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?
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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