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Different Types of Oil Filters and How They Work

Oil is the lifeblood of the engine in your car or truck (or motorcycle, boat, airplane, tractor and so on). Plain and simple. But as the oil circulates through the engine, it picks up any number of contaminants (in simple terms, dirt). That dirt can obviously damage your engine. And over time, that dirt can bring the engine to its death.

How To Tow a Trailer

Two of the most important things to have when you tow are basic common sense and the ability to adjust your driving. In other words, when towing, everything you do while driving needs to be done at about half the speed when compared to driving without a trailer. When you turn, go much slower. When you accelerate, do it much easier. When you brake, allow yourself a great deal more space to stop. And when you change lanes, allow room for your vehicle and the trailer.

Repair or Replace Your Engine?

An engine failure is always bad news because it involves making some major decisions:
Should you spend your money to replace your old engine? Or would it be smarter to get rid of your old car or truck and buy another? Is your old engine repairable? Or will it have to be replaced with a new, remanufactured or used engine?
Which of these options is the best way to go, and which will give you the best return for your investment?

The Top-Down Oil Change

While many do-it-yourselfers love to change their own oil, they hate sliding under the car and getting their hands covered with grimy, black oil. Using an inexpensive tool called an oil extractor makes the job much easier and cuts the time in half.

Top Five Ways to Make Your Car Run Forever

Though we may set out to keep a car forever, not everyone will have the persistence — and luck — of Irv Gordon, a man who holds the world record for having driven his 1966 Volvo P1800 for nearly 3 million miles. You can, however, greatly extend the life of your vehicle, while simultaneously reducing the possibility of mechanical mishaps. The following five items are basic and can apply to any vehicle.

When Should You Change Your Oil?

If you are one of the many people who let a windshield reminder sticker govern when they get an oil change, here’s our advice to you: Drop that habit. Instead, follow the automaker’s recommended service intervals. In many modern cars, your best bet is to rely on the vehicle’s oil life monitoring system to let you know when it’s time for a change.