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Motor oil is the key to keeping your vehicle performing its best while ensuring you avoid unnecessary maintenance costs. There are countless types of motor oil available to drivers, spanning all shapes and sizes of vehicle, so getting clued up on motor oil – what it is, how to use it, how to choose the correct type and so forth – is a great idea for motorists.

Scroll down to learn more about motor oil, view TotalEnergies range of car oils or visit TotalEnergies Lub Advisor to find the right oil for your car.

The ultimate guide to car oil

Car oil is crucial to your engine, and without it, a whole host of engine systems can be damaged – some irreparably. What is it, what types of car oil are there, what car oil does your vehicle need, how do you check it, and how do you top up and change car oil? Understand it all in our ultimate guide to car oil.

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What happens if you put too much oil in your car?

Engines need to be topped up with oil to keep them well-lubricated and safe from damage, wear and corrosion. But what happens if you put too much oil in your vehicle during a lubricant top-up or change? Here are the symptoms of the problem, what you should do if you have used too much oil, and how to find out how much oil your car takes.

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What happens if I use the wrong vehicle or machinery fluids?

Fluids such as engine oils, coolants and brake fluids are engineered to keep vehicles and machinery operating in peak condition, but how can you tell if you’ve used the incorrect fluids in your car, commercial vehicle or industrial machinery, and what should you do if you’ve made a mistake?

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What is gear and transmission oil?

Gear oil lubricates the manual gearboxes of machinery and vehicles, ensuring they operate smoothly and safely to provide a comfortable ride and flawless performance.
Transmission oil is similar to gear oil but used to lubricate the entire drivetrain – including the gearbox, prop shaft, clutch, differential and final drive shafts. 

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The differences between gear oil grades

If you’re looking for a gear oil that will protect your gearbox and/or transmission, you need to make sure your oil has the correct grade. 

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When and how to check and change your gear oil and filter

Your gear oil is constantly working to reduce the stresses placed on your gearbox, keeping it operating at its peak. But like most lubricants, it may eventually need to be changed, otherwise the slow accumulation of deposits can end up clogging your oil gearbox filter and potentially damaging its components, resulting in costly repairs. In this guide, view simple, step-by-step instructions on when and how to check and change your gear oil and filter, ensuring your gearbox keeps working its best.

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What oil should I choose for my van?

With such an array of van engine oils available, if you need a top up or change it’s important you can choose with confidence.

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How do oil additives work?

Engine oils, greases and lubricants have come a long way from the viscous mineral oils of yesteryear. Today’s equipment and vehicles are lubricated with highly formulated oils featuring synthetic chemical compounds and oil additives to push their capabilities even further. But what are oil additives and how do they work to protect components and enhance performance?

Function of different engine oil additives


What is engine coolant? What does it do?

Engine coolant is a mixture of water and antifreeze that keeps the temperature of your engine and its components at a safe level.

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What coolant and antifreeze should I use?

The choice of antifreeze and its ready-to-use, water-mixed form, engine coolant, differs between vehicles. If you’re looking to top-up or flush and re-fill your cooling system, this guide will help you find the correct coolants for your car. 

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How to find the source of the coolant leak? 

Coolant is a key part of your car’s engine. A mixture of antifreeze and water, it keeps the cooling system flowing effectively, raising the boiling point of the water while simultaneously reducing its freezing point.

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How to check and top up your brake fluid

Keeping your brake fluid topped up is incredibly important. Without it, your braking system will cease to function, putting you and your passengers’ lives in jeopardy, and potentially damaging your vehicle. Thankfully, checking your brake fluid level and topping it up is a simple task. Here’s how.

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Motorbike coolant: the inclusive guide

Consumables like motorcycle lubricants and brake fluids are typically focused on by bike owners wanting to enhance the performance of their vehicles, fine-tune their maintenance, or cut their running costs, but motorcycle coolant is just as important. 

Look what is motorbike coolant


The ultimate guide to construction vehicle lubrication

The heavy-duty vehicles need the best when it comes to protection from wear, environmental hazards and the rigours of constant use. But when it comes to the individual vehicles themselves, what are the challenges they face and what lubricants, oils, greases and fluids fulfil those needs?

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How to solve problems with AdBlue®

When using AdBlue®, diesel owners can come up against common issues that, if incorrectly dealt with, can impact vehicle performance, emissions standards compliance and the health of drivers and pedestrians.  

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What is jet fuel?

Jet fuel is relied on by airlines and passengers across the globe, but have you ever wanted to know more about this incredibly important form of energy?

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TotalEnergies have a several premium ranges of motor oils for cars covering all makes and models. Contact our team for more information or visit Lub Advisor to find the right motor oil for your car.