2.5 How much does an engine oil cost?

Motor oil prices vary significantly with their type and quantity. And if you have oil topped up at a car dealership, you certainly pay a hefty amount. Many car manufacturers now offer even their own brand oil while calling them of superior quality. However, the container has the same oil, which is also available at a lower price. As long as the oil is approved for your car, you can buy it from a local brand at just 5 euros per litre, and there is no need to pay 25 euros for the same quantity to a high-end brand.

Motor oil prices vary significantly with their type and quantity. And if you have oil topped up at a car dealership, you certainly pay a hefty amount. Many car manufacturers now offer even their own brand oil while calling them of superior quality. However, the container has the same oil, which is also available at a lower price. As long as the oil is approved for your car, you can buy it from a local brand at just 5 euros per litre, and there is no need to pay 25 euros for the same quantity to a high-end brand.

2.6 Why is motor oil viscous?

Engine oil is more viscous than water at room temperature because oil particles are more tightly bound than those of water. On heating the engine oil, it becomes thinner, and it only evaporates above 200 degrees Celsius. Moreover, if you drive a lot of short distances, engine oil also becomes viscous faster than driving long distances.

Engine oil is more viscous than water at room temperature because oil particles are more tightly bound than those of water. On heating the engine oil, it becomes thinner, and it only evaporates above 200 degrees Celsius. Moreover, if you drive a lot of short distances, engine oil also becomes viscous faster than driving long distances.

2.7 Why should I change the engine oil regularly?

Engine oil performs two main tasks, i.e. lubricating the engine and cooling down the pistons, cylinders and valves.

With every kilometre, the properties of the motor oil deteriorate, and small metal particles end up mixing in the oil. As a result, the lubrication properties decreases, and since heat is not distributed properly, the valves become worn. Furthermore, the engine oil must be changed timely to prevent severe damage to the engine and allow it to run longer. However, it is no where mentioned that how frequently you should change the oil.

Replacing or changing the motor oil depends on certain factors. Are you going to drive that car for more than 5 years, or are you someone who buys a new car in every 2 years? Are you often on the road, or do you rarely drive? Are the routes motorways or quiet access roads?
In general, we recommend changing or replacing the oil every 10,000 to 15,000 km. With intensive use of the car, this can even be a little earlier as well. And if it is non-synthetic oil, change is recommended at 5000km intervals.

Engine oil performs two main tasks, i.e. lubricating the engine and cooling down the pistons, cylinders and valves.

With every kilometre, the properties of the motor oil deteriorate, and small metal particles end up mixing in the oil. As a result, the lubrication properties decreases, and since heat is not distributed properly, the valves become worn. Furthermore, the engine oil must be changed timely to prevent severe damage to the engine and allow it to run longer. However, it is no where mentioned that how frequently you should change the oil.

Replacing or changing the motor oil depends on certain factors. Are you going to drive that car for more than 5 years, or are you someone who buys a new car in every 2 years? Are you often on the road, or do you rarely drive? Are the routes motorways or quiet access roads?
In general, we recommend changing or replacing the oil every 10,000 to 15,000 km. With intensive use of the car, this can even be a little earlier as well. And if it is non-synthetic oil, change is recommended at 5000km intervals.

2.8 What is the benefit of using thinner oil?

Today, the focus is on making the oil thinner and thinner so that the oil remains thin at both cold and warm temperatures. Thin oil gives less resistance and ensures that you can save on fuel costs. However, this oil cannot be used in all cars; the engine must be specially developed for it because the lubricating strength of the thin oil is lower.

Today, the focus is on making the oil thinner and thinner so that the oil remains thin at both cold and warm temperatures. Thin oil gives less resistance and ensures that you can save on fuel costs. However, this oil cannot be used in all cars; the engine must be specially developed for it because the lubricating strength of the thin oil is lower.

2.9 What does an engine oil filter do?

The name says it all. An engine oil filter cleanses the motor oil.

The oil in the engine gets dirty with use due to waste residue, combustion residue, particles of dust or engine wear. The dirtier the oil gets, the less effective it is, affecting engine performance and fuel consumption. An oil filter ensures as the word implies, that the oil is filtered. This allows the oil to last longer. An oil filter must be replaced regularly. Otherwise, it will lose its function. If you want to change the oil on your own, it is advisable always to replace the oil filter.

The name says it all. An engine oil filter cleanses the motor oil.

