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  • Don't Fall For These Auto Repair Tricks
    Don't Fall For These Auto Repair Tricks

    Many of us rely on our cars for some of the most important day-to-day tasks. If something goes wrong, it can be a very scary and stressful experience. Some -- not all, of course -- unscrupulous mechanics prey on that fea......

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  • Don't Buy This Stuff From Your Car Dealer
    Don't Buy This Stuff From Your Car Dealer

    Whether you bought your car new or used, it's important to maintain it properly and to use high-quality replacement parts. After all, a complex machine like a car is only as good as its parts.For certain replacement part......

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  • Five Reasons To Change Your Own Oil
    Five Reasons To Change Your Own Oil

    Cars can be complex machines, but even if you can't tell a transmission from a tailpipe, you should be more than capable of changing your own oil.It's a great thing to learn to do, as it's a relatively easy and economica......

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  • National Car Care Month: Use Correct Oil, But 3K Mile Change is A Waste
    National Car Care Month: Use Correct Oil, But 3K Mile Change is A Waste

    Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, answers your questions about auto maintenance, buying new and used cars, and anything related to your vehicle.Car dealers and oil-change chains put stickers on our windshields after changing th......

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  • Top Ten Worst Things You Can Do To Your Car
    Top Ten Worst Things You Can Do To Your Car

    Getting an oil change is a pain, whether you do it yourself or have it done professionally. You have to take time out of your day, pay for it and, if you're at a lube shop, often endure a stream of questions and accusati......

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  • Quick-Lube Primer: Stop! Don't Go For Your Next Oil Change Before Reading This
    Quick-Lube Primer: Stop! Don't Go For Your Next Oil Change Before Reading This

    Have you ever gone to a quick-lube place for an oil change and, while you're waiting in the lobby for your car, the service bay/sales person informs you that a certain service(s) "must" be performed on the vehicle immedi......

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  • Save Your Money: The 3,000 Mile Oil Change is the Dinosaur of Auto Repair

    The 3,000-mile oil change has gone the way of the dinosaur. What do I base this statement on given my staunch support of the 3,000-mile oil change for so many years? Today oils and lubricants are so much better compared ......

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  • Changing Your Engine Oil Depends On Your Driving: Normal Or Severe?
    Changing Your Engine Oil Depends On Your Driving: Normal Or Severe?

    Have you ever tried to actually read your owner’s manual, especially the part about maintenance and service? As if this kind of stuff isn’t confusing enough, there are always two schedules listed, one for a v......

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  • DIY Garage: Oil Basics

    When the time comes to change your vehicle's oil, walk into any major store and you'll find dozens of brands. How do you know which to choose? AOL Autos has teamed up with AutoZone to bring you a series of DIY car ......

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  • What Type of Oil Should You Put In Your Car?

    Dear Tom,I just bought a 2009 KIA Optima. The owner’s manual says I should use 5W20 oil in the engine. My dad used to fix cars and he said that this oil is too thin and that I should use “Straight 30 weight&r......

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  • How To Change Your Oil

    The synchronized movement of an internal combustion engine is a romantic tale in engineering. As the engine performs an initial task thousands of times per minute for hours, the mechanical ballet depends on a protective ......

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  • Oil Changes: How Often?

    I have been in the auto repair industry since 1972 ... hummmm, a simple calculation of the math illustrates that I have been in car repair for, uh, well, let's not go there. It makes me depressed. You do the math and kee......

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  • Is Synthetic Oil Better?

    I've been getting a lot of mail regarding using synthetic motor oil in vehicles. Questions such as:Should I use synthetic oil?Does it work better in some cars than others?Does it cost more?Do I have to change the oil mor......

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  • The Mysteries of the Encryption on an Oil Can

    Quite often the subject of motor oil comes up during my radio program. Questions such as: How often should I change the oil? What type of oil should I use? What kinds of oils are available? What do the letters and symbol......

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  • Don't Waste Your Money On Too Many Oil Changes

    A few months ago I wrote and recorded a car care tip that aired on XM Satellite Radio. To the best of my recollection, the tip was an answer to a question addressed to me from a listener in California. She wanted to kno......

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  • Oil Change Options

    I've been getting a lot of mail regarding using synthetic motor oil in vehicles. Questions such as:- Should I use synthetic oil?- Does it work better in some cars than others?- Does it cost more?- Do I have to change the......

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