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We get a lot of questions from our customers about what type of oil they should be using in their vehicles.  Our recommendation, for all our customers, is to use a full synthetic oil.  Even if your car has always used conventional oil synthetic oil can be used at any time.  Actually 70% of new cars today use full synthetic motor oil. What is the benefit of Synthetic Oil Synthetic oil generally resists breakdown for longer than conventional oils making it work better in keeping your engine clean. Contaminants such as soot, carbon, and sulfuric and nitric acid are inevitable byproducts of the combustion process, and all of them end up in your motor oil, to varying degrees.  Conventional oils would collects these deposits and break down reducing it's efficiency causing your engine to reduce power, performance, and fuel economy and ultimately shortening the overall life of your engine.  Another added benefit to synthetic oil is that it tends to flow better in lower temperatures compared to conventional oil. Oil can settle overnight, when you start the car it will begin flowing through the engine to protect your against friction.  In the cold months conventional oils can take longer to flow through the system.  Using synthetic oil protects better against engine wear because it is flowing through the critical parts faster during the colder months. Dispelling the Myths There are a lot of myths associated with synthetic oil that are simple not true. Here are just a few: 1. Once you switch to synthetic oil you can never go back to conventional. Most oils today are a synthetic blend or semi synthetic.  Meaning they are using synthetic components anyway.  You can switch back and forth at any time, although it is advised that you use the same type of oil for top offs, until you have your oil changed. 2. By using synthetic oil, I can go longer between oil changes. It could.  Synthetic oil changes are recommended every 5,000 miles.  So if you were changing your oil every 3,000 then this will save you some time and money in the long run.  The main reason for using synthetic oil though is to protect your engine and prolong it's life.  3. You shouldn't use synthetic oil in older vehicles This is based on the belief that synthetic oils will break down the seals and cause leaks, which may have been true in the past, but are no longer true with the new synthetic oils.  They are perfectly safe to use in any vehicle.  with the exception of some Mazda rotary engines, where using synthetic oil may void the warranty. For us the answer is simple, synthetic oil can help prolong the life of your engine and can make your engine perform better, so that is the best choice.   
By changing our focus as car owners from dealing with repairs to generally maintaining our cars we can not only extend the life of our vehicles but we can also save money in the long run.  In order to keep your car running at its best, you need to have regular "check ups" of key systems to ensure they are functioning properly.  Check Fluids Fluids are an essential part of all of the systems in your vehicle.  While there are different months and mileage recommendations for different vehicles based on manufacture specifications, generally we find that 5,000 miles is a good gauge for replacing oil and filter.  It is also a great idea for you to pop the hood every now and then and simply check the dipstick to ensure oil is still flowing through the mechanical system.  In addition to oil you should regularly check coolant, wiper fluid, transmission, brake, and power steering fluids.    Rotate your tires All four tires do not carry the same weight of the vehicle while driving.  That is why, to insure the proper life of your tires, you should have them rotated every 5,000 miles.  This is something you can keep on the same schedule as the oil change and fluid check to make remembering easier.  Additionally, it is always a good idea to routinely walk around the car and check the air pressure and tire tread.  You can check the tread by using a penny.  If the tire tread does not reach Lincoln's head it may be time to think about new tires Replace your brake pads How much you use your brakes will determine how long they last.  If you drive in heavy traffic, or you tend to ride your brakes then you could need to replace your brakes faster than others.  Brake pads should be no less than a quarter inch thick.  Noisy or unresponsive brakes indicate a need for replacement. Check and clean your battery Battery terminals can become corroded causing the current to not flow and therefore not charging the electrical system of the car.  This does not mean that the battery is dead.  inspect the terminals if they seem dirty you can clean them with baking soda or cola.  If you still do not seem to have power, it is best to get the battery tested to determine if the problem is the battery or something else in the electrical charging system.  Batteries typically last 5 years--the caveat to this is that this timeline is for vehicles that are driven daily for a good distance.  Leaving your car sitting for too long, or only driving a few miles a week may cause a battery to die faster.  Change filters Cars have multiple filters including oil filters, air filters, cabin air filters, and fuel filters. The filters job is to remove contaminants from the vehicle and it's systems.  Oil filters should be changed when the oil is changed.  The other filters have vary lengths of life, but it is good practice to at least examine them with every oil change to determine their life left. Wiper Blades and Lights Not generally an expensive area of vehicle, but defiantly an important one.  Both wipers and lights ensure that you can see and be seen.  Wiper blades should be checked as part of your regular maintenance.  The blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. You should replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots.  Periodically walk around the vehicle during the night to inspect all of your lights.  Headlights are always easier to determine if they are out, but you want to remember to check parking lights, tag lights and try to have someone help you check the brake lights.
Thomas Smith
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I started my shop because I wanted to help people.  With every visit, we are checking the safety items like brakes, tires, steering and suspension components, wipers and lights, to ultimately make sure you have the safest, most reliable vehicle possible.  But I wanted to make sure that not only the vehicle is safe but the occupants as well.  You are transporting your family everyday and we want to make sure everyone is safe and secure. While working on your vehicles I see many with car seats.  Sometimes we need to remove them to complete the repairs and at times we have noticed that some do not seem to be in as securely as they should.  It made me really start to think about the safety of them.    Did you know that car related injuries are one of the leading causes of death for children in the US.  You may also be surprised to learn that 3 out of 4 child safety seats are installed incorrectly.  This statistic floored me. I am a dad of three kids, ranging in ages from 9 to almost 1 and of course I want to keep them safe and I thought I was making the best decision on car seats and installing them correctly.  I found out I was not 100% accurate in that belief.  I know you are doing the best for your children as well, but I wondered if there was a way I could help you ensure their safety.    Because of these factors, I decided to become a certified child safety seat technician.  I enrolled in the NHTSA class to learn proper installation.  Additionally, we learned how to select the correct seat based on your vehicle and your child's age, height and weight, as well as how to instruct parents, grandparents and care givers to install the car seats themselves.  I take the time to teach you because you don't want to have to come back to me every time you need to move the car seat from one vehicle to another.  It was a 30 hours course and it was very intense, but it was well worth it.     For me, this was one of the best classes I could have taken and I can now state that I am a Certified Child Safety Seat Technician. What better way to continue to make sure that not only the vehicle is safe but also the precious cargo that you are transporting.

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