Just because it’s cold, don’t avoid regular oil changes. Tracy’s Automotive can help with oil changes and making sure you use the right oil for your car or truck.
Cold weather has hit Wichita. While it might be fun to get out in the ice and snow to play, it’s more of a challenge to drive around town and do your regular errands and chores. Chores like getting your car’s oil changed. But ignoring – or putting off – that oil change because it’s cold would be the worst thing you could do for your car. As it is, cold weather is rough on your engine and there’s no need to make it harder by using the wrong – or dirty – oil.
“Colder temperatures can change how well motor oil keeps your engine running. You may need to change the oil to maintain a smooth ride all winter,” familyhandyman.com says. “Colder temperatures thicken up and slow down motor oil. If the oil can’t move easily through the engine, it puts a strain on your car battery (which is already working harder in the winter) and your starter.”
Familyhandyman.com notes that, when people talk about “winterizing your car,” they’re generally referring to a change in the weight of the oil. A lighter oil is easier for the engine to use in winter than a heavier oil. But, you don’t want to go too light or the oil won’t lubricate the engine components because it will go through the system too fast.
So, what’s the best oil weight? The one recommended by your owner’s manual.
“Generally, 5W-30 is widely recommended because it’s actually good to use year-round. If you’re using a higher viscosity oil than that, your user manual may recommend changing to a lower viscosity for the winter,” familyhandyman.com says. “Just be sure not to go lower than the recommended viscosity because if the oil is too thin, it won’t provide enough lubrication for the engine.”
If you’ve misplaced your owner’s manual or you have other questions about the right oil to use, then talk with a Wichita auto care expert like the Wichita auto care specialists at Tracy’s Automotive.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
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