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Case For the 3,000 Mile Oil Change

Why it’s a great idea for you to change the oil every 3,000 miles:
Like most U.S. drivers – more than 80% of drivers, according to a recent study – drive under SEVERE conditions, as defined in most owners’ manuals. In other words, for most drivers “severe” is “normal.”
Sampling of Automaker oil change recommendations for NORMAL and SEVERE driving:
AUTOMAKER, Normal, Severe
FORD, 7500, 3000
CHRYSLER, 5000, 3000
TOYOTA, 5000, 3000
NISSAN, 7500, 3750
NOTE: Typical automaker recommendations (can vary by model, engine, etc.)
A Word on Oil Change Indicator Lights
While we believe most consumers can rely on these indicator lights, we decided to stick with the 3,000 miles interval – to be safe and reflect the way most people drive. Typically, such systems continuously monitor everything from vehicle speed, rpm, oil and coolant temperature – to calculate motor oil additive degradation. At Valvoline’s laboratory and engine testing facilities we’ve NEVER seen an engine failure when the oil is changed at 3,000 miles using quality Valvoline products.
Older vehicles, older recommendations
Want another reason to change the oil every 3,000 miles? The median age of passenger cars in operation in the U.S. was 9.4 years in 2008, according to R. L. Polk & Co. Just over 41 percent of all cars were 11 years or older. Automakers recommended the 3,000 mile oil change interval for most of those 100 million older cars and trucks.
“Based on the uncertainty of what the future holds, consumers are trying to keep their current vehicles running longer, until their confidence improves,” said Dave Goebel, solutions consultant for Polk’s aftermarket team.
It kind of gives you a new perspective on recent automaker recommendations that raised the oil change interval, doesn’t it?
Why change the oil?
Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicles engine. Quality motor oil keeps engines clean by:
o Minimizing deposit formation;
o Reducing oil consumption by fighting volatility and oil evaporation;
o Resisting oil thickening by providing enhanced oxidation control;
o Suspending contaminants and keeping them from interfering with vital engine parts;
o Preventing sludge from forming;
Changing the oil and filter removes the suspended contaminants and replenishes the oil’s performance agents that get consumed.
Who says so?
The Car Care Council
The most recent National Car Care Month check lanes found that 32% of vehicles failed the inspection because of low, overfull or dirty motor oil. “The Car Care Council recommends changing your vehicle’s engine oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles depending on the vehicles make and model, how you drive the vehicle and the conditions under which you drive,” the Council stated. “Always consult the owner’s manual.” Regular maintenance involves more than oil changes, too. Routine maintenance helps keep the vehicle safe and can save money. “Since four out of five vehicles checked need some type of service, it’s important to remind motorists that those who keep their cars, treat them as valuable investments and commit to regular vehicle maintenance, end up saving a lot of money,” according to the Council.
National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
ASE’s mission is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals. ASE recommends changing your oil and filter as specified in your manual – more often if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips. The Valvoline/ASE Poll of the American Mechanic consistently finds that the nations top mechanics (ASE Certified Master Automobile Technicians) overwhelmingly recommend regular oil changes as the most important thing consumers can do to make their cars perform and last longer.
A Leading Consumer Advocacy Magazine
A 2002 report documented problems with sludge relative to specific engines made by several manufacturers. The magazine recommended changing the oil on the “extreme” (or “severe”) schedule to protect those engines from sludge.…

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Auto Repair: The Key to Disassembly and Assembly

One of the biggest fears of someone just wetting their toes in the shallow end of auto repair is that the minute they take something apart, they’ll never be able to put it back together again. This is a legitimate fear. It is closely related to the reason many PC owners don’t know much about their own computers. Once you get past the Start menu, things get scary for the uneducated. Same with cars. Programming the clock is one thing; doing something underneath the hood is quite another. Here is the key to taking something apart and putting it back together again, a useful skill to have when working on your car.
Lay Down a Rag
This is an important step. Ideally, the rag will be white and clean. Each time you remove a part from your car, you’re going to lay it on this rag. There will be no exceptions. Keep it in a place where it isn’t going to get a bunch of dirt and oil on it. At the same time, it should be within easy reach. Once you’ve begun to put parts on it, try not to move it again. It is a rule of auto repair that states if something can be lost, it probably will be. Don’t take that chance.
Make Notes
These don’t have to be actual written notes, though they certainly can be if you’re concerned about your ability to remember. But mental notes will suffice otherwise. The important thing is to be in the moment, and this is the mistake many amateur auto repair beginners make. They take something apart without thinking about what they’re doing. Stay with the task. Make a note about each part you set aside. What does it do? Where does it go? How does it do what it does? You may not be fully aware of all the answers, but even getting close can help you tremendously when it comes to putting it all back together.
Start a System
Putting down a rag isn’t enough. You’ll want to lay the parts aside systematically. The easiest way to do this is in a clockwise fashion. What’s the reasoning? Because when you begin putting it back together, you can simply start from the bottom and work your way back up. Go counter-clockwise, and you won’t have to worry about getting what you thought was the end and still having a piece left over. If you go one at a time, you’ll never have to worry about your auto repair turning into a hair-pulling nightmare of frustration. Well, not from this aspect, anyway.…

