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Old 12-29-2013, 03:31 PM
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Engine oil viscosity

I live in Orlando, FL and now have an unplanned trip to Chicago next week. I had the oil changed a few weeks ago at the Ford dealer with the standard 15w-40 weight conventional oil (they had a $60 special for oil and filter). The low temperatures in Chicago this time of year could be around 0 F. My question is will my engine be OK for the couple weeks I will be Chicago with the current oil? I do not want to damage the engine but I would also rather not have to change the oil again. Anyone have thoughts on this. Thank you.
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:38 PM
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I run 15-40 year round.

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I live in Orlando, FL and now have an unplanned trip to Chicago next week. I had the oil changed a few weeks ago at the Ford dealer with the standard 15w-40 weight conventional oil (they had a $60 special for oil and filter). The low temperatures in Chicago this time of year could be around 0 F. My question is will my engine be OK for the couple weeks I will be Chicago with the current oil? I do not want to damage the engine but I would also rather not have to change the oil again. Anyone have thoughts on this. Thank you.
15-40 is not going to damage your engine. I run it in Northern Wisconsin but I do plug it in when it gets really cold...
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It'll be fine, just not be happy starting up. That's it.
Make sure you get good fuel from further north and even winter fuel additives to keep from gelling. I'd even keep a bottle of 911 in there too.
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