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Low oil light comes on after starting, then when car is warmed up light will turn off, temp. here in KY. has been 30 degrees.

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  • boboman581 Feb 06, 2010

    Use Mobil 1 5w 20w
    Think I'll wait till the rain and snow stops, check oil this afternoon, will not drive car.
    THANKS FOR THE RESPONSE

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Suggest switching to a synthetic oil, they tend to flow better in the cold.

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