Tag: oil changes

62 Posts

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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how does the maintenance schedule change for a car that is old but has very low miles
Aug 01, 2006

Rosalie's got a 10-year-old car with less than 12,000 miles. So, why does she need to change the oil every six months?

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I have a question about cars with VERY low mileage. I have a 10-year-old car that has less than 12,000 miles. What maintenance should I be doing or not doing? I am told at the dealership that, due to the "time"...

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do the maine winters i live in mean i should get routine maintenance on the short-trip schedule
Mar 01, 2005

Do I need to change my oil more often in the winter?

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The owner's manual for my Pontiac Vibe lists two maintenance schedules The long-trip plan calls for the engine oil and filter to be changed every miles or months while the short-trip maintenance schedule sets a -mile interval for this service...

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