Monthly Archives: July 2017

Does Your Car Have Low Engine Oil Pressure?

Car oil lubricates the various engine components. Lack of oil or poor oil quality can cause the parts to rub together, causing friction and overheating. If the engine oil pressure is low, then that means the engine is not receiving sufficient lubrication. What Causes Low Engine Oil Pressure? 1. Lack of Oil Since oil is changed only every 3,000-5,000 miles, people often forget about it completely, failing to take action until a problem arises. Be sure to change the oil at an auto service according to the vehicle’s user manual. 2. Engine Wear Even fresh oil can’t do its job to the max if the engine is worn to begin with. Engine wear causes a wider clearance between the cam and crankshaft bearings. This will cause the oil to more rapidly pass through, reducing its pressure. 3. Faulty Oil Pressure Gauge An oil pressure gauge alerts the owner when the pressure is below optimal. A faulty gauge can in ... read more

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Does Synthetic Oil Really Improve Car Longevity?

What is with all the hype behind synthetic oil? Does it really enhance engine performance and prolong the car’s life? We’ll explain how synthetic oil is made and whether it’s really superior to conventional motor oil. Synthetic Oil: What Exactly Is It? Synthetic oil is a lubricant made from artificial chemical compounds. This is different from regular motor oil, which is normally derived from crude oil. The synthetic variety is produced by altering the compounds of conventional motor oil or other naturally-occurring raw materials. How Is Synthetic Oil Better? Synthetic oil is thinner and more adept at resisting temperature extremes. You may not notice an improvement in your car’s performance, but it certainly helps reduce oil degradation, thereby reducing engine wear. Synthetic oil also doesn’t break down as quickly as conventional motor oil. This may increase intervals between oil changes. The age-old wisdom is to change your oil every ... read more

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