Taking care of your vehicle is a lot like taking care of your own health. Everyone knows that it’s better to address a problem either before it starts or when it’s still at Stage 1, rather than waiting until it’s at Stage 5 and it’s a lot more complex and expensive to fix. These are all preventive maintenance items you shouldn’t just blow off when it comes to your vehicle:
Oil changes: Just like your dad told you, make sure you have that oil changed at regular intervals. Oil changes mean that the inside of your engine stays free of carbon or sludge buildups, and a clean engine means a reduction in wear and a longer service life. Conventional oil should be changed about every 5,000 miles, while synthetic oil can go 10-12,000 miles (ch ...[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:
Summer is here, and it’s time to start thinking about your car’s AC system! Nobody likes driving around in a hot, stuffy car, and a car with an AC system which only works marginally is somehow almost even worse than one which doesn’t work at all. Let’s go through a few tips which can help you keep your ride a little more comfortable this summer…
Remember a cars AC system is really a heat exchanger which moves hot air out of your vehicle, then replaces it with cold air. One thing you can do to help improve its efficiency is to leave your windows down an inch or two (if possible) when you park the car, helping to prevent excess heat buildup. When you start the car and begin to drive off, lower all the windows for the first minute or two to help move hot air out of the car more quickly, giving the AC system a chan ...[more]
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