Motor Oil Viscosity: What Does It All Mean?

Motor oil viscosity ratings are an important thing to understand. Motor oil is essential for proper engine function. Choosing the wrong option can cause unnecessary wear on the engine's numerous components.

An oil's viscosity rating indicates how thick the product is. A lower rating means that the oil is thin and flows easily. On the other hand, higher ratings mean that the oil is thick. Generally, thin oil is best suited for cold environments. Any oil will thicken up once the temperature drops. If your oil is too thick, it will take some work to circulate the engine when it's cold outside. If you live in a warmer climate, you'll want a higher viscosity rating. A motor oil that's too thin will not be able to properly lubricate moving parts. This can lead to wear and damage.

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