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About Oil Additives

There are a number of different after-market oil additives which are advertised as “enhancements” to motor oils currently in service. These additives may consist of a concentrated anti-wear additive, a viscosity improper only, solid lubricants suspended in oil, solvent, or straight mineral oil. The list goes on and on. We are often asked whether these products are compatible

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Change Your Air Filter for Better Engine Performance

Why Change Your Air Filter – Because Your Engine Does Not Run On Fuel Alone For every gallon of fuel your engine consumes, approximately 12,000 gallons of air passes through the air filter. A dirty air filter can result in loss of engine power and performance, poor fuel economy and increased tailpipe emission. A damaged

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6 Ways to Improve Your Gas Mileage

1. Drive smoother. Have you ever ridden with someone who erratically alternates between aggressively speeding up and slowing down, then speeding up and slowing again? Besides being annoying to everyone in the car, it is also a huge drain on gasoline. 2. Reduce idling. The last I checked, idling gets you zero miles per gallon. If you’re going

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Why is Correct Tire Pressure Important?

Correct tire pressure benefits you in many ways. The Number one reason is safety, improper inflation can cause instability and may even cause a blowout! Other benefits are improved gas mileage, better and more even tire wear, and a more comfortable ride. Tires that are in good shape with a proper mount shouldn’t need to be checked very often. Start

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About Fuel System Cleaning

There is a big difference between the over-the-counter fuel additive products and the professional products used by Quick Change. The strength and chemical composition is a completely different formula. The over-the-counter products are primarily for maintaining the system as opposed to the professional ones that will actually remove deposit buildup and restore original performance sometimes increasing gas mileage by 10 to 15% depending

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How Often Should I Change Transmission Fluid?

Transmission fluid, just like motor oil, collects contaminates and deteriorates over time forming damaging sludge and varnish deposits. Automobile manufacturers require scheduled transmission fluid changes in order to maintain warranty coverage, not to mention keeping your vehicle operating properly after the warranty period has expired. Studies have shown that 90% of transmission failures are due to overheating and fluid contamination which may

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Do I Need to Flush My Coolant Before Winter?

Unlike years ago there are many types of coolant in vehicles today. Most of the newer cars on the road today have “lifetime” or “extended life” coolants, many of which are different from each other and are NOT compatible with each other. Older cars had a glycol type coolant (the green stuff) that would be changed every other

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Is Off Brand Oil Good Enough?

Generally the retail cost of any product depends on the cost to make it. There are three major aspects that affect the quality of motor oil. One is the base stock which can be of varying grades. Off brands sometimes buy their base stock from refineries that didn’t meet spec for name brands. Another factor is the additive

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Is Synthetic Oil Better for Winter?

The major advantages are easier starts, and better start-up lubrication. Synthetic oil will maintain its low viscosity (thickness) which makes it easier for your starter to turn the motor over. Even in sub zero weather your car will turn over like its springtime. This saves the starter and battery from laboring in the extreme cold

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