At one time, there were only a couple of choices for motor oil. Today, that is no longer the case, and hasn't been for quite some time. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to consider when it's time for an oil change:
- Viscosity: Viscosity is how thick your oil is, and how it retains its pour properties at various temperatures. In this respect, synthetic oil is far superior. Conventional oils will thicken in cold weather and thin out when very hot, while the viscosity of synthetic is much more uniform. Check your owner's manual -- many newer models require a thinner, lower-viscosity oil, which also helps the engine run more efficiently. Viscosity is expressed as a numerical value -- the lower the number, the thinner the oil. Many are designed to work ...[more]
So you step on the brake pedal and hear a loud, high-pitched groan or squeal. That means you’re headed for auto repair and your brakes are about to need replacement, right? Not necessarily.
If…and this is a big, important “if”…your brakes are performing normally and you don’t seem to be experiencing any loss in braking power, that obnoxious noise might be nothing to worry about. The friction material on brake pads is a very hard, dense compound of semi-metallic fibers or ceramic; sometimes, that noise can just be caused by the pads themselves vibrating while brakes are applied. That will also make the brake rotor vibrate, and between the two assemblies, you’ll hear a loud squealing or ringing sound, sometimes only as the car is just coming to a complete ...[more]
Automotive technology has come a long way since the mid-20th century, and so has motor oil. A 1940s-era car didn’t feature an oil pump or oil filter. Instead, they relied on dippers on the crankshaft’s counterweights, which would then sling oil to coat crucial moving parts. Motor oils in those days weren’t designed with detergents and other additives to help keep the engine clean; even with frequent oil change intervals, many cars would be in need of an engine overhaul by the time they reached 80,000 miles.
Today’s motor oil formulations incorporate additives to suspend contaminants in the oil so they can easily be trapped by the oil filter. Here are a few other facts about motor oil you may not have known:
Many motorists do not take the time to schedule regular oil changes, but did you know something as simple as a seasonal oil change can have multiple benefits on your vehicle’s performance and overall longevity? A simple seasonal oil change, when done every 3 months, or 3,000 to 6,000 miles depending on your vehicle, can keep your vehicle running more smoothly, and for much longer. Oil changes are the most inexpensive way to provide quality maintenance to your vehicle and prevent many common issues due to age and wear.
For example, an oil change will remove old, dirty oil, as well as replace the old filter, keeping the engine free from harmful dirt and debris. Small particles like dirt, road debris, and even air pollutants can get into the engine and begin to corrode away the moving parts. If engine oil is dirty, it will not prope ...[more]
The absolute easiest thing that you can do for the life of your vehicle is to be diligent about getting regular oil changes. It is the most vital part of routine maintenance and will keep your vehicle running smoother, performing better, and help prevent many of the most common causes of breakdowns. Under normal driving conditions, most mechanics will recommend changing your oil about every 3,000 miles, or every 3 months. Oil changes are typically a quick and simple service that can be done in a matter of a few minutes at your trusted automotive shop or something that you can do at home with the proper tools. With a full service oil change, your mechanic will usually check or replace your air filter, visually inspect your belts and hoses, check fluid levels, check your tire pressure, and looks for signs of lea ...[more]
Your vehicle is a complex machine with many moving parts and functions. In order to keep those parts moving freely and to reduce damage as well as to keep out water and dirt, one of the most important things you can do is keep engine parts protected and lubricated with an oil change. Regular oil changes are vital to the life of your engine and can extend its performance for years, keeping the engines free of sludge. Most manufacturers recommend changing your oil every 3,000-6,000 miles, depending on your vehicle use and the type of oil you are using. Oil changes are one of the easiest, most affordable, and most reliable ways to keep your car running smoothly and problem free.
Oil Changes are essential to:
- Reduce engine wear
- Remove engine sludge