Choosing The Best Engine Oil For Winter

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Regular oil and filter changes are imperative for your car’s health.

W Is For Winter, That’s Good Enough For Me

Motor oil needs to be the correct consistency and viscosity. The types of oils are measured by how thick or thin it is and determines how fast it flows. During winter, you need a lower viscosity oil to account for the slowing that happens in the harsher winter temperature.

The varieties of engine oil are given a rating code by the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) — 5W30 for example. The lower the W number, the better the engine oil will work in the colder winter temperature. We recommend using 5W oil for winter use. Need an oil change? Make an appointment to your local AAMCO Colorado to get your car ready for winter.

AAMCO Engine Oil Experts - Oil Code 5w30 - Viscosity
Infographic illustrating the types of engine oil and the codes - We recommend 5W30 for all year engine oil.
Learn the difference between Engine Oils to get the most out of your vehicle

Synthetic or Conventional Engine Oil

Engine oil is generally created with 80% base oil and 20% additives. While the base oil can be synthetic, conventional or a blend of both, the additives can include a variety of ingredients that help your can run smoothly, such as detergents, dispersants, viscosity index improvers and more.

  • Conventional Oil: Although it contains some impurities, this is the standard car oil — affordable and meets more manufacturer requirements.Conventional Oil: Although it contains some impurities, this is the standard car oil — affordable and meets more manufacturer requirements.
  • High Mileage Oil: Using some special conditioning agents and additives, this conventional oil has been enhanced to help prevent leaks and reduce oil consumption in older engines. This is a popular helpful option for helping a car with more than 75,000 miles on it last longer.
  • Synthetic Blend Oil: The next step up for drivers who want to improve vehicle performance at a lower cost than full synthetic, these oils have a dose of synthetic oil mixed with mineral oil. 
  • Full Synthetic Oil: This oil is perfect for modern, high performance engines and has fewer impurities, lengthening the life of your engine. It flows better than the other types of oil at lower temperatures and maintains maximum lubrication at high temperatures. This is the best for engine protection even if it isn’t required.

Change Is Good

You could choose the perfect engine oil for your car, but that won’t matter if you don’t schedule oil changes regularly. Motor oil wears out over time causing potenially expensive, damaging effects on your vehicle. It’s important to keep your oil fresh regularly if you want to maximize performance, fuel economy and your engine life.

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For the health of your vehicle, check your owner's manual on how often to change your oil

What’s Best For Your Car

For year-round protection, a multi-viscosity 5W30 oil flows well in both cold weather and extremely hot engine temperatures. Either way, however, it’s important to take a look at your vehicle owner’s manual to find the proper viscosity grade and oil type and how often it needs an oil change. If you have any questions or need an oil change, schedule an appointment with your local AAMCO Colorado to talk to our motor oil experts. They can help you understand the perfect oil type for your car and it’s benefits. 

A Local Auto Repair Expert Can Help!

Nothing lasts forever, including your car battery. If all signs, or even just a few, are pointing towards battery failure, don’t wait until you’re stranded to replace your battery. Stop by your local Colorado auto repair center and we will help you get your car back into tip top shape!

Take Care of Your Car’s Heart

Schedule an appointment today at your nearest AAMCO learn more about what engine oil your vehicle needs. We will help you increase your mileage and lengthen the life of your engine.

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