Should you check your oil before seasonal weather shifts?

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Your oil is an unsung hero in the battle against engine wear and damage. It stands up to high-temperatures and pressures, not to mention furiously rotating engine-parts. As such, it pays to give your oil occasional inspections to make sure it is indeed doing its job. While not normally important during warmer weather, it is important to check on the viscosity status of your oil before colder seasons, especially if the vehicle is new to you.

150 × 150Viscosity is a measure of the ways different liquids stand up to pressure and temperature. Higher viscosity fluids tend to be thicker in consistency, like honey, while lower viscosity fluids are more liquid.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) viscosity ratings reflect this principle. Items lower in number are lower viscosity oils, and the higher numbers have higher viscosities. Examples include the numbers 10, 20, and 30 for high-viscosity oils. Cold weather fluids have the letter 'W" in the mix. Examples are 5W-30 and 10W-30.

For information about the specific needs of your vehicle, come to our Annapolis service center today. You'll meet our experienced Volvo Cars Annapolis oil systems technicians, who are happy to help you prepare your system for the next cold-weather spell.



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