Viscosity refers to a fluid’s thickness and resistance to flow. The term weight is often used interchangeably with viscosity, but those two words actually express different properties related to fluids. Knowing the viscosity of motor oil is important because it can have a significant effect on the mechanical processes that occur inside of an engine.

Seasonal temperature changes and long-term climate conditions can impact the performance of motor oil. For cold-weather driving, lower viscosity oil is appropriate while higher viscosity oil should be used in hotter weather. The two numbers on a bottle of motor oil describe the viscosity in both cold and warm conditions.

The team here at MINI of Anchorage in Anchorage, AK is prepared to help you select the right motor oil for your vehicle based upon the season and our general climate. Call or come by to schedule an appointment for an oil and filter change at your convenience.

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