Tag: oil changes

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Why Do the Pros Tighten Everything So Tight?
Jun 13, 2017

Why Do the Pros Tighten Everything So Tight?

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David uses a breaker bar to loosen his oil filter. Is the Hulk working at his oil change shop, or is this normal?

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Jan 26, 2017

Proper Maintenance, Not Additives, Is What a Car Needs

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Prolonging your engine's life may mean keeping clean oil in it instead of feeding it slick additives.

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can a special oil drainage plug keep engine oil from getting discolored
Aug 23, 2016

'Magic' Oil Plug Comprised Mostly of Snake Oil

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Did a $5 widget sold in the 1950's actually keep oil clean, or did it just clean out wallets?

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what are the real advantages of synthetic oil
Mar 29, 2016

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Robert wants to know if it's worth the extra coin to stick with synthetic that the previous owner used, or go with dinosaur bone oil in his CRV. 

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Is the dipstick reliable
Aug 11, 2015

Can Darwin Trust the Dipstick?

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Darwin just did his first oil change and added the ammount of oil recommended by the manual. But when he checked the oil the next day, the dipstick showed it was over full by half a quart. Is the dipstick ever wrong? Car Talk's answer here.

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Can I go 10,000 miles between oil changes
Jan 01, 2011

Can Bonnie's VW Passat go 10,000 miles between oil changes?

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I have a 2009 VW Passat with about 6,500 miles. I called to set up an appointment to get the oil changed, and the dealership said it only changes the oil at 10,000 miles. My late husband took excellent care of all of...

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Best engine temperature to change the oil
Jan 01, 2011

Which is better: changing your oil when the engine is hot or cold?

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I always change my own oil on my cars. I let the car sit overnight and change the engine oil the next day. My daughter said that it would be better to change the oil when the engine is hot...

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Sep 01, 2008

Should it cost extra for an oil change, if your car is 4-wheel drive?

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A few weeks ago, I stopped at Jiffy Lube for an oil change (I have a 2005 Kia Sportage, four-wheel drive, with 16,500 miles). I asked the man behind the counter for a price on an oil change. He said $24.95. And then...

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Apr 01, 2008

Today: Advice for the first-time oil-changer.

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My mom listens to your show constantly, and I have to say, it's a whole lot better than when she listens to Rush Limbaugh. Anyway, I've decided to change my own oil, as I have a part-time job delivering pizzas...

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Jul 01, 2007

Do you really need to change your car's oil and filter -- ever? One reader shares some very intriguing research.

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While I was attending the University of Oklahoma in 1960, a study was done by the petroleum engineering department. The question was: Is draining oil from a vehicle necessary? They worked with White Trucking Company and tested their theory on long-haul...

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