Engines have to work even harder during cold weather, and lubricants and coolants play a crucial role in maintaining the reliability of vehicles.
Low temperatures reduce the effectiveness of oil and make it thicker meaning circulation through the engine is not as efficient as thinner oil, which can lead to damage to the components, and even a failure to start.
Using the right type of premium quality oil that provides outstanding wear protection is therefore essential to engine health and performance during adverse weather conditions. The ‘W’ on the code on the label stands for ‘winter’ and indicates the oil’s cold weather ability. The lower the number next to the ‘W,’ the more effectively it will perform.
The entire Total Quartz range offers excellent engine protection, reduced component wear, enhanced fuel economy and improved performance. It also features Age Resistant Technology (ART) which fights against friction, corrosion, and deposits within the engine and therefore reduces potential cold start issues.
As well as oil, it is also essential to check the coolant level and concentration regularly during the cold months to ensure protection at sub-zero temperatures.
Total Lubricants provide a suite of premium quality and officially approved OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) products for cars and an array of other vehicles. The range, which is formulated based on Organic Acid Technology (OAT), includes both ready-to-use and concentrate types and many products that protect against freezing, even in temperatures as low as -37°C.
Total Glacelf and Coolelf coolants contain the additives required to protect a full range of different types of vehicles while providing exceptional performance in freezing temperatures.
The Glacelf SI-OAT is the concentrate which is added to de-mineralised water at different concentrations to give the desired low-temperature operation: freezing point -20°C at 33 per cent and -37°C at 50 per cent. This product is a ‘very-long-life’ antifreeze made of monoethylene glycol, while the Coolelf SI-OAT -37°C is pre-mixed ready for use.
Bob Wood, technical engineer at Total Lubricants said: “Ensuring vehicles start first-time and keeping them running smoothly presents more of a challenge in winter, so when the temperature starts to drop, it’s worthwhile using appropriate and high-quality lubricants and coolants as this can help keep engines operating in peak condition while protecting vital components.”
The Total Quartz range is distributed in Ireland by Finol Oils, for more information contact the Finol team at 01-455 5484 or go to www.finol.ie/contact-us.