Does Your Vehicle Need Different Engine Oil in the Winter?

Oil being poured into an engine

Winter Engine Oil

Winter is almost here and when the temperature begins to drop, your vehicle may need to have different engine oil to make it through the cold months. As the temperatures get colder, your current oil may not be protecting your engine as well as you think. If you don’t have the proper engine oil in your vehicle during winter, you could be harming your engine every time you drive. Many auto manufacturers recommend you use a different type of engine oil in the winter that can handle the colder temperatures that winter brings. Keep reading to learn more about why your vehicle may need different engine oil in the winter, and which kind to use.

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What Type of Engine Oil Should I Use in the Winter?

The reason there is motor oil in your engine is to keep it lubricated, clean and protected, so you’ll want to be sure you have the proper engine oil in your vehicle. Does your vehicle need different engine oil in the winter?

Having the correct engine oil in your vehicle during the winter can help keep your engine protected. During the cold months of winter, oil can thicken and move more slowly through your vehicle’s engine. When this happens, it puts a strain on many of your engine’s moving parts. The term “oil viscosity” describes how well oil flows at a certain temperature. A thicker oil will take longer to flow through your vehicle’s engine than thinner oil. Generally, a lower-viscosity oil is the best to use during winter as it is thin enough to flow more freely while also still being able to provide enough lubrication to protect your engine.

Many vehicles will recommend a certain viscosity of oil during winter months, so be sure to check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle needs a different engine oil in the winter. It’s a good idea to get an oil change before winter begins to ensure that your engine is protected from the cold temperatures every time you drive your vehicle.

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If you would like to learn even more about what type of engine oil you should use in the winter and why you should use it, please contact Parkway Nissan of Stoney Creek, today, to speak with a knowledgeable service technician. At Parkway Nissan, we want to help your vehicle survive the winter and that’s why we keep our local drivers informed about how to take care of their vehicle during the winter months.

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