How Long Should I Warm a Car Before Changing the Oil?

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Warm Oil Change

  • Warm and hot oil is not as thick as oil that is cold. The thinner consistency makes it simpler to perform maintenance. Run the car on idle or around the block for 5 minutes prior to an oil change, recommends the National Automotive Parts Association.

Cold Oil Change

  • A cold oil change will not harm a vehicle. However, more of the old liquid remains in the car's system with a cold oil change. The cold method can result in more frequent changes.

Bottom Line

  • Warm a car 5 minutes for a warm oil change. Perform a cold oil change to prevent accidental injuries from hot oil and car parts. It is best to have a certified mechanic perform all oil changes to prevent personal injuries or potential damage to the vehicle.

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