At what temperature does oil freeze?

My mom is relocating to a rural area with freezing winters. I’m worried about her in the low temperatures, especially if she gets stranded and her car won’t start. At what temperature does oil freeze?

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Bonnie Stinson · Answered on Sep 27, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Oil can’t technically freeze but can coagulate, which often happens between -4 and- 76°F.
Thinner oil can help reduce the likelihood of this happening. Find out if her vehicle is compatible with a synthetic 0W or 5W motor oil.
In the winter, it’s a good idea to store her vehicle in a sheltered area like a garage. Remind your mom to warm up her car before driving it, too.
Regular maintenance is the best way to keep a car running smoothly in all weather. But it’s also a good idea to make sure your mom has a good car insurance policy. She might benefit from a roadside assistance add-on, in case she needs a jumpstart at home or gets locked out of her car in a snowstorm. Use the free Jerry app to research policies for her (or you!).
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