Starting while parked on incline


Old 12-29-09, 12:51 PM
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Starting while parked on incline

I have a sloping driveway and tend to park my cars with front facing down the slope. The angle of the slope would be less than 20 degrees.

I was wondering if the fact that they are on a slope affects the oil delivery to the engine at start-up in our cold winters. I was wondering if the oil would pool to one side of oil pan and not be pick-up properly by oil pump.

I regularly check my oil level to ensure it is not low. I also use synthetic oil.
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Old 12-29-09, 05:40 PM
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Unless it is extremely low on oil, the pickup should do its job without problem. You could always install an engine heater for really cold nights to keep the oil fluid. I have to do that on my diesel anyway. Helps to turn the engine over easier and the engine has some semblance of heat at startup for defrosting. Wife gets to use carport.

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