Motor oil comes in many varieties.

Whether you change your own oil or leave it to someone else, you’re likely going to be presented with a few different options. These options may include different oil brands, weights, formulations—even completely different motor oil types.

We highly recommend changing your own oil, because it’s easy and will save you money. The first step is choosing the right motor oil for your vehicle, environment, and driving habits. Consult your owner’s manual and follow your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations pertaining to motor oil and change intervals. To better understand the oil weight ratings as well as the differences between conventional, synthetic, and semi-synthetic motor oil, check out the video tutorial below.

Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.