Does Your Car Have Low Engine Oil Pressure?

Low Engine Oil PressureCar 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. Continue Reading →

Why Your Car Needs a Spare Tire

spare tireMost modern vehicles no longer contain a spare tire. While alternatives are available, we still recommend having a spare tire in the trunk as an added safety measure. Summer, after all, is just right around the corner; this is the season of tire blowouts.

Why Cars No Longer Have a Spare Tire

Most car manufacturers no longer include a spare tire to keep the weight down. The extra tire, along with the required jack and wrench, adds an additional 30 to 50 pounds to the car. The spare is also placed below the undercarriage of the car. Keeping that space open reduces air drag, thereby increasing aerodynamics.

Hybrid cars are also more common today. Hybrid models usually have less trunk space because the battery and electric components take up that space. This leaves even less room for the spare. Continue Reading →

Does Synthetic Oil Really Improve Car Longevity?

synthetic oilWhat 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 3,000 to 5,000 miles. However, synthetic oil may be able to extend that interval anywhere from 7,500 to 15,000 miles depending on the model. For other cars, the typical 3,000 to 5,000 miles may still apply. Continue Reading →

Why Your Car Needs an Oil Change

oil changeOil acts as the main lubricant for the moving parts in your car’s engine. It prevents the mechanical parts from undergoing excessive wear and tear. Its function is crucial to the smooth operation of the engine. So keeping the right amount of oil in the engine is important for ensuring that your car is continues to run properly.

Purpose of Motor Oil

Motor oil reduces the level of friction between the various moving parts that make up the engine. If friction between these parts becomes too much the parts will heat up, swell and bind. Good lubricants help keep the engine‘s temperature under control.

The oil continuously circulates throughout the engine. The oil filter helps to remove impurities that have been created during combustion. Continue Reading →