Waterford Township might not get as cold in the winter as northern Michigan, but we still get plenty of snow. Fall is just around the corner, but it isn’t too soon to talk about the best oil for your vehicle this winter. If you drive a new car, truck or SUV, it probably already has synthetic motor oil in it, but even if you don’t, Meadows Automotive recommends synthetic oil to combat freezing temperatures.
Best All Year
Honestly, synthetic motor oil works better than conventional motor oil all year round, but it really shines in extreme temperatures. The last few summers have brought temperatures as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Waterford Township, and synthetic motor oil doesn’t break down as quickly as conventional oil does in this extreme heat. This helps prevent your vehicle from overheating.
The same holds true in the winter. When the mercury drops below freezing, synthetic oil sustains its viscosity better than conventional oil does. Conventional motor oil thickens in cold weather, which means it doesn’t flow through your engine as well as it does in warmer temperatures. Synthetic motor oil is manmade, and it doesn’t lose its viscosity in the ice and snow. It keeps engine parts lubricated.
If you have trouble starting your car in the winter, synthetic motor oil might help you out. The sooner motor oil flows through the engine, the quicker your vehicle and heater are ready to go. Because synthetic oil remains fluid, it pumps through your engine quicker than conventional oil does, which reduces vehicle warm-up time in the morning and at the end of your day.
How Does it Work?
As mentioned above, synthetic motor oil is manmade and it has what is called friction modifiers added to it. These modifiers prevent engine friction better than conventional oil which, in turn, increases engine and fuel efficiency, even during the cold winter months. The longer you have to warm up your vehicle before you can drive it, the more gasoline you use. Friction modifiers prevent oil freeze.
You get the picture, but there is one more reason why synthetic motor oil is better than conventional motor oil no matter the season and that is oil changes. Because of its ability to withstand extreme temperatures without losing its viscosity, synthetic motor oil lasts longer in your engine. In most cases, rather than changing your oil every 3,000 miles, you can go 7,500 miles with synthetic oil.
Meadows Automotive in Waterford Township offers both synthetic or conventional motor oil to our customers and we will get your oil changed in no time so you can go on with your day. Call us today to schedule an appointment for an oil change and seriously consider using synthetic motor oil.