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What Do Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings Mean?

Viscosity refers to the thickness of a fluid. Your car’s engine specifications and temperature establish the appropriate motor oil viscosity. Oil that is too thin won’t lubricate all of the moving parts effectively, and oil that’s too thick can cause them to work harder than is necessary.

The numbers located on a bottle of multi-grade motor oil reveal its cold and hot weather viscosity. A 5W30 oil, for instance, tells you that the maximum viscosity of the oil in cold weather is 5. Low viscosity levels during cold weather is better for engine performance. 

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Why Should You Maintain Your Brake Pads?

Brake pads are an important part of the braking system. When you hit the brakes, the pads are there to create friction on the rotors. There are also calipers in place that help to squeeze the pads onto the rotors. If your pads are low, you will hear loud screeching sounds as you apply the brakes.

If you hear sounds when you drive in Goshen, it's a good indication that you need to replace the brake pads. If you don't get them replaced quickly, it can result in damaging the rotors and calipers, too. With new pads intact…

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