Turbocharged vehicles have officially flooded the automotive market as automakers strive to make good performance numbers while meeting green legislation obligations – and it’s changing the way we need to approach oil change maintenance. Motor oil has long been known as the lubricating life blood of the internal combustion engine – Without it, metal on…

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Synthetic oil is the best lube option for cold starting a vehicle. Period. If you live in a frigid climate – as in, most mornings start at sub-freezing temperatures close to -18ºC between the months of November and March, you’re going to want to seriously consider switching to synthetic motor oil if you aren’t already there. To understand the logic behind that statement, it’s helpful to understand the internals of a typical ICE (internal combustion engine) and the path that oil takes within the engine when it’s added through the fill hole at the top of the valve cover.

These days, a lot of passenger vehicles and many fairly large crossovers are coming to market with tiny 1.4 to 2.0-liter gas engines paired with turbochargers. I started to notice it a few years ago but didn’t really grasp the depth of this transition until I began car shopping recently. Turbocharged vehicles are taking over…

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The search for a new car or truck can be a stressful experience. After all, it is a big purchase for many people and it’s a decision that most of us have to live with for at least a few years. Taking care of that nice new ride shouldn’t stress anyone out though. Sadly, that’s…

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Spring is here and that means changes to the weather (hopefully warmer weather), which usually allows us to get outside, work in the yard, clean up the house or garage, or open the pool. It’s the time of year when we start making preparations that will get us through the dog days of summer. Your…

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One of the most commonly asked questions about oil filters for passenger cars and light-duty trucks is “What is the micron rating of the filter?”.  The inquirer is typically seeking information upon which to make a determination as to the quality of the filter and whether it is appropriate for the application under consideration.  Often,…

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Customers rely on professional installers for quality vehicle service and replacement parts, and spin-on oil filters are no exception. From the outside, most spin-on oil filters look similar.  However, there are some significant differences in the quality of the internal components of a spin-on oil filter that can impact the ability of the filter to…

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