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When and Why to Change Your Engine’s Fluids

Everyone knows that the key to responsible car ownership is maintenance. The plan is to follow the maintenance schedule as it is outlined in your owner’s manual.

After all, no one knows your vehicle better than the manufacturer, therefore the maintenance intervals set by the manufacturer must be best for you vehicle. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case.


Maintenance schedules that suggest a long interval between services have become a selling point in today’s competitive market. Each car builder claims that their vehicle needs less maintenance than the other guys, so they really are pushing service intervals a bit too far.

They claim that due to advancements in engine oil, anti-freeze and transmission fluid, it’s not necessary to change them as often as it was in the old days, and this is true. Engines and transmissions are also made better and are more tolerant of longer maintenance intervals.

Engine Oil

Today most manufacturers are recommending that you change your oil every 7,500 to 10,000 miles under normal driving conditions. This is simply too long, especially for your first oil change. Break-in is a very critical time for your car engine. During this time a car engine produces more metal debris than usual.

These small metal fragments are carried to the oil filter via the engine oil, and hopefully stay trapped in the filter until it’s replaced.

Lubrication is only a small part of what engine oil does. Engine oil holds the metal debris, which are a normal product of engine operation, in suspension and away from moving parts.

The most important thing that engine oil does is carry heat away from friction producing components.

Oil changes are cheap. Change your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Your oil is dealing with extreme temperature changes. It’s being contaminated by unburned fuel, condensation, and small hunks of metal.

Give it a break. Change your oil and oil filters every 3months or 3,000 miles. If you choose to go to a quick lube style store, bring your own oil filter. There have been many engine problems caused by aftermarket oil filters.

Purchase an original equipment filter from your dealer and have them install it. They won’t give you a break on the price, but it’s cheaper than a new engine.  

Automatic Transmission Fluid

Automatic transmissions are just as vulnerable to break-in issues as engines. Automatic transmissions produce a lot of friction, which translates to a lot of heat.

Besides the metal fragments that are produced during normal operation, automatic transmission fluid also needs to deal with asbestos clutch material. An automatic transmission works with a series of clutches and bands that slip and slide, creating a lot of heat and a lot of trash floating around in the fluid.

Most manufacturers recommend that you change your transmission fluid every 100,000 to 150,000 miles. This is insane, especially for the first service.

Here’s why the first service is so important for an automatic transmission:

An automatic transmission is hydraulically controlled by valves located in a valve body. These valves slide inside of bores, and it’s a real tight fit.

All it takes is for one small metal fragment to hinder the movement of a valve, and you’re next stop will be the dealer or the transmission shop. It’s important to get that break-in metal out of your transmission.

You should have your first transmission service done at 30,000 miles. If your transmission has a replaceable filter, have it replaced. You should change the fluid every 60,000 miles thereafter, replacing the filter every other time.


Anti-freeze is a tricky one. Automotive technology has come a long way since the old green anti-freeze. Most manufacturers recommend changing your anti-freeze every 100,000 miles.

Under normal conditions this isn’t unreasonable. Today’s quality anti-freeze, in a sealed cooling system, as part of a healthy engine, should easily be able to survive 100,000 miles.

Engine issues such as a blown head gasket can introduce combustion gases or engine oil into the cooling system, contaminating the anti-freeze. I suggest that you keep an eye on the appearance of your anti-freeze. Remove the cap only when the engine is cold.

High pressure 180 degree anti-freeze really hurts badly, so wait till the engine cools down. Check the color of the anti-freeze. If you see it turning a rust color, replace it.

This should only happen if tap water was introduced to the cooling system. They recommend a 50 50 mixture of anti-freeze and distilled water. It’s important to use distilled water because tap water contains minerals that promote rust.

If the coolant looks good, no leaks, no engine issues, 100,000 miles is a reasonable interval between anti-freeze changes.

When determining service intervals, be sure to consider extreme driving conditions. Conditions that classify as extreme are extended idling, towing, extreme hot or cold climates, short trips that don’t allow the engine to warm up, aggressive driving, and frequent steep hills. If any of these apply, you might want to consider shorter service intervals.