The oil in the engine gets dirty with use due to waste residue, combustion residue, particles of dust or engine wear. The dirtier the oil gets, the less effective it is, affecting engine performance and fuel consumption. An oil filter ensures as the word implies, that the oil is filtered. This allows the oil to last longer. An oil filter must be replaced regularly. Otherwise, it will lose its function. If you want to change the oil on your own, it is advisable always to replace the oil filter.

2.10 What is mono and multi-grade oil?

Earlier the cars drove with motor oil that was only for the summer or winter. So you had to change the oil every season to use the car in the respective season. This type of oil is called monograde oil. It was divided into a viscosity class (SAE), and if there was one number after the SAE designation, this means the oil is a monograde. So, if SAE is 0W, 5W, 10W, 15W, or 20W, i.e. the oil is to be used only for below 0℃ (The W stands for winter), and if SAE is 30, 40, or 50, then it can be used for above 0℃ temperature. 

A multi-grade oil was later developed to handle fluctuating temperatures easily. You can recognise a multi-grade by two numbers after the SAE designation, for example, 5W-30, 10W-40, 15W-40.

Earlier the cars drove with motor oil that was only for the summer or winter. So you had to change the oil every season to use the car in the respective season. This type of oil is called monograde oil. It was divided into a viscosity class (SAE), and if there was one number after the SAE designation, this means the oil is a monograde. So, if SAE is 0W, 5W, 10W, 15W, or 20W, i.e. the oil is to be used only for below 0℃ (The W stands for winter), and if SAE is 30, 40, or 50, then it can be used for above 0℃ temperature. 

A multi-grade oil was later developed to handle fluctuating temperatures easily. You can recognise a multi-grade by two numbers after the SAE designation, for example, 5W-30, 10W-40, 15W-40.

2.11 Where can I buy motor oil?

Motor oil can be bought from various places, and the most obvious of them is a garage. Then there are plenty of do-it-yourself stores where you can purchase any type of motor oil. In fact, today, there is no necessity to leave your home to buy motor oil as it can also be purchased online. 

Motor oil can be bought from various places, and the most obvious of them is a garage. Then there are plenty of do-it-yourself stores where you can purchase any type of motor oil. In fact, today, there is no necessity to leave your home to buy motor oil as it can also be purchased online. 

3. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for an engine oil

3.1 How to measure the level of engine oil?

For an engine to perform perfectly, the oil level must be correct. The following steps will help in measuring the oil level:

  1. The vehicle must be parked on a level surface with the engine at operating temperature.

  2. Turn off the car engine and leave the vehicle for 5 minutes.

  3. Open the hood to pull out the dipstick and wipe it with a clean cloth.

  4. Now, reinsert the dipstick as far as it will go.

  5. Pull it out once again to check the oil level. It must be between the minimum and maximum grades. If the oil level is not within this range, either top up or drain the oil.

For an engine to perform perfectly, the oil level must be correct. The following steps will help in measuring the oil level:

  1. The vehicle must be parked on a level surface with the engine at operating temperature.

  2. Turn off the car engine and leave the vehicle for 5 minutes.

  3. Open the hood to pull out the dipstick and wipe it with a clean cloth.

  4. Now, reinsert the dipstick as far as it will go.

  5. Pull it out once again to check the oil level. It must be between the minimum and maximum grades. If the oil level is not within this range, either top up or drain the oil.

3.2 How to change the motor oil?

It is best if you leave the oil change job to a professional garage. However, if you are certain to do it, then here are the steps.

The following steps are required to change the oil yourself:

  1. Put the car in neutral mode, apply the parking brake and keep the engine on for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Rais the car using a ramp or elevator.

  3. Turn off the engine.
    Open the oil cap (engine compartment) and unscrew the oil drain plug on the underside of your car. Now collect the hot oil in a container, so it doesn’t drip onto the floor.

  4. Once all the oil is collected, wipe the bottom of the oil pan and screw the oil drain plug and gasket back in. 

  5. Now start topping up the new oil.

  6. Finally, screw the cap on the oil filler hole and start the engine to check the oil level.

Note: If none of the warning lights come on, you have successfully mastered the oil change.

It is best if you leave the oil change job to a professional garage. However, if you are certain to do it, then here are the steps.

The following steps are required to change the oil yourself:

  1. Put the car in neutral mode, apply the parking brake and keep the engine on for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Rais the car using a ramp or elevator.

  3. Turn off the engine.
    Open the oil cap (engine compartment) and unscrew the oil drain plug on the underside of your car. Now collect the hot oil in a container, so it doesn’t drip onto the floor.

  4. Once all the oil is collected, wipe the bottom of the oil pan and screw the oil drain plug and gasket back in. 

  5. Now start topping up the new oil.

  6. Finally, screw the cap on the oil filler hole and start the engine to check the oil level.

Note: If none of the warning lights come on, you have successfully mastered the oil change.

