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Insights from F1 sponsor: The critical importance of choosing the right oil

Why is it important to use the right oil? Can money be saved on engine oil and why does it need to be changed? F1 sponsor LIQUI MOLY provides the answers for you.

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Proper oil lubrication is one of the most important things relating to engine protection. A protective lubricating film is necessary for minimum wear and to prevent engine damage. While wear protection is extremely important, using a high-quality oil with an OE approval or specification can also help to further reduce internal friction while maximizing performance and efficiency. An oil will need to protect well in all operating conditions and during extreme engine loads. It will also need to provide max flow during cold start while at the same time prevent lubrication film break down at extremely high temperatures.

Why is it important to use the correct oil?

In the intricate world of engines, one size certainly doesn't fit all. Each engine boasts its unique design, demanding a precise oil match at all times. Enter the pivotal role of motor oils: guardians entrusted with maximizing engine prowess and safeguarding emission systems, even across extensive oil change intervals.

Here's the crux: the real assurance of comprehensive protection comes solely from embracing OE-approved oils. These formulations are not just recommended; they are the key to unlocking the pinnacle of engine and emission system safeguarding. Stray beyond these prescribed parameters, and you invite excess wear, compromising efficiency along the way.

The viscosity of your chosen oil holds the reins to your engine's efficiency, particularly impacting variable valve timing systems and fuel consumption. An incorrect viscosity becomes the wrench in the gears, potentially hampering timing control and amplifying fuel usage, ultimately denting your engine's efficiency.

Why take the risk? OEM-approved oils are the hallmark of complete protection and engine efficiency. They aren't just about safeguarding your engine; they're about optimizing its performance while ensuring the seamless operation of emission system components like catalytic converters and particle filters.

Elevate your engine's potential and safeguard its longevity with oils meticulously crafted for your engine's precise needs. Don't settle for adequacy—embrace tailored excellence and witness the unrivaled synergy between precision engineering and optimal performance."

Can motor oil help you save money?

Using a high-quality motor oil with the correct OE specifications can save on repairs and prevent premature break-down. Using a cheap oil may save a penny now, but is almost guaranteed to cost more later. Many cheaper oils in the market have their usage and place but they are not always meant to be used in modern cars. When performing an oil change on a modern vehicle, it’s extremely important to use an oil that fulfils all OEM specifications for maximised protection. By doing so you will guarantee best fuel mileage and engine longevity while also being able to follow extended oil change schedules. A cheap oil may not have the necessary performance reserves to go for extended oil change periods and therefore needs to be changed quite often, which increases costs. A high quality LIQUI MOLY motor oil, on the other hand, frequently exceeds the manufacturer specifications and extends the engine's service life. Many LIQUI MOLY motor oils are officially approved by manufacturers.


Lubrication of mechanical engine components is an oils most important function. An oils strong lubrication film prevents metal-to-metal contact while reducing friction between internal components.


A motor oil contributes to cooling by removing heat from areas such as cylinder walls and piston rings. This is necessary for overall protection of sensitive areas and to keep the engine from overheating.


Eliminating combustion by-products, metal debris, sludge and deposits from engine internals is another motor oil function. A motor oil needs to help clean engine internals and also transport residue to the oil filter for removal.


Motor oils support piston rings sealing for reduced compression loss, thereby increasing efficiency and preventing excess oil consumption. A thin oil film on rubber seals reduce wear, overheating and prevent premature leaks.

Corrosion protection

A protective oil film on all internal surfaces prevent corrosion and/or erosion of metals. This protective film prevents oxygen, moisture and acidic by-products from affecting metals.

Environmental protection

The use of effective exhaust aftertreatment systems such as particle filters etc. is only possible if modern motor oils with the correct oil specification are used.


Ensuring accurate oil pressure for hydraulically operated systems is also one of the tasks of modern motor oils.

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