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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
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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.
Do Cars Need Oil Changes More or Less Often As They Age?
Car engines wear out as miles add up. Older engines and engines with high mileage 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.
How to Check Your Oil
Changing engine oil is an important part of basic car care. Check motor oil on the dipstick to know if you need to add oil to your engine.
What Type of Oil Should I Use?
Changing oil in your car is among the most important car maintenance tasks. Your engine may use synthetic motor oil, conventional, or either oil type.
Do I Need to Change My Motor Oil for Hot or Cold Weather?
Outside temperature can change how motor oil works. Multiviscosity motor oil makes it easy to keep your car running efficiently all year around.
Why Are 5W-30 and 5W-20 Oils So Common?
Changing oil is one of the most important car care tasks. Most cars use 5W-20 or 5W-30 oil because those oils work best in hot or cold temperatures.
How to Prevent Motor Oil Sludge
Regular oil changing in your car helps prevent sludge. Motor oil sludge can cause worse gas mileage, low oil pressure, and damage to engine parts.
What Is the Shelf Life of Motor Oil?
If you plan on storing your oil, it's good to know how long motor oil lasts. Store your motor oil in a cool, dark place to make your oil last longer.
How to Properly Store Motor Oil
Some drivers like to store oil for future oil changing needs. Keep the container sealed and in a cool, dark place to make your oil last longer.
Can I Use Synthetic Motor Oil in My Brand New Car?
Changing oil on time will help protect your engine from damage. Synthetic motor oil will likely work, and may actually be required, in your new car.
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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