3.3 How to dispose of the engine oil?

Countries prescribe how to handle waste oil in their environmental regulations. For example, if you change the oil yourself, make sure that all the oil ends up in a tub via a hose. Now, properly transfer this into a can, take it to a car dealer or recycling centre. And any trader who sells oil is obliged to accept used oil so that the old oil is not contaminated with other fluids such as brake fluid.

Alternatively, you can connect with the dealer you trust to immediately dispose of the used oil at the next oil change or sell it on the Internet.

Countries prescribe how to handle waste oil in their environmental regulations. For example, if you change the oil yourself, make sure that all the oil ends up in a tub via a hose. Now, properly transfer this into a can, take it to a car dealer or recycling centre. And any trader who sells oil is obliged to accept used oil so that the old oil is not contaminated with other fluids such as brake fluid.

Alternatively, you can connect with the dealer you trust to immediately dispose of the used oil at the next oil change or sell it on the Internet.

4. Did you know: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about engine oils

4.1 Long-life oils belong to the group of low-viscosity oils, and in the long run, these oils help to save fuel.

4.2 Synthetic engine oil protects a car under extreme conditions, but it cannot substantially increase its performance or efficiency.

4.3 Commonly known as the ‘Dark Oil Myth,’ dark motor oil does not indicate an oil change. However, do not forget to replace it at the right time, which is either after a certain number of kilometres have been covered or in terms of sheer time lapse.

4.1 Long-life oils belong to the group of low-viscosity oils, and in the long run, these oils help to save fuel.

4.2 Synthetic engine oil protects a car under extreme conditions, but it cannot substantially increase its performance or efficiency.

4.3 Commonly known as the ‘Dark Oil Myth,’ dark motor oil does not indicate an oil change. However, do not forget to replace it at the right time, which is either after a certain number of kilometres have been covered or in terms of sheer time lapse.

5. Our Picks: How we picked the best engine oils

We aimed to select engine oils of different viscosity and from the best brands. The list of our top seven motor oils of 2021 includes synthetic and semi-synthetic oils from world-known brands. You will find oils for both car and motorcycle engines in this list.

We aimed to select engine oils of different viscosity and from the best brands. The list of our top seven motor oils of 2021 includes synthetic and semi-synthetic oils from world-known brands. You will find oils for both car and motorcycle engines in this list.

5.1 Castrol EDGE 5W-30 LL

  • The intense pressures in the latest car engines cause friction that can waste upto 10% of engine performance. Castrol Edge with fluid titanium physically transforms to be stronger under pressure and reduces friction.

  • It is an advanced full synthetic engine oil suitable for use in Petrol, Diesel and Hybrid cars.

  • The Castrol Edge becomes stronger under pressure and reduces performance-robbing friction. 

  • The engine oil is recommended by world-leading car manufacturers.

  • It is also a trusted technical partner for some of the world’s most demanding motorsport teams.

  • It meets the industry standards with ACEA C3, MB - Approval 229.31/229.51, Porsche C-30, and VW 504/507.

  • The intense pressures in the latest car engines cause friction that can waste upto 10% of engine performance. Castrol Edge with fluid titanium physically transforms to be stronger under pressure and reduces friction.

  • It is an advanced full synthetic engine oil suitable for use in Petrol, Diesel and Hybrid cars.

  • The Castrol Edge becomes stronger under pressure and reduces performance-robbing friction. 

  • The engine oil is recommended by world-leading car manufacturers.

  • It is also a trusted technical partner for some of the world’s most demanding motorsport teams.

  • It meets the industry standards with ACEA C3, MB - Approval 229.31/229.51, Porsche C-30, and VW 504/507.

5.2 Total Quartz 9000 5W-40

  • Total Quartz 9000 ENERGY 5W-40 is a fully synthetic premium engine oil for cars.

  • It is suggested for all high performance and advanced petrol and diesel car engines featuring direct injection, multi-valve, and turbocharger technologies.

  • Formulated with Age Resistance Technology, it keeps the car engine younger for longer.

  • It offers ultimate engine protection by preventing sludge build-up and controls oxidation.

  • Your car engine gets the utmost cleanliness due to advanced detergent formulation.

  • There is no compromising on power and performance even under the most severe driving conditions.

  • The motor oil facilitates excellent start-up performance even at the coldest temperatures.

  • It meets the international standards-ACEA A3/B4 and API SN/CF.

