An oil change is one of the most basic maintenance things you can do and there are about a gazillion articles on the internet about which oil is best to use, how frequent, etc etc etc. Well, we'd like to add one more and give you our point of view and what we think after s decade of operating a performance shop.

First of all, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BEST OIL, the same way there is no best shampoo, no best soap, no best boy band or best beef jerky. With that being said, our choice for an oil change is Liquimoly's MOS2 10W40. Here's the story as told by their regional rep during their visit to the Philippines. The Molybdenum Disulfide or MOS2 was developed by the Germans back in WW2 for their fighter planes as an oil additive that sticks to the cylinder walls, bearings and other interior engine parts providing a protective coating in the event that plane gets shot in the engine, it won't immediately stall, providing a few precious minutes for the pilot land safely. Well that's the story. Definitely sounds plausible and if it's good enough for the Luftwaffe, its good enough for us.


We recommend the 10W40 grade because this is the most applicable oil to the widest range of vehicles. I don't know about you, but I think you need to be Michael Schumacher to be able to feel a difference between various grades of oil, cause I certainly can't, so my advice is don't stress out too much about which grade to use and why. We also recommend and Liquimoly's Engine Flush Plus with every oil change. You'd be surprised on how much gunk gets left behind with each oil change, LM's Engine Flush helps to really clean out the inside bits.

Liquimoly MOS2 10W40 - P640/L
Engine Flush Plus - P550

For how much oil your car needs, look it up in your car's owner manual.

And now oil filters. Like engine oils, there is no BEST oil filter. We give you two choices, VIC oil filters made in Japan, or Purolator Oil filters made in America. One is not better than the other, and it filters the same as OEM filters that you buy from the dealership.

VIC Oil filters - P250 - P350
Purolator Oil Filters - P190 - P300
Labor - P250

Next up are sparkplugs, we carry both NGK and Denso, and one is not better than the other, and there is once again no best sparkplug (seeing a pattern yet?) Both are iridium tipped, which means they last for 15,000 km to 20,000 km before changing. And they're also the same price.

Iridium Sparklug - P750/pc
Labor - P250/4 pcs*

What about tune up?
Actually, tune up is a severely outdated term. It used to mean adjustment of the distributor, carburetor and timing to bring the car back up to correct running condition. Nowadays with almost all cars, beyond the labor of changing the above three items, everything is controlled by the car's computer and there is nothing for the mechanic to adjust anymore! So we don't charge for tune up because there is no such thing, and if you see a shop that does, they're simply taking your money for zero work done.

*Front facing 4 cylinder engine only, V6, V8, boxer engines P1,500 labor.