Ralph Foglein, owner of European Auto Works, explains why it's crucial to use the right oil for your high-end vehicle.

Ralph Foglein is owner of European Auto Works. To reach Ralph Foglein call (408) 256-3956.
Video: Engine Oil Tips for High-End Cars
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SUNNYVALE – Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to high-end car makes like BMW, it’s important to know what oil to use and how often to change it. Today we’re in Sunnyvale with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ralph Foglein of European Auto Works to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Ralph Foglein: Essentially, in your owner’s manual will be the information of what kind of oil your vehicle requires for, you know, the temperature or climate that you live in. And what I wanted to state that is misunderstood so much is the oil that fits a BMW is not the same oil that would, 10-30 oil that would work in a Toyota. It’s a totally different oil.

So, it’s very important to not only look at the viscosity of the oil on the front of the bottle, but also to turn the bottle over and make sure it meets the ratings for that manufacturer. That’s how you’re going to know for sure that this oil is actually correct for your vehicle. Also, we’re going to pick on BMW a little bit. BMW service indicators will allow cars, the oil change on these vehicles to go maybe up to 2 years, 20,000 miles, which we feel is way too long as the car ages. So, we would definitely recommend once a year, 8,000 miles, you know, do an in-between oil change on these cars.

Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

Ralph Foglein is a 38-year veteran of the auto repair industry and owner of European Auto Works, a Diamond Certified company since 2007. He can be reached at (408) 256-3956 or by email.

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