• What is ethanol, and ethanol-blended fuel?
• Will ethanol work in fuel-injected engines?
• Does ethanol lead to plugged fuel filters?
• What care should be given to a car not driven in a long time?
• How long does it take to check my transmission?
• What type of transmission fluid should I use in my car?
• Is changing the oil & oil filter really important?
• On a long trip what maintenance should be done?
• Does using air-conditioning affect my fuel economy?
• How do I use antilock brakes in an emergency?
• How much air should be put in tires?
• When stopped for extended periods should I shut off my engine?
• My check engine, transmission or overdrive light is on or flashes?
• Is changing my air filter important?
• How do I clean dirty battery terminals?
• Can spark plugs last 100,000 miles?
• How often should I wash & wax my car?
• How do I know I will not be overcharged for my repair?

Is changing the oil & oil filter really important?

Yes! Lubricating your car's engine's moving parts is the most important job of your car's motor oil. Dirty motor oil wears out engine parts much quicker. Motor oil cleans the inner parts of your automobile's engine as well as helping to cool it. Motor oil serves to seal the space between an engine's piston rings and cylinder walls, forming enough of a seal to help prevent loss of power and increase and engine's operating economy.

Changing an engine's oil without replacing the oil filter can result in the new oil picking up the contaminants trapped in the old oil filter and recirculating them to the engine's moving parts.

Change the oil and oil filter before taking a long trip. The more contaminated the oil, the faster a car's engine will consume it. Frequent oil and filter changes are an effective way to increase the life of your car - one of your most expensive and valuable possessions. Our auto repair mechanics recommend changing your car's oil and oil filter every 3,000-5,000 miles.