What motor oil should I use in my car during the winter?

I've heard rumors that you should use a specific type of motor oil during the winter. Is this true? If so, what type of motor oil should I use in my car during the winter?

Answer
“Most experts agree that motor oils beginning in 5W are the best for winter, especially in climates with extremely low temperatures.
Motor oil is measured in viscosity, which you can see on the labels. For example, 5W-30 would be a type of motor oil viscosity. The first number 5W is what you should be concerned with, as the W refers to winter. In this case, the lower the number, the less viscous the oil during the winter.
While other motor oils won’t hurt your vehicle, treating your car with the best motor oil can help your vehicle last longer, improve resale value, and lessen the chance that you’ll have to pay out of pocket or file a claim with your used car warranty.
While you’re looking into the best ways to winter-proof your vehicle, you should also consider adding roadside assistance to your car insurance policy. Ice and snow make the roads treacherous, so it’s a good idea to have a backup plan if the worst case happens. Jerry’s partner, Urgently, pays for an Uber if you ever need a tow. They also offer lockout services, tire changes, and jump starts. You can get this peace of mind for only $50 a year.”
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Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 31, 2021
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