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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Changing engine oil every 3,000 miles/3 months was the standard recommended service interval for a long time. While many people still follow this historic standard, it is often because they are just unaware of the innovations that have been made in modern engine technology and the engineering advancements achieved in specialty lubricants that allow higher…

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The historical standard of the 3,000 mile/3-month oil change interval remains commonplace in many areas even though it hasn’t been relevant for some time.  Maintenance businesses such as quick lubes haven’t done much to dispel this standard either. Why would they? Less frequent oil change service equals fewer sales and a decrease in your bottom…

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The days of heading home with black fingernails and grease-stained hands are long gone.  Today’s professional installers wear gloves to protect their hands from dangerous fluids, hazardous chemicals, and the harsh auto repair environment. The modern work glove is disposable, inexpensive, comfortable, and makes any installation easier.  Professional installers need protection that is especially rugged,…

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While it’s much cleaner today than ever before, the fuel in your vehicle’s gas tank still contains particles, sediment, and contaminants that can clog the fuel filter. The buildup of contaminants restricts the flow of fuel, which can subsequently cause engine problems.  Fuel filters serve a critical function within your car’s engine fuel system and…

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For 2008 – 2018 Audi/ Porsche/ Volkswagen Models Many newer Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen models use a top-button wiper arm with dimensions that are different from the standard top-button. On these applications, the inside dimension of this arm features a lower profile and is slightly longer. Common aftermarket wiper blades will not fit on these…

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The use of synthetic oil has been on the rise for years following the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard’s initiative to have automakers maximize engine efficiency and cut carbon pollution. As a result of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) effort to rapidly increase CAFE levels, the aftermarket is experiencing a…

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The traditional best practice for fuel filter replacement called for 30,000 mile change intervals.  It didn’t matter so much if someone was driving a gas or diesel fueled vehicle – the fuel filter had to be watched either way. As automotive technology has evolved and fuel has become cleaner, change intervals have been extended dramatically…

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