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Oil

The blood of your engine. Oil is what keeps your engine from seizing up and becoming a chunk of steel. Oil is piped into the engine block and into the firing chanmber where the pistons are moving at thousands of revolutions per minute. The oil keeps the pistons lubricated as they move up and down ensuring they do so with ease.

Many oils for use in lubricating the pistons are mostly synthetic with additives to keep your engine running cleaner and seals tight. There are many different brands and types of oil, from high milage oil to the weight of oil, which is the classification of the type of oil.

Before you can check or even add oil to the vehicle you need to know its location. Oil The image here shows the engine of a Honda Accord 4-cylinder, while you may not have the same type of vehicle the location of the oil dipstick and cap is standard and very visible. In the image you can see the dipstick which has an orange handle. To the left of the diptick is the cap to the oil reserve, this is where you add any oil.

To check the oil level in your engine simply pull out the dipstick, wipe off, return the dipstick and then pull back out and read the level at the tip of the dipstick. Steve Nelson recommends you check your oil every time you stop for gas. To add oil to your vehicle you must first purchase the correct type. On the oil cap you will see a series of letters and numbers. For example, in the picture you can see '5W-20', that represents the weight or viscosity of oil that is required for that specificl engine. Each engine is different and you should consult both the owner's manual and the oil cap.

Steve Nelson recommends that when you purchase a vehicle that when you either change or add oil you stick with the same brand, this consistency will help extend the life of your engine's seals.

Types of Oil

There are many different brands and types of oil on the market today. According to Steve Nelson most of the oils are the same, with the exception of the high milage types. Nelson said that many manufacturers recommend using high milage oil after a certain amount of miles. Nelson recommends using high milage oil from the very beginning becuase it has additives that help keep all the seals well lubricated which will extend their life. Below are examples of different types of oils.

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Oil Change

Changing your engine's oil is a task that anyone can do at home with the proper tools. The purpose of this site is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to care for your car between tune-ups and maintenance procedures such as an oil change.

According to Steve Nelson, you should have your oil changed every 3,000 miles or every three months, being based on a one year or 12,000 mile driving pattern. Oil changes are usually quick and inexpensive procedures that can be done usually within an hour.