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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Oil Changes

Performing your own automotive oil change will save you money!
The most important service to maintain your vehicle is an automotive oil change. Engine oil is the life blood of your vehicle, and if changed on a regular 3000 mile interval, it will keep your automotive engine running for years. While oil keeps things lubricated, the oil filter keeps out the impurities, so the oil filter needs to be changed at every interval. Always consult your repair manual for proper oil quantity and the proper oil filter when performing an automotive oil change. Always remember the most important rule when performing any repair service is SAFETY FIRST!
Most automotive manufacturers will suggest that you do an automotive oil change between 5000 and 7500 miles, but I would only recommend that interval for synthetic oil. The maintenance schedules that they publish have two options, standard and extreme. Most consumers think that the standard schedule is fine no matter where you live, but 75% of the world lives in the extreme, hot,cold,city driving,etc! So lets stick to an automotive oil change every 3000 miles
Let's look at a comparison of paying a shop as opposed to performing your own automotive oil change....
Repair shop: Standard oil change $35.00 to $40.00 Synthetic oil change $65.00 to $85.00
Do it yourself: Standard oil Change $20.00 or less. Synthetic oil change $35.00 or less.

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