Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings: A Brief Explanation

Here at Volvo Cars Edinburg in Edinburg, TX, we try to help our consumers stay informed about their vehicles. Staying current with oil changes is important, but it is equally important to keep the right engine oil in your vehicle, which is determined by motor oil viscosity ratings. To learn more about motor oil viscosity ratings, read below.

Have you noticed a number and letter, such as 10W, on a bottle of motor oil? This is its viscosity rating. The number tells you how the motor oil resists flow in hot temperatures, and the letter lets you know how much the motor oil resists flow in cold temperatures. A motor oil with a low viscosity will flow better in cold temperatures than a motor oil with a high viscosity.

Call our service center and schedule an appointment the next time that you need an oil change or other maintenance services.

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