Your engine oil keeps all the parts of your engine lubricated to reduce friction and prevent any damage to your engine. However, different engine oils have different efficiency and fluidity at high and low temperatures. You can tell a lot about an engine oil’s performance at different temperatures by its viscosity grade.
A viscosity grade has two parts to it, with the whole grade looking like ‘XW-XX’, e.g. 5W-40. The ‘W’ stands for winter, and the numbers relate to engine oil performance in high and low temperatures.
- The first number before the W is for the oil’s flow at low temperatures. Lower numbers here mean the oil will thicken less during cold weather.
- The two numbers after the W relate to how resistant the oil is to thinning at high temperatures over 100 degrees Celsius.
Modern engines benefit more from lower grade viscosities as they let your engine oil perform more efficiently and help improve your fuel economy. Older vehicles may require higher grade viscosity.
5W-40 synthetic engine oils
For an adaptable engine oil, 5W-40 viscosity is suitable for many different vehicle makes and ages, providing high protection that helps extend your engine life. Ready to tackle any conditions 5W-40 engine oil provides high performance from a cold start-up of your engine and in winter temperatures, while the 40 weight of the oil is ready to keep flowing in even the hottest of environments.
Mobil 5W-40 engine oil
Mobil Super™ offers a range of synthetic, semi-synthetic and conventional oils providing different levels of protection to match the conditions you face, whilst always ensuring you can drive with full confidence.More about Mobil Super™