Tag: oil changes

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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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May 01, 2007

Today: an oil-changing idea that sucks in more ways than one.

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Before I retired, I was ASE-certified in several categories, a member of SAE, and held technical and sales positions with Mobil and Dana. I also grew up in a large, full-service auto shop. I was taught that oil should be...

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Jan 01, 2007

Today: An idle question when it comes to oil changes.

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You guys are great Thanks for all your knowledge and insights My question My vehicle's manufacturer suggests changing the oil every miles If I were averaging a speed of mph for that miles it would take just over hours to...

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should i change the oil in a car that only sat in a garage for a year
Nov 01, 2006

Aaron's in Iraq, and his Outback is in storage. Does he really need to change the oil when he gets back?

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Before being deployed to Iraq for a year, I put my 2003 Subaru Outback wagon in storage. I put it on jack stands with a plastic ground sheet beneath it, plugged the exhaust and intake, changed the oil and filter, and...

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is changing the oil in a diesel car pricier than for a regular gas car
Oct 01, 2006

Why would an oil change for a diesel cost Phil $80? Find out in today's letter.

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I am looking to buy a car soon, and I am thinking about getting a diesel, because of their great gas mileage. I know a thing or two about cars, but I'm not a professional mechanic yet, as I'm still...

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