What Does Motor Oil Viscosity Mean?

When you are getting your vehicle's motor oil changed, have you heard the service mechanics discuss motor oil viscosity? At Lithia Kia of Anchorage in Anchorage, AK, one of our goals is to help you stay informed about how your vehicle functions. Read further to learn what motor oil viscosity ratings mean.

When you look on a bottle of motor oil, have you notices numbers and a letter? For instance, 10W-30 and 20W-40 are common types of motor oil. Viscosity refers to how much the motor oil can resist flow. The number that comes before the letter will tell you how fast the motor oil moves at colder temperatures, and the number that comes after the letter will let you know its viscosity at hotter temperatures.

If you need to have your vehicle's motor oil changed, call our service center to schedule an appointment. Our service technicians will make certain that the right motor oil is put in your engine.

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