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Friday, March 28, 2014

A Sheep in Oil Filters' clothing

    The oil filter is another place where myth seems to rule and fact goes floating by unnoticed. In a world of quick-in, quick-out, fast-food-style oil changes, the quality of the oil and filter are overlooked routinely.  Good oil filters can drastically increase engine life, crap filters can ruin your engine quickly.  I have seen low-cost filters actually come apart and ruin an engine immediately after an oil change, I have seen cheap filters whose back-flow valve does not work properly so the oil and dirt drain back out of the filter and pump, and I have dealt with filters that simply do not filter- they leave crud to circulate through the engine unchecked.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

OIL: The Good, The Bad, and The Swamp Sludge...

With todays' topic, we are going do dive into a bit of a slippery subject- engine oil and oil changes. We have been told for years that oil changes need to happen every 3000 miles, but why?  All oils are slippery right, so is there really that much difference between oils and how they perform?  I wish I could, in good conscience, say that whatever oil you pour into your engine is fine. I wish I could say that oil changes don't matter and it also doesn't matter what kind of filter you use, or how often you change it.  Sorry, No can do.