There is no denying the challenge that winter brings for drivers and their vehicles. We stock up on aerosol de-icers, scrapers and check the wear on our tires, making sure they are equipped to handle even the iciest of roads. Every season, once the temperatures begin to drop, we rush out the door in the morning, bundled in layers of coats, sweaters and scarves, duck our heads and brace ourselves against the biting winter wind, only to climb into our car, put the key into the ignition and discover that our car refuses to start right away. What can be done to help winterize what’s under the hood of your vehicle?
If you’ve ever heard industry professionals—your technician or maybe even a car savvy family member—tout the benefits of synthetic motor oil, winter is the perfect time to consider the switch to a full-synthetic motor oil because of the cold start protection it offers. Unlike carbon-based conventional oil, synthetic motor oil is manufactured in a chemical plant. It’s made up of silicon polymers and is engineered to perform even in the coldest temperatures.
“Full synthetic motor oils are designed for extreme weather conditions and help protect your engine from cold winter driving conditions,” said Pennzoil Global Brand Manager, Bree Sandlin. “Because synthetic oil is thinner and creates less drag, it is not as prone to breaking down in the cold and offers less wear and tear on your engine.”
Aside from its ability to endure the elements, synthetic oil offers several other advantages.
“Synthetic motor oil can provide numerous benefits for consumers and their vehicles,” Sandlin said. One of these benefits? An overall cleaner fuel system.
“This type of oil takes cleaning to a whole new level. The placement and function of pistons within the engine make them particularly susceptible to the build-up of contaminants such as soot, carbon and sulfuric and nitric acid, which are all inevitable byproducts of the combustion process,” Sandlin said. “Simply put, all engines generate contaminants.”
When it comes to cleaning an engine, conventional oil just doesn’t perform as well as synthetics.
“The question isn’t whether you need an oil that cleans, but how well your oil cleans the dirt and deposits generated in your engine,” Sandlin said. “The cleanliness of your engine is essential to your vehicle’s life. Not only will synthetic motor oil help keep the engine clean, but it will also clean out engine sludge and contaminants that may have been generated and left behind by inferior oils in the past.”
A cleaner engine means a better running engine. The latest formulations, such as Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil, do such a good job of cleaning on engine that a driver, on average, can log an extra 550 miles a year in saved fuel economy.
If you’ve been hesitant to try a full-synthetic oil in the past, this winter may just be the season you should take one for a test-drive.
Keegan’s offers synthetic oil changes-call to schedule your appointment today (617) 524-9542