[200q20v] winter oil and nasty comments

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Tue Dec 12 08:28:22 EST 2000

I put 100K miles on my first Audi, an '86 4Kq, using Castrol 10W40 dino 
engine oil year around.   In northern Michigan, we get winter temps in the 
20's (F) and occasional spells down to 20 below zero.  Summer temps average 
near 80 with some spikes above 100.  We've kept that car, which has half 
the body swiss-cheesed by rust, around  as a potential source of parts for 
the other 4Kq that my wife drove until our recent purchase of a V8 for her, 
and the other day I started it up and drove it around our 10 acres.  Engine 
ran strong as ever.  The owner manual in the 4K said the car needed no 
significant stationary warm-up,  just gentle driving until warmed up, and 
that's how I've always treated it.  Maybe that's why the body rusted so 
badly? :~)

At 11:12 AM 11/08/2000 -0500, Mark Trank wrote:

>Fellow listers:
>I've monitored various posts since joining the list concerning the correct
>oil weight(s) for winter driving.  I use Mobil 1 15w-50 in my 200q and
>recall that some owners prefer 15w-40 or 15w-30 during the coldest months,
>while others stay with the heavier oil throughout.  FYI, I'm in Central
>Virginia and winters here are mostly moderate (40's), with occasional cold
>snaps in the 20's and 30's, with snow, ice etc.  My view at this point is to
>stay with 15w-50 but make sure I leave adequate warming time for the engine
>on the coldest days, which I would do regardless of which oil I use (though
>school drop-off times for the kids sometimes forces an earlier than optimal
>departure time!)

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