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How to Check the 5 Essential Fluids in Your Car
Checking your oil and adding engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid are essential for maintaining your car.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Pressure Sensor
Common signs include the Oil Pressure Light coming on or blinking constantly despite oil levels being fine or the oil pressure gauge reading zero.
How to Top Up the Oil in Your Car
Regular car maintenance can make a huge difference with keeping your vehicle in good condition. For major repairs and special jobs, hiring a professional...
Is it Safe to Drive With the Oil Light On?
The Engine Oil Light indicates low engine oil levels or low engine oil pressure. Pull over and check your engine oil to avoid major engine damage.
How Much Oil Does My Car Take?
Motor oil is vital to engine function. Usually 4-cylinder engines use five quarts of oil, 6-cylinder engines use six quarts, and V8 engines use eight.
How to Read a Motor Oil Label
Read an oil label to know the right type of oil to use in your car. Some new engines require synthetic oil, while older engines use conventional oil.
What Are the Risks of Switching to Synthetic Oil in Older Cars?
Older cars usually have to use conventional motor oil instead of synthetic motor oil. Switching to synthetic can cause engine leaks or engine damage.
Why Does Motor Oil Viscosity Matter?
Motor oil viscosity determines how thick or thin the oil is. Multiviscosity oils make it unnecessary to change your oil for different seasons.
Do Cars Need Oil Changes More or Less Often As They Age?
Car engines wear out as the miles add up. Older engines and engines with high miles have lower tolerances, making more frequent oil changes necessary.
When Should I Change My Oil?
Changing oil in your car needs to happen at specific intervals. Oil change intervals vary, but it's best to change oil every 3,000 to 7,000 miles.
How the Engine Lubrication System Works
Car engines need oil to work properly. Motor oil lubricates engine parts and helps prevent overheating. Changing oil on time helps your engine last.
How Does Oil Lubricate an Engine?
Oil is an essential fluid in your car engine. Motor oil lubricates engine parts and prevents car overheating. Changing oil helps extend engine life.
What Is the Difference Between Regular and Synthetic Motor Oil?
Regular and synthetic motor oils each have their own benefits. Choosing the right oil for your engine depends on your car's age and how you drive.

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