warming up your car in morning

From the first time you drove in cold weather, your parents might have told you to let the car warm up first before you take off. But, is it really necessary to warm up your car before you drive in the winter?

This advice rings true for most vehicles built before 1995. Before 1995 vehicles used a carburetor, a device that mixes air and fuel and allows the engine to keep running. But vehicles today use a fuel injection method that replaced the carburetor.

While it may not be as important for the engine, your vehicle’s oil still benefits. Oil tends to thicken in low temperatures. Once thick, the oil won’t properly lubricate the engine until warmed. The good news is that it only takes 30 seconds to warm, and you can warm it up by driving.

Giving your car or truck low viscosity grade oil during the winter can also help in the long run. If you’re due for an oil change or service, you can trust Levrett and/or Allen’s Automotive to make sure you’re set for the winter.

If you have any questions about oils or car maintenance during the winter, you can give us a call at our Reno or Sparks locations, Reno: (775) 323-6151 | Sparks: (775) 358-4143