With the temperatures starting to drop, it’s important to prepare your vehicle and ensure that you don’t find yourself stuck in a bad situation in the cold. One of the most important components in how well your engine handles the chill of fall and winter is your motor oil. Not everyone adjusts their oil for the season, and some don’t even realize that there’s a difference between winter ready oil and not! Let’s break it down.

Reading The Code

Every oil has a code designating how it performs. For example, 5W30 tells you how good it is at maintaining consistency at lower temperatures. The lower the first number, the better it handles. This isn’t just some random number assigned by a manufacturer to make it seem better. This is provided by the Society for Automotive Engineers after extensive testing. But it’s just a number. What does thicker oil really mean for your engine?

Thicker Oil

Oil needs to flow through your engine to keep it moving smoothly. When it’s colder than your oil is rated for, it gets thicker and less viscous. If it’s thick and has trouble getting into all of the moving parts, your engine won’t run as efficiently. Thicker oil also makes it harder for your engine to push it through, meaning it has to work harder. If your engine consistently has to work harder, it will have a shorter life, meaning your vehicle isn’t running at its full potential. 

Take It To The Experts

When it comes to judging which oil is best for you, it can be hard to make that call without years of experience. That’s why your local mechanics are some of the best resources you can rely on. At Autosaver Ford Comstock, you can be positive that every time you get oil service and advice, it’s the right information!

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