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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.
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.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Return Hose
Common signs include cracks or bulges on the hose and noticeable oil leaks.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Temperature Sensor
If the temperature gauge gives false readings or does not move, you may need to replace the oil temperature sensor.
How Long Does a Differential / Gear Oil Last?
The differential is normally located at the rear of your vehicle and underneath the car. It is essential that it stays lubricated with differential or gear oil for it to work properly and...
How to Top Up the Oil in Your Car
Regular car maintenance can make a...
How to Replace a Low Oil Level Sensor
A low oil light sensor allows you to know when your oil levels are low. A bad sensor won't be able to alert you, causing wear and damage as you drive.
How to Find the Source of an Oil Leak
Oil leaks are a very common problem that affects many car owners. Virtually all modern engines use some sort of oiling lubrication system, and a compromise in...
How to Upgrade to Synthetic Oil
Choosing to switch your vehicle from conventional oil to synthetic oil can be one of the best and easiest choices you can make toward keeping your vehicle in...
How to Add Oil to Your Car
Adding oil is a simple, painless process. To understand how it works, you need to know that oil operates in a closed loop system and is stored...
How Do I Prepare My Car for Summer?
Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic will take their tolls on your vehicle. Follow these tips to ensure optimum wellness of your car: Air Conditioning: Have your air...
How to Replace a Front Output Shaft Oil Seal on Most Cars
The oil seal on the front output shaft is faulty when there are unusual noises or leaking coming from the transfer case.
How to Replace an Oil Return Hose on Most Cars
The oil in the engine travels through oil return hoses which fail when there are cracks or bulges on the hoses or oil is leaking from the car.
How to Replace Oil Cooler Lines on Most Cars
Oil cooler lines fail if there are bends in the hose, low oil levels, or oil visibly puddling underneath the car.
How to Replace the Oil Temperature Sensor on Most Cars
Oil, as well as the oil temperature sensor, is crucial to the engine lubrication system. A bad sensor can lead to leaks and poor vehicle performance.
How to Quickly and Accurately Find the Source of an Oil Leak
When it comes down to car fluid leaks, oil leaks are among the most common. Degreaser and U/V leak detector kits can help you find the source.

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