Weight or Winter and Other Motor Oil Confusions

Weight? Winter? What, exactly, does the "W" in the name of the motor oil stand for? A lot of people think it stands for "weight," but a lot of people are wrong. The "W" actually does stand for winter. This is because engines need different viscosity ratings, depending on the temperature outside, so the manufacturer is letting you know that this is a winter-grade motor oil.

Are you ready for another one? You don't actually have to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or 3 months. Or at least not necessarily. Some are engineered to go 5,000 miles or even 7,000 miles between oil changes. You can check your owner's manual to find out the specifics on your vehicle.

If you're interested in learning more, come to our service center at Lithia Hyundai of Anchorage in Anchorage, AK, and we'll be happy to tell you more and change your oil for you, if your vehicle needs it.

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