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Change oil

When to change oil When to change oil in your car or truck isn’t as complicated as you think. In fact, it’s all right there in your owner’s manual maintenance guide. Those aren’t just lofty suggestions; the car makers really mean what they say. Forget about the advice you get from self proclaimed Internet “experts.” There’s no universal answer on oil change intervals. When to change oil is dependent on the year, make, model, engine, and your particular driving habits. If you’d like to know more about oil click on … Read More

Synthetic oil

Should I use Synthetic oil Lately I’ve seen lots of discussions on auto help forums regarding synthetic oil. I’m not surprised that many of those comments comes from Amzoil dealers. They’re extremely loyal to their brand. I’m not going to diss Amzoil–it’s a good product. But it’s important to keep in mind that Amzoil isn’t a refiner (as far as I know). They buy base synthetic oil on the open market. The same is true of Royal Purple. Just because they don’t refine their base oil themselves doesn’t make them … Read More

Synthetic Oil Facts and Myths

Should you switch to synthetic oil This article is about synthetic oil and the myths surrounding its use. It’s just one in a series. If you’d like to know more about synthetic oil click on the links below. Choosing the right motor oil Chrysler’s 3.5-liter engine has oil sludge issues High mileage oil and oil filters Oil Viscosity Warning Synthetic Oil Facts and Myths Synthetic oil versus conventional oil What motor oil to use What oil brand is best What oil should you use When to change oil Best Oil … 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

Best Oil filter

Who makes the best oil filter? Best oil filter brand and type If you’re here it’s because you’re looking for help in buying the best oil filter. Maybe you’ve already looked at a few oil filter reviews and “tear-down studies” already. But if you put any stock on those supposed studies, I’ve got some swampland in Florida I’d like to sell you. None of those “studies” are worth the paper or pixels they’re written on. They’re not at all scientific and the stats they measure are irrelevant—the number of pleats … Read More


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