The service that I’m asked about the most is the fuel injection service, or fuel induction service. During this service the technician turns off your fuel pump and runs your engine on a fuel injector cleaner. The cleaner flushes gummy buildup from your fuel injectors, and it some cases your intake valves depending on the configuration of your fuel system.

So how important is it to have your fuel injectors cleaned? If you use a good name brand gasoline, you keep your oil changed, and your engine doesn’t idle for excessive amounts of time, you can skip this service.

If you drive a really high mileage vehicle you might want to give it a shot, it might improve your fuel economy. Do not perform a fuel injector service on turbocharged engines, it could damage the turbo.

So if your repair shop recommends that you purchase a service before your service manual says it’s due, ask him why. You might just find that he’s not trying to squeeze you for another buck; he’s actually trying to save you lots of bucks down the road.  


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Is Auto Wreckers Are the Best for old Damaged Cars?

You must be aware that disposing of the parts of an automobile is not an easy task. You will require expertise in a matter which car wreckers surely have. The automobile technology progresses so fast and they dismantle each car with the advanced method.

They own special heavy tool which helps in dismantling the vehicles. If you also own an old vehicle which is no longer operating and sitting idly at the back of your yard then you will need the help of auto wreckers.

This article covers as to why you should take the help of auto wrecker in detail so that you get convinced that they are the best option. Detailed are the benefits of car wreckers which will surely help you in making your final decision.

Car Wreckers Will Save You Money

Car wreckers are basically those service providers who compile genuine parts before actually crushing the car. Any person who is then willing to purchase the parts separately for repair can always contact these car wreckers.

They offer such parts at reasonable prices to other potential customers. Car wreckers will give a really good price for your car as they realize the value of your car parts.  It will be really beneficial for you in terms of cost to sell the parts to car wreckers compared to simply throwing it away.

Getting Car Wreckers is an Eco-friendly Option

You need to realize that the protection of the environment is really important. You will love to know that car wreckers ensure friendly disposal of vehicles. If you leave the vehicles as is for the landfill then it will cause different issues, emitting harmful chemicals, and other pollutants.

If you truly need to protect soil and water sources then you need to consult car wreckers. Leaving cars on barren lands will make it leak all sorts of pollutants and chemicals in the soil which will then make it really hard for the ground to be reused again.  If you do not want to harm the environment in the long run then go for safer recycling option.

The car wreckers specially recycle all the parts made from rubbers like floor mats and tires. Plus there are a lot of legal issues involved in the recycling of your car. As there are certain legally permitted ways which one need to follow before disposing of the car fully. If you do not want to get into these matters then go for this safe option.

Car Wreckers Offer Easy Removal Services

Getting an old car disposed of can be a huge hassle especially if you are a working person. If you are looking for a free service to actually pick your car for you then car wreckers are of best help.

You need to pay attention to your ease and make your life much more convenient for you. You just have to do a little bit of research on your part and then find the best car wrecker service near you.



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2018 Top 3 Auto Insurance Companies in the US

As a motor vehicle owner, you want the best of the best but at an affordable price with great customer support when it comes to auto insurance. It also helps if you can have an insurance policy that is custom fit to meet your needs.

Taking the time to shop around for the best auto insurance company may take some time and it can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. No worries! You’re in luck!

I’ve compiled a list of the top 3 auto insurance companies in the US for 2018 that are affordable, has great customer support, offers policy customization, easy claim management, and easy insurance policy management.

Progressive Insurance

Founded in 1937 Customers of Progressive Insurance only has great reviews for this company. Their customer base is quite extensive at about 18 million drivers. One of the most sought is their MyRate program that gives drivers chance to earn additional discounts just by driving safely.

Their website is fairly easy to use and very user friendly. If you own a pet and they get injured while riding with you when an accident occurs, Progressive Insurance guarantees up to $1000 pet coverage.

State Farm

Founded in 1922, State Farm is a large insurance group that offers auto insurance as part of their insurance services. State Farm offers the Drive Safe and Save program where you can additional discounts on your next insurance policy renewal just by driving efficiently and safely.

