Do You Know What Do Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings Mean?

When viscosity is used in reference to motor oil, it simply means how thick it is. It’s important to check your vehicle’s specifications before choosing oil. They will guide you on the appropriate viscosity and temperature for your engine.

When you read a multi-grade bottle of oil, you’ll see a smaller number, followed by a W, and a larger number. In a 20W50 oil, for example, the first number, 20, indicates the highest viscosity, or thickest, the oil will be in cold conditions. The W means winter. The 50 here, represents the thickest it will be when the temperature reaches 212 degrees. A thinner oil, lower viscosity is appropriate in cold conditions, while higher viscosity is what you need when it’s hot.

We would welcome the opportunity to help you choose the right oil for your vehicle. When you’re in the Blue Springs area, stop in to Blue Springs Ford and speak with one of our service technicians.

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