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It is difficult to find anyone who would enjoy getting out of bed on a cold morning and immediately starting their day. Yet, this is exactly what we expect from your vehicles.

As the temperature gets lower, so too does our desire to get out of bed in the morning. Usually, the only motivation we have to put our feet on the cold floor is the thought of a hot shower or an even hotter coffee. As refreshing as these are, neither is going to help your vehicle.

Give Your Car a Helping Hand in the Morning

If you find that your car struggles to start on a cold morning and your routine involves letting it ‘warm-up’ for a few minutes before you get going, Jeff Sheriff has the following post which can help.

What Happens Inside Your Engine?

The best place to start is with a brief and basic understanding of what happens inside your engine when you turn the key. To start and keep your engine operating, small metal parts, all varying in size and shape, interact with each other. This could mean parts bumping against one another, they could be sliding against each other, or they could even be pulling or pushing other parts. As you can likely remember from your high school science class, metal interacting with metal in this way leads to friction which not only slows down the interaction but can also cause damage. Your engine works without friction thanks in large part to your engine oil. When poured in, your engine oil makes its way through your engine system, coating each of your engine parts in a thin film. When in place, this film facilitated smooth interaction between your engine parts, swapping grinding and scraping for smooth sliding. Click here to buy Signature Series 0W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil and help reduce friction in your engine with a synthetic oil change in TARGET. If you aren’t sure if this is the right product for your engine or to learn more about how a synthetic oil change can benefit you, speak with an expert at Jeff Sheriff by calling (305) 451-2147 or check out the online store.

Warming up Your Engine

When you think about warming up your engine, the idea makes sense. After all, after a hot coffee or shower, you feel like you are ready to take on the day. However, warming up your car is a little different and likely isn’t what you think it is. If your current oil is at the end of its life or you are using conventional oil, as the temperature drops overnight, your engine oil begins to thicken and clump up around your engine. When this happens, your engine parts are left without any protection and are susceptible to damage once they start to operate. In order to get this oil back to a consistency where it can once again provide protection, the oil needs to be warmed up. This means that when you are warming up your vehicle you are actually just warming up your engine. Warming up your engine in this regard causes two problems.
  • The first is that, until your engine oil has warmed up and regained its protective consistency, your engine and its parts are operating unprotected. When this happens, your engine parts grind and scrape against each other, slowly chipping away small shards of metal from each other. Over time, this requires each of these parts to be replaced, earlier than you would have expected and often earlier than you can afford.
  • The second is engine performance. These small metal shards don’t dissolve into your oil. Instead, they flow through your engine where they can become lodged in between other moving engine parts. This prevents these parts from working correctly and reducing the performance of your engine.

The Best Way to Prevent Friction Is with a Synthetic Oil Change in TARGET

Synthetic oil, on the other hand, doesn’t suffer from this effect. By design, synthetic oil retains its consistency during cold weather, allowing it to continue protecting your engine and its parts, even when the engine is switched off, and as soon as you turn your key in the morning. For a motorist, this means reduced engine damage, improved performance, and no need to warm up their vehicle in the morning. To find out more about how a synthetic oil change in TARGET can benefit you or for help finding the right synthetic oil for your vehicle, give Jeff Sheriff a call at (305) 451-2147 and trust in their expert advice.