  • Manufacturers like VOLKSWAGEN 502.00/505.00, BMW LL-01, MERCEDES-BENZ MB-Approval 229.5 (backwards-compatible MB-Approval 229.3), and PORSCHE A40 have also approved the engine oil.

  • The motor oil is available in 1 litre and 4 litres packaging.

  • Total Quartz 9000 ENERGY 5W-40 is a fully synthetic premium engine oil for cars.

  • It is suggested for all high performance and advanced petrol and diesel car engines featuring direct injection, multi-valve, and turbocharger technologies.

  • Formulated with Age Resistance Technology, it keeps the car engine younger for longer.

  • It offers ultimate engine protection by preventing sludge build-up and controls oxidation.

  • Your car engine gets the utmost cleanliness due to advanced detergent formulation.

  • There is no compromising on power and performance even under the most severe driving conditions.

  • The motor oil facilitates excellent start-up performance even at the coldest temperatures.

  • It meets the international standards-ACEA A3/B4 and API SN/CF.

  • Manufacturers like VOLKSWAGEN 502.00/505.00, BMW LL-01, MERCEDES-BENZ MB-Approval 229.5 (backwards-compatible MB-Approval 229.3), and PORSCHE A40 have also approved the engine oil.

  • The motor oil is available in 1 litre and 4 litres packaging.

5.3 MANNOL DEFENDER motorolie 10W-40

  • It is ester-containing engine oil made on a hydro synthetic basis for petrol and diesel engines.

  • You can use it for both new and old brands and with a large mileage.

  • It has been developed based on the requirements of European manufacturers.

  • The extended range of viscosity-temperature properties ensure efficient engine operation in several operating modes, including cold start, urban mode, highway mode, at high ambient temperatures, and even when there is increased load.

  • It can preserve the engine’s power parameters throughout the entire replacement interval.

  • The unique wear reduction technology combined with ester components and exceptional strength of the oil film offers great anti-wear and anti-friction properties.

  • Overall, the motor oil significantly increases the engine’s service life even in “Start-stop” driving modes.

  • The detergent-dispersing properties and excellent thermal-oxidative stability effectively combat all types of deposits while keeping the engine parts clean throughout the entire replacement interval.

  • The oil is suitable for gasoline and diesel engines of a vast fleet of cars, including passenger cars, light SUVs, minibuses and light trucks of Europe and manufacturers of other countries.

  • You can also use it for Daimler, VW cars that have additional requirements for engine oils.

  • The oil is not suitable for heavy trucks and similar vehicles!

  • It is ester-containing engine oil made on a hydro synthetic basis for petrol and diesel engines.

  • You can use it for both new and old brands and with a large mileage.

  • It has been developed based on the requirements of European manufacturers.

  • The extended range of viscosity-temperature properties ensure efficient engine operation in several operating modes, including cold start, urban mode, highway mode, at high ambient temperatures, and even when there is increased load.

  • It can preserve the engine’s power parameters throughout the entire replacement interval.

  • The unique wear reduction technology combined with ester components and exceptional strength of the oil film offers great anti-wear and anti-friction properties.

  • Overall, the motor oil significantly increases the engine’s service life even in “Start-stop” driving modes.

  • The detergent-dispersing properties and excellent thermal-oxidative stability effectively combat all types of deposits while keeping the engine parts clean throughout the entire replacement interval.

  • The oil is suitable for gasoline and diesel engines of a vast fleet of cars, including passenger cars, light SUVs, minibuses and light trucks of Europe and manufacturers of other countries.

  • You can also use it for Daimler, VW cars that have additional requirements for engine oils.

  • The oil is not suitable for heavy trucks and similar vehicles!

5.4 MANNOL extra transmissieoel 75W-90

  • This energy-conserving all-season full-synthetic oil is for all types of manual transmissions.

  • It is recommended for all types of synchronised manual transmissions (including heavy-duty), in differentials (LS with excessive friction), steering equipment and other transmission parts where extreme pressure and load is encountered. You can also use it for vehicles in which the use of standards GL-4 and GL-5 is prescribed.

  • The ideal viscosity ensures superior anti-friction properties, thus ensuring a significant fuel economy and smooth transmission shift.

  • Its unique composition ensures superb anti-wear and anti-scuffing properties that significantly extend the life of the engine and technical equipment even in the most extreme modes of operation.

  • The superior low-temperature properties ensure an easy starting, reliable lubrication, and an easy & precise transmission shift at varying temperatures (up to -40 °C).

  • The enhanced thermal-oxidative stability and thermal degradation resistance allow more time gap between oil changes, reducing equipment maintenance costs.

