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5W-30 Oil Still Good At Subzero Weather?

Specifications for my snowblower states that a regular 5W-30 oil will protect the motor down to only zero degrees Fahrenheit. If in subzero temperatures, would running motor (with no load) and warming it up make this oil acceptable before proceeding to use the machine? (0W-30 Synthetic Oil protects in subzero temperatures but could not find this kind of oil around yet). Any advices? Thanks.

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If your blower is stored in a semi heated space and doesn't reach the below zero temps you will be fine. If not, then maybe someone else can be more help to you. Here in Cleveland we don't generally see temps below 0.

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Specifications for my snowblower states that a regular 5W-30 will protect the motor down to only zero degrees Fahrenheit. If in subzero temperatures, would running motor (with no load) and warming it up make this oil acceptable before proceeding to use the machine? (0W-30 Synthetic Oil protects in subzero temperatures but could not find this kind of oil around yet). Any advices? Thanks.
What kind of snowblower is it? I'm looking at the manual for my Yamaha YS-624T which is probably from the late 80s/early 90s and it says 5W-30 is good for up to -20 F.

Also, where are you located? 0w-30 from Mobil 1 and Castrol are common in my area.


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It's a Craftsman snowthrower. Different engines require different oil viscosities in various outside temperature ranges. I just need to know if warming the motor up before clearing the pavements is still safe for the engine with a 5W-30 oil in subzero temperatures.
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What kind of snowblower is it? I'm looking at the manual for my Yamaha YS-624T which is probably from the late 80s/early 90s and it says 5W-30 is good for up to -20 F.

Also, where are you located? 0w-30 from Mobil 1 and Castrol are common in my area.
It's a Craftsman snowthrower. Different engines require different oil viscosities in various outside temperature ranges. I just need to know if warming the motor up before clearing the pavements is still safe for the engine with a 5W-30 oil in subzero temperatures.
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Bud, if you're truly concerned about extreme lo temps and 5W30, just throw a syn 5w30 in there and move on. The cold flow characteristics are very different compared to a petro-based oil.

(I'd recommend Mobil 1 5W30 high mileage.)
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5w30 is fine and just like your car you should always warm the engine before putting it under load
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5W-30 Oil Still Good At Subzero Weather?

Thanks for the advices everyone. All suggestions in here are appreciated. But I have decided to play it safe. Not using the appropriate oil in different subzero temperature conditions probably would hurt the engine at startup, even without load. So I will go on a quest for a 0W-30 synthetic oil on the Internet for the nearest store or gasoline service station that has it. I will search far if I have to, anyway we have had a warm up and the skies are clear back here.
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Without going into any detail warming the oil prior to starting it will work just fine.
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I wonder what Craftsman motor that is?
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