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Changing Vehicle Engine Oil
Thinking it might be time to give your vehicle an Oil Change, but aren't sure where to start? Learn all about changing engine oil and why it's important.
Engine Oil-designed to lubricate and cool off fast moving engine parts such as pistons, bearings, valves and cylinder walls. Engine oil - play a crucial role for a vehicle’s ability to run.
Like most fluids in a vehicle, Engine Oil needs to be changed periodically to keep the vehicle running perfectly. Engine oil loses its lubricating components because it gets dirty and starts to break down chemically after time and exposure to heat.
What Is an Oil Change?
An oil change is the process of draining or vacuuming out old and used oil from a vehicle engine and then replacing it with fresh, clean oil and new oil filter. Like most lubricating and cooling fluids that help vehicles run, engine oil eventually needs to be changed among with an oil filter. Particles of metal and debris from engine parts gradually darken and thicken the oil structure, decreasing its efficiency.
Oil Filters - designed to remove this debris, but they have a limited life expectancy. When changing vehicle engine oil, it is recommended by factory to change used oil filter with new oil filter set.
How Often to Do an Oil Change?
Oil and vehicle manufactures vary in their advice but changing both (Vehicle Engine Oil and Filter) every 5,000 - 7,500 miles is a good rule of thumb. This frequency keeps a good balance between maximizing vehicle life and minimizing engine wear from driving with dirty oil.
Why should your vehicle's tires be rotated? Simple: Tires tend to wear unevenly. The front tires tend to wear on the outside edges because the tire leans when you turn a corner. The rear tires follow the front tires instead of moving independently, so they usually wear more evenly. Proper tire rotation allows each tire to serve in as many of the vehicle's wheel positions as possible, thereby promoting even wear on all four tires, prolonging the life of your tires. A vehicle’s weight is distributed differently to the front and rear tires. Engines are most commonly placed in the front end of a vehicle; therefore, the front tires typically bear more weight than the rear tires. The tire rotation pattern is typically to move the back wheels to the front, and the front wheels to the back, sometimes crossing them diagonally.
Have your tires rotated during every 5,000 - 7,500-mile interval of oil change. During the rotation, each tire should be inspected for damage. And finally, the air pressure of each tire should be inspected and adjusted up to manufacturer guidelines. Using tire rotation correctly as a proactive and preventative maintenance measure will equalize front-to-rear and side-to-side wear rates while enhancing total wear quality. When your tires wear evenly and wear out together, you will be able to purchase a set of four new tires without being forced to buy pairs, and proper rotation will extend the life of your tires which will save you time and money in the long run.
REPLACING WINDSHIELD WIPERS
You probably already know how important it is to get things like oil changes and tire rotations done, regularly. However, it is important to replace your windshield wipers. This is an important part of caring for a vehicle.
How Often Should Wiper Blades Be Replaced?
Wiper blades should be replaced every 6 months or as soon as you notice a difference in driving visibility when being used. They are designed to move over your windshield surface in a smooth, simple motion. When wiper blades no longer make proper contact with the windshield surface, they can begin to squeak, smear, or streak reducing driving visibility. Unfortunately, damaged or broken wiper blades will not work as designed
Why Do Wiper Blades Deteriorate Quickly?
Wiper blades deteriorate due to many environmental factors including:
Sun: Ultraviolet light and ozone deterioration
Oil: Car waxes and exhaust holds rubber-deteriorating oil
Airborne debris: Sand, mud and dust carried in the wind
Visibility is fundamental to safe driving. Although drivers depend on their vehicle wiper blades to clear away rain, sleet, snow and many drivers wait to replace them until they need them the most. Remembering to maintain wiper blades regularly can maximize visibility, efficiency and reliability.
REPLACING ENGINE AIR FILTER
The air that enters your engine flows through the Air filter. The filter catches sand and other debris protecting your engine and helping it last longer. The engine Air filter should be replaced between 15,000 and 30,000 miles, depending on driving conditions. If you don't drive a lot, an Air filter should be replaced at least every 3 years, as with age it becomes brittle. An old Air filter can tear, allowing dirt and sand to enter the engine.
An Air filter is installed inside the air filter box. It is made of pleated paper - like material. The air flows from the bottom up, so dirt and larger objects are trapped in the box under the filter.
As the Air filter gets dirty and gradually clogs up, it restricts the air flow into the engine. This adds strain to your engine, making it harder for it to "breathe." Due to increased vacuum, some dirt particles could be sucked through the Air filter and scratch the engine pistons and cylinder walls. For the same reason, the engine may start consuming more oil. Symptoms of a dirty Air filter include a lack of power on hard acceleration and at higher RPMs. Although it's not always noticeable.
The fuel economy may also be affected, although not by much. In extreme cases, the "Check Engine" warning light may illuminate on the dash.
Power Steering Fluid
Changing Engine Oil with Oil Filter
Topping off Brake Fluid
Topping off Power Steering Fluid
Topping off Windshield Fluid
Topping off Antifreeze Fluid
Setting Up Tire Pressure to Factory Guidance
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