  • The other benefits of using this oil are that it protects against lacquering and synchroniser ring clogging and metal parts corrosion. Moreover, it is compatible with sealing materials, preventing them from swelling, hardening, and shrinking, reducing the costs for spare parts.

  • This energy-conserving all-season full-synthetic oil is for all types of manual transmissions.

  • It is recommended for all types of synchronised manual transmissions (including heavy-duty), in differentials (LS with excessive friction), steering equipment and other transmission parts where extreme pressure and load is encountered. You can also use it for vehicles in which the use of standards GL-4 and GL-5 is prescribed.

  • The ideal viscosity ensures superior anti-friction properties, thus ensuring a significant fuel economy and smooth transmission shift.

  • Its unique composition ensures superb anti-wear and anti-scuffing properties that significantly extend the life of the engine and technical equipment even in the most extreme modes of operation.

  • The superior low-temperature properties ensure an easy starting, reliable lubrication, and an easy & precise transmission shift at varying temperatures (up to -40 °C).

  • The enhanced thermal-oxidative stability and thermal degradation resistance allow more time gap between oil changes, reducing equipment maintenance costs.

  • The other benefits of using this oil are that it protects against lacquering and synchroniser ring clogging and metal parts corrosion. Moreover, it is compatible with sealing materials, preventing them from swelling, hardening, and shrinking, reducing the costs for spare parts.

5.5 Castrol POWER 1 4T 10W-30

  • CASTROL POWER1 is a five in1 semi-synthetic motor oil giving an ultimate performance.

  • This is the only motorcycle engine oil on our list.

  • With Power Release Technology, it optimises friction and delivers superior acceleration at the twist of the throttle.

  • While managing heat and friction in big bikes, it also offers continuous power delivery and on-demand acceleration.  

  • It is also available in 4 litres packaging.

  • With API SL and JASO MA-2, it meets the industry standard.

  • CASTROL POWER1 is a five in1 semi-synthetic motor oil giving an ultimate performance.

  • This is the only motorcycle engine oil on our list.

  • With Power Release Technology, it optimises friction and delivers superior acceleration at the twist of the throttle.

  • While managing heat and friction in big bikes, it also offers continuous power delivery and on-demand acceleration.  

  • It is also available in 4 litres packaging.

  • With API SL and JASO MA-2, it meets the industry standard.

5.6 Castrol EDGE 0W-30 A5/B5 Engine Oil

  • Castrol Edge is driven by advanced technology, making it ultra-efficient motor oil.

  • The advanced engines challenge the oil with increased pressures which can cause friction. However, the fluid titanium physically transforms its structure, becoming stiffer at extreme pressure points, keeping the metal apart and ultimately reducing friction.

  • The Castrol Edge with fluid titanium transforms oil’s structure and reduces performance-robbing friction by 20%.

  • The motor oil has been independently tested at the highest standards for proven performance.

  • It is recommended by world-leading car manufacturers.

  • Protects the engine during entire drain interval even under extreme pressure.

Note: It contains C14-16-18 alkyl phenol and a sensitising substance that can cause an allergic reaction.

  • Castrol Edge is driven by advanced technology, making it ultra-efficient motor oil.

  • The advanced engines challenge the oil with increased pressures which can cause friction. However, the fluid titanium physically transforms its structure, becoming stiffer at extreme pressure points, keeping the metal apart and ultimately reducing friction.

  • The Castrol Edge with fluid titanium transforms oil’s structure and reduces performance-robbing friction by 20%.

  • The motor oil has been independently tested at the highest standards for proven performance.

  • It is recommended by world-leading car manufacturers.

  • Protects the engine during entire drain interval even under extreme pressure.

Note: It contains C14-16-18 alkyl phenol and a sensitising substance that can cause an allergic reaction.

5.7 Comma CLA405L 0W-40 Classic motor oil

  • Comma Classic motor oil is a traditional, non-detergent motor oil for 4-stroke petrol engines.

  • It has been specially designed for classic and vintage cars.

  • Its higher viscosity (0W-40) prevents the motor oil from leaking.

  • It is a great quality oil that minimises engine noise.

  • It is a monograde oil and must be used in the summer season.

  • An oil change is recommended after every 1000 km.

  • Comma Classic motor oil is a traditional, non-detergent motor oil for 4-stroke petrol engines.

  • It has been specially designed for classic and vintage cars.

  • Its higher viscosity (0W-40) prevents the motor oil from leaking.

  • It is a great quality oil that minimises engine noise.

  • It is a monograde oil and must be used in the summer season.

  • An oil change is recommended after every 1000 km.