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Fiat: Placing Steps Towards Greater Heights

Established in the year 1976, with its headquarters in Italy in the city of Orbassano, which is not at long distance from the city of Turin, the Centro Ricerche Fiat carries out study on the following topics:

1) engines

2) vehicles

3) electronic classifications

4) fabrication processes

5) Technical-managerial techniques.

History and achievements of the car company: Fiat

In the years, the Centro Ricerche Fiat has added notoriety for the superiority of its technological accomplishments, which have been pleased with prominent worldwide honors: Some of them are as follows:

1) ?The Economist modernization Award ? in the year 2002? for the expansion of Common Rail Diesel locomotive expertise.

2) ?Legambiente in the year 2002?, for the development of Hybrid Methane locomotive.

3) The ?Ferrari Expertise Awards? for the year?s most excellent technological associate.

Present most excellent car models launched by Fiat:

In the midst of the company?s most excellent achievements, exact point out must be done for the Multijet locomotive, fabricated in the year 2002 as the 2nd generation Common Rail locomotive, with considerably improved presentation, that at present motorize the subsequent models from the Fiat series:

a) Panda

b) Stilo

c) Punto

d) Idea

Safety: primary concern of the company:

Over the period of time, Fiat?s obligation to protection has become a solid plan, recognized by everyone by ?all-round safety?, fabricated in view of the Sixties systematic study carried out by the Safety Centre of Fiat.

The entire tests and study activities, varying from collide tests by means of electronic mannequins to tests on personality elements, show the way to the formation of progressive systems and piece of equipments, obtainable on all the automobiles in the variety, to make certain that driving is comfortable, road holding and safety is maintained: from defensive security to active and passive protection.

Company?s concern to safeguard the environment:

Shielding the surroundings is among the Fiat?s most important objectives, that has made accessible its talents and technical development for years, and has tried to augment community consciousness: conserving the surroundings is most important dispute that unease the culture and performance of civilization all together.

As element of its promise, Fiat has concerned not only its associates in manufacturing, but in addition to the administration and neighboring institutions, in a steady attempt to decrease the ecological effects of its merchandises and manufacturing processes.

New innovation of the company: tetra fuel vehicle

Now, afresh, the assembly of innovates with the exercise of the energy, by beginning the innovative Fiat Siena 1.4 Tetra fuel, the initial motor vehicle on the earth that can make use of 4 types of dissimilar fuel:

1) ethanol 100% pure

2) Brazilian gasoline 20% ethanol

3) pure gasoline, similar to that utilized in dissimilar countries of Latin America and Europe

4) natural gas…

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Seven Tips For Saving Money On An Auto Insurance Quote

The best auto insurance quote is usually the lowest one that you get. When you shop for coverage, it is important to save money. Here are seven tips for getting a lower premium payment.
1. Drop some of the coverage from your policy. If your car is getting older, you may not need expensive collision coverage. However, it is still a good idea to opt for comprehensive coverage. It will pay for things like fire and theft losses. It will also pay for accidents like a tree falling on your car. If you receive hail damage, comprehensive will pay for it. It is not an expensive option on your policy.
2. Check into extras like free auto club benefits. Some companies will give you free roadside assistance with your coverage. Others may offer it for a reduced rate. A good auto club can cost you in excess of $100 per year.
3. The type of car you drive, matters a great deal. Some cars are at higher risk for being stolen. Others are involved in more accidents than most cars. Check into the rates for different types of vehicles, before you buy one.
4. You can lower your annual driving mileage. You might consider car pooling with others, as this can save you money. Most companies offer lower rates for low mileage drivers.
5. Consider an alarm system for your car. Anti-theft devices can qualify for lower rates. Cars with alarms are less likely to be stolen. Any type of safety device like anti-lock brakes will also qualify.
6. Check into group discounts that are available. Certain companies and organizations may receive special rates. It may be your local credit union, or it might be your place of employment.
7. Make sure all of your cars are insured with the same company. You might have student drivers or adult children at home. This may earn you a multiple car discount, on your policy.…