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5 Simple Oil Change Tips This Winter

Whether you’re planning to go on a holiday trip or storing your vehicle this winter, getting your regular oil change is never a bad idea. But the actual changing of oil is just one of a few things to be mindful of. There are other nuances to consider when changing the oil in winter.

In this post, we enumerated some simple oil change tips that are particularly helpful in winter. And if you are in Plover, WI and nearby areas, you can have your oil changed at Little Wolf Automotive.  

1. Choose Winter-Grade Oil.

Ensure the oil you use is the type recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. And thankfully, there are multi-grade oils that are graded for winter.

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For example, if the manufacturer says 5W30, you should use 5W30. Otherwise, the oil you use could be too thin that it doesn’t stick to the engine or too thick that it doesn’t flow in cold conditions. 

2. Prepare Your Engine.

Run your engine for five minutes. Doing so will warm the oil, making sure it flows and lubricates your engine. Running your engine also lets you check for any oil leaks.

3. Change Oil Filters. 

Oil is pushed into an oil filter during start-up. This can create pressure that can cause damage to various components of your vehicle. 

However, don’t use just any filter. Use high-quality ones, preferably the OEM filter for your vehicle or a branded one.

4. Warm Your Oil Filter Wrench. 

If you’re doing the oil change yourself, another tip is to keep the oil filter wrench warm before changing the oil. This is especially true if the tool has a metal handle. 

This action should prevent the cold from seeping right through your gloves. This isn’t mandatory, but it makes changing the oil easier.

5. Pick a Good Time for an Oil Change. 

If you’re going to let your vehicle sit in storage, change the oil before the cold sets in. The oil absorbs water, acid, and other combustion by-products, which could affect the oil’s freezing temperature. 

If you plan to drive in winter, change the oil before the trip. Cold conditions can make oil thicker, making it less likely to circulate adequately during start-up. If you run your engine for the first few minutes without adequate oil, the situation can result in engine problems.

Contact Little Wolf Automotive for Oil Changes in Plover, WI

Ideally, it would be best if you got an oil change during fall or before winter. But if for some reason you had a delay, follow the five tips above for a successful oil change. 

Call Little Wolf Automotive in Plover, WI at (715) 883-5111 or fill out this form for inquiries. You don’t need an appointment for an oil change as you directly stop by our quick lube shop at 2550 Plover Road, Plover, WI 54467.