Monthly Archives: August 2017

Motoring Minute - Not all oils are created equal

Not all oils are created equal As we continue our discussion on oils, this week we turn our attention from cooking oil to motor oil. Like cooking oils there are many different types of motor oil. First let starts with the 3 basic types of motor oils: regular, semi-synthetic, and full synthetic. Within each of the basic types, there are different viscosities of oils. What is that you ask? Well viscosities are how much effort it takes to make the oil flow. So a 5W20 will flow easier than a 5W30. Remember in part one, I shared that when you change your cooking oil depends on how and what kind of food you cook in it. Well like cooking oil, what type of oil you use and how you use the vehicle will determine how often you should change your oil. Full synthetic motor oils will last longer than the regular oil. Generally speaking, the in town short trips to school or work is harder on the oil and vehicle overall than longer interstate type of driving. Extreme weather changes and ... read more

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Motoring Minute - Fried foods and engine oil?

Fried foods and engine oil? I would venture to guess that everyone has had fried food at some point in their lives.  It might have been just a simple french fry and onion rings or something exotic like deep fat fried Twinkies at the fair!! Did you know that there are differences in the type of oils you use for frying?!  But before you pick your oil you need to know most foods are fried between 350-400 degrees.  That means that you need to choose oils with a smoke point above 400 degrees.  Smoke point is the temperature at which the oil will start to smoke, catch fire, and start breaking down chemically and produce harmful free radicals. Anyway, of the oils, there are some that are considered more “healthy” for frying.  Each variety has a taste and smoke point and some say they can even lower your cholesterol! (If you can believe that!)  Furthermore, the type of foods cooked in a deep fryer, as well as its frequency of use, will determi ... read more

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Motoring Minute - Battery Cable Connections

Motoring Minute - Battery Cable Connections

Monday Morning Motor Minute this week is about battery cables! I know….. Aren’t you excited to know more about them! But in all seriousness, good clean battery cables, specifically the connectors are very important for the health of your vehicle. As you can see by the pictures below, these battery cables have become corroded from battery acid? (I just call them dirty with brownish green mold looking stuff) When your cables connections become corroded, it interferes with the connection to the battery. This in turn can cause all sorts of problems with your vehicle such as: The vehicle won’t start The vehicle warning lights coming on Intermittent starting or running issues Vehicle charging issues Potential shifting issues of the transmission As my husband the mechanic says: “Everything starts and ends with the battery!! We found this corroded battery connection while the vehicle was in for an oil change. In this case, we did have to replace the battery con ... read more

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