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Posts Tagged: engine oil

Synthetic engine oil versus convention engine oil

What are the differences between synthetic engine oil and conventional engine oil Should you switch to synthetic oil? People always ask me if they should switch to synthetic engine oil. It starts with pressure from the guys at the quick oil change places. You go in for an oil change and the next thing you know, they’re telling you to spend more on synthetic oil. The discounts on oil changes don’t apply to a synthetic oil change, so you always have to pay more for this type of oil. By … Read More

Oil Filter Rip Off

Don’t get ripped off on an oil change Most new car manufacturers recommend synthetic oil and a new oil filter when it’s time to change your oil. That’s good advice. Synthetic oil increases oil flow on cold starts, reduces engine wear, and actually improves gas mileage (less friction means less wasted gas). The other big advantage to synthetic oil can increase the intervals between changes. Yes, it really does last longer. But in my recent survey of oil change facilities (conducted by phone to chain and independent shops) I discovered … Read More


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