The winter weather and temperatures can affect your vehicle more than you realize. One area that is affected is where all the fluids are in the vehicle. Oils and lubricants are key components to maintaining a healthy engine so your vehicle can go for miles and miles. Viscosity is the most important property of a lubricant and the single most important factor in determining engine health. Since viscosity is such an important factor in maintaining vehicle health, it is important to know how the temperatures affect the oil and other lubricants. In cold temperatures, your car’s fluids actually change in viscosity, they become more viscous. This includes your oil, antifreeze, and other lubricating fluids.
When choosing the right oil for your car, the manufacturer specifications are key because you need that oil to properly lubricate your engine. Too thin or too thick and it’s essentially useless. It is well-known that most engine wear occurs at startup due to the time it takes the oil to coat all metal surfaces. A lubricant’s ability to provide initial lubrication despite the cold is important. If possible, it’s a good idea to change your oil with the seasons. A contaminated or dirty oil will greatly affect how your oil’s viscosity changes with temperature. New oil and a new oil filter will help keep everything running properly in the winter.
If you notice that oil is leaking from your vehicle, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible for an inspection. By noticing the issue at the first sign, you can help prevent further damage and wear and tear in the long run. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance, make sure to contact us and we can advise you correctly.