Winter Vehicle Maintenance: Cold-Weather Oil Change
If you live in an area that experiences all four seasons, you know this all too well. You also know that winterizing your vehicle is an actual thing. One important part of getting your car ready for the cold season is an oil change. Changing the oil in the winter isn’t all that different from changing it at any other time of year, but there are a few things specific to the season that you need to be aware of.
Of course, you should always defer to the instructions provided in your owner’s manual. But, it’s generally recommended that you get an oil change before the cold weather hits. If you have a vehicle that you store during the winter, it’s a good idea to change your oil and filters before it sits for an extended period of time. If you don’t, water and acid (by-products of combustion) can build up and damage the engine.
Taming the cold
If you’re changing your own oil in the winter, there are a few things that can make it easier.
- Running the engine for several minutes before you change the oil will warm it enough that it will thin and drain more easily and quickly.
- Store your wrench in a warm location before you begin. The metal of the wrench attracts cold and holds onto it, making it uncomfortable to work with, even with gloved hands.
- You don’t need to change to a different oil viscosity in the winter. Today’s products already contain additives that address changes in temperature.
You don’t have to go it alone
The truth is, changing your own oil in the cold weather can be pretty uncomfortable and downright crummy. When you take your vehicle to a reputable oil change center like Conrad’s, you can rest assured you’ll get amazing service and some free perks, too.
With each oil change, Conrad’s will also:
- Lubricate your vehicle’s steering linkage.
- Top off your under-hood fluid levels.
- Check your tire’s tread depth and pressure.
- Lube the door hinges.
- Inspect wipers, headlights, bulbs, and the air filter.
No matter the season, keep up with maintenance
It’s no secret that keeping up with car maintenance services, like oil changes, will significantly extend the life of your car and keep it running at peak performance. Now’s the best time to bring your vehicle in for a “check-up” and oil change before the harsh winter sets in.