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Why Get Oil Changes?

Why Get Oil Changes?

Because you like your car and want to keep it on the road… Well besides that, the other reasons to get oil changes; it improves engine performance, extends engine life, and improves gas mileage. Why you should… Over time oil breaks down due to high operating temperature. This causes the oil to become a less effective lubricant in your engine. Oil can absorb water and dust and hold them in suspension. This can remain in the engine and can cause corrosion. Oil contains additives that can neutralize acids. Over time, they stop being as effective. If you don’t… Dirt will accumulate in the oil and the filter will get clogged. Dirty oil is thick and abrasive, so it causes more wear. As the oil gets dirtier and dirtier and the additives wear out, it will stop lubricating and the engine will wear and eventually fail. If you do… Your gas mileage will increase, which will mean less visits to fill up your tank. The perf ... read more

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Do We Really Need Winter Tires?

Do We Really Need Winter Tires?

Global warming seems to be affecting snow fall year after year, and one would expect that technologies such as front wheel drive, traction control and even four wheel drive would tend to lessen the need for a change of tires. So, do we really need Winter Tires? The answer is YES and believe it or not, more so than ever. One aspect of the motor vehicle which has not really changed over the past year’s, is the contact patch, or the surface area within which our car comes in contact with the road. Even today, the area that each of our wheels comes in touch with the road is not much larger than the size of one of our hands. It really is not much when one thinks about it, and therefore, we want to be able to maximize the traction within this area as much as we can in order to get the most from our tires. The other aspect not often mentioned is temperature, and that our all-season or summer tires become drastically less effective once the mercury falls be ... read more

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