Oil 101

Even experienced drivers could learn a thing or two.
 

Experience behind the wheel goes a long way. So does getting basic tips on driving and car maintenance. Let’s start with something really basic tips to get you going.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why synthetic oil?

Synthetic oils typically cost more than conventional, mineral-based oils and many people want to know if they really need it. If your vehicle requires a synthetic engine oil as recommended by the manufacturer then make sure you use a synthetic oil, synthetic oils are used in order to achieve the correct performance characteristics required by the vehicle manufacturer, in many cases these cannot be achieved through using mineral oil. If you want the best protection for your engine always choose an engine oil that carries the manufacturer’s approval. If you have a choice of a synthetic oil or a mineral oil and both have the manufacturer’s approval, then the  synthetic oil will offer you greater engine protection at extreme temperatures... the choice is yours. 

How do I know which Havoline® engine oil is the right one for my car?

It's always best to consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find the right oil specification for you, but our oil selector may help.

How do I know if my mechanic is using Havoline?

Ask for Caltex Havoline by name having your vehicle serviced. If your mechanic doesn't have it, use the workshop locator to find a workshop that does.

Quick Tips
Driving Tip

Accelerate slowly and smoothly. Avoid taking off at high speed. Get into a higher gear as quickly as possible.

Driving Tip

Though it may be common sense, a good rule is to watch your speed. Driving over 80km/h, and especially over 100km/h, uses more fuel and causes extra pollution.

Engine Tip

Avoid long engine idling. If you have to wait for a long period of time, it is better to turn off the engine and start again later

Maintenance Tip

Keep your tyres inflated at the correct pressure. Under inflation causes tire wear and wastes fuel.

Maintenance Tip

Reduce drag on your vehicle by keeping windows closed when possible and check to make sure the hood, doors and trunk are properly secured.

Driving Tip

Reduce speed on curves and accelerate smoothly halfway through the turn to avoid excessive braking and fuel consumption.

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