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How to Keep Your Engine Performing Well in Cold Weather

The cold winter months can be tough on your engine

AAMCOLeesSummit  | 12/24/2015
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How to Keep Your Engine Performing Well in Cold Weather
Cold weather can push your engine harder and make it more difficult for it to function properly. Your engine must work to overcome freezing temps that don’t just cause your car to operate less efficiently but can also cause engine damage that requires some engine repairs. In extremely cold weather, your vehicle may have some difficulty in starting or seem sluggish on the road. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help your engine perform better and help to prevent engine repair.

Engine Trouble
During winter months, your vehicle’s motor oil becomes thicker, which causes it to flow more slowly. Due to this, your engine must work harder to circulate the oil. It can also take a longer time for colder oil to reach its vapor point. These circumstances often interfere with the engine’s performance and can require you to get some engine repair. Using motor oil with the proper viscosity can make a huge difference to your engine and potentially prevent the need for engine repair.

Oil Filters 
Your oil filter also plays a part in cold weather driving. Your car’s filter must work with thicker oil, while at the same time still keeping away harmful particulates. By selecting the right oil filter you can help ensure that your engine will run better and also help you to avoid costly engine repair services moving forward.
The cold weather months can be tough on your engine. With the correct oil and filter selected, you can dramatically improve your car’s winter-weather driving performance, which can essentially extend the life of your car. 
The experienced team of auto repair technicians at AAMCO Lee’s Summit can provide you with all of the engine repair and maintenance services your vehicle needs to keep you safe on the road. Call us today for an easy appointment.

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