As one of the leading companies in the insurance business, State Farm has made everything customer friendly from their brick and mortar stores to their website. They also have a mobile app that gives you the convenience of transacting with them whenever and wherever you want.


Founded in 1999, Esurance offers auto insurance to potential customers via online or phone. They offer the CoverageMyWay program that helps the company determine the insurance policy that best suits you. Simply put, you get to customize the insurance coverage that you wish to purchase.

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Top 5 Aftermarket Headlights for Ford Cars and Trucks

The situation – You just bought a Ford car or truck that you’ve always set your heart on.

The issue – You want to change those headlights, but you want to get the best that the market has to offer.

The solution – Read on to be in the know about the latest aftermarket headlights for Ford cars and trucks.

Morimoto XB Headlights for 2018 Ford F-150

The newest set of aftermarket headlights designed specifically for 2018 Ford F-150 from Morimoto. It features gloss black internals, very bright LED DRLs, successive turn signals, and stacked LED projectors. If these features don’t wow you, then its Plug-N-Play feature surely will! These headlights are currently on pre-order basis with a target release date by August or September this year. If you have an older Ford F-150 model, no worries! Morimoto is on its way to creating a version that would be compatible with your truck.

Lumen App Controlled RGB LED Headlight Conversion Kit for 2018 Ford Fiesta

Provides lights that are exceptionally bright due to the Chip-on-Board (COB) LED technology thus giving you the best illumination particularly during night driving.

Lumen Black DRL Bar Projector Headlights with LED Turn Signal for 2017 Ford Focus

Provides your automobile with a cutting-edge style while increasing your road safety.

Spec-D 3-inch Round Halo Projector LED Fog Lights for 2018 Ford Mustang

Designed to provide you with maximum illumination on the road under bad weather conditions while providing your ride with a customized look.

XKGlow -XKchrome App Control RGB LED Headlight Conversion Kit for 2018 Ford Fusion

Lights that are powerful and stylish giving your car the perfect look! You can easily achieve different colored headlights at the touch of a button. You can even sync your headlights with the music you are playing while driving around!

Do you think that another headlight brand or model should be included in this post? Send me an email with the reason why you think your choice should get included in the top 5 list.

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Top 5 Safest Automobiles for Preventing Injuries in an Accident

When shopping for a new automobile, potential customers take into consideration the safety, affordability, performance, visual appeal, reliability and built-in features. Of these factors to consider, the safety feature is almost always the deal breaker. After all, you would want to keep yourself and your loved ones safe while on the road, correct?

The good news is that a list of the top performing automobiles based on safety tests are annually released. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conduct yearly safety checks to come up with the safest automobile list.

Criteria for Automobile Safety Evaluation

Advanced technology for headlights.

Has proactive prevention for crashes.

Has industry leading crash protection for front, rear, side, and rollover.

After careful evaluation and rigid safety crash tests, the IIHS and NHTSA have come up with a list for the 2018 safest automobiles. These are:

Toyota Camry – 2018

The remodeled Camry safety features includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision system with detection technology for pedestrians, lane departure warning with steering assistance, and automatic high beams. Source: Clawson Truck Center (featured below)

Honda Accord – 2018

The remodeled Accord safety features include lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, collision mitigating braking, and forward collision warning.

Honda Civic – 2018

The Civic has a superior optional front crash prevention system. Add on features include the Honda Sensing Suite that has lane keep assist, warning for lane departure, mitigation for road departure, adaptive cruise control, mitigating braking for collision, and forward collision warning.

Subaru WRX Sedan – 2018

The WRX sedan has superior features for optional forward crash prevention. The safety features include lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, pre-collision braking, and adaptive cruise control. It also comes equipped with Subaru’s Starlink Safety and Security telematics system.

Subaru Impreza – 2018

The Impreza features blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking. It also exhibited good ratings for all the evaluation criteria, which is considered to be a rare occurrence. Subaru’s EyeSight Safety suite is an optional add-on feature.

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