What Do Those Ratings Mean On Oil Cans?

We all know that without the proper amount of motor oil, the engines in our cars, trucks, or SUV's will certainly seize and quit functioning to work - possibly sustaining permanent damage. You can find a vast selection of motor oil to add to your engine almost anywhere. It is readily available at gas stations, auto parts stores, big box stores, and even grocery stores. But how do you know which one you need? That answer can be found in the code on the can, commonly referred to as the weight.

But that code contains quite a bit of information, and it is important that you have a basic understanding of what it means. For example, a breakdown of 10W-40 would look like this:

  • 10 = The oil's viscosity at low temperatures. The lower this number is, the thinner the oil is.
  • W = Winter (bringing it back to the viscosity of the oil at low temperatures)
  • 40 = This describes the thickness of the oil at high temperatures, such as during engine operation.

If you have any other questions about oil viscosity then feel free to contact the service experts here at Belk Ford Inc. in Oxford, MS and ask them.

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