Oil Change

You know, few elements in your car or as simple or as crucial to its operation and longevity as these two items. Here it is motor oil and an oil filter. Now, unless you drive a battery, electric car, your car needs these things and it needs to get them replaced on a regular basis. The oil lubricates essentially all parts of the engine keeps it running and keeps it cooler. The oil filter well that just keeps the oil working longer, helps keep it clean so you can go 3000, 5,000, 10,000 miles. It depends on your car. So the question is how often do you need to change your oil and filter and they get done at the same time? The best answer, and actually we believe the only answer is to do it as often as the manufacturer of your car says to do it because all cars are different.

Typically, this information is in the owner’s manual or in a separate maintenance schedule, which is typically included with the owner’s manual, for decades and decades. All cars needed an oil change every 3000 miles and many cars still on the road do need that interval and some new ones do as well. But meanwhile, while you weren’t paying attention, the interval has been increasing to 5,000, 10,000 miles, even higher in some cars. That’s why you need to find out which your car calls for. Now, if you’re fortunate, your vehicle has an oil life monitor. Now it’s not just about the number of miles you drive, it’s about the nature of those miles. Now, for many years, manufacturers have said if you drive in certain extreme conditions, you might need to change your oil more frequently. Those conditions include lots of short trips, sustained high-speed driving, extremely high temperatures, extremely cold temperatures, towing, hauling.

This kind of stuff will degrade the oil faster. The good thing about an oil life monitor is it actually monitors how you’re driving and it makes sure you change the oil only when you need to. Now, I have changed the oil on countless cars myself and I can say nowadays there’s no reason to do it yourself. So you understand the process. You’ve got to jack the car up, which is typically not easy. You have to remove the drain plug and the old oil filter, let the oil drain out, put a new filter on, cap the drain hole, and then fill it with new oil. If you’re doing it right, you’re disposing of the used oil and responsible fashion. All of this stuff takes time and money. Getting an oil change at a service station is typically not that expensive and they handle all of that for you.

They don’t really make that much money on it either. However if you are a car owner, there is something you can and should do and that keeps an eye on the oil level. Now, most cars still have dipsticks which you can usually find them, they tend to have yellow handles. Now though, that wasn’t always the case. The way we recommend doing it wipes it off well in case it is splashed up in use and then read, dip it. When you pull it back out, you will see the level of the oil in an operating range hopefully.

If it is low, what you do is you just get the right type of oil and you can top it off it using the oil filler, which typically is easy to reach. Here it is right here. Now that raises the question, what type of oil should you use? Once again, we say go to the manufacturer for their recommendation. In this case, it’s right on the cap. If you have a mechanic that you think is particularly competent and confident who believes you should use a different type of oil during different seasons, you might agree to go ahead with that. I have to say with modern high tech oil and modern cars, there’s no reason you can’t put it in the specified oil run all year and have no problem. We recommend that you check your oil level every time. Maybe every other time you fill your fuel tank.

Some cars make it easier for you. They don’t have dipsticks. I can think of one example, BMWs, some of the modern ones. Just let you check the oil level right in the instrument panel. Now, if you find that the level is going down, consistently goes down, you might have a leak, or it might reflect some other problem. You’re going to need to get that checked out by the mechanic. Oil is extremely important while you’re driving. If ever you see the oil pressure level gauge go down, or if you get a bright red icon of that genie lamp, that means you need to pull over and turn the engine off right away because you are literally seconds away from permanent damage that will cost you thousands of dollars to repair oils important. You gotta keep it clean, you gotta change it at the right interval and use the right tight. When you want to find out what that is.

How to Clean an Electrical Socket on a Car

Good afternoon. My name is Tom Brinson, a certified auto mechanic in Redding, Pennsylvania. Today we’re going to talk about how to clean an electrical shock and on a car. I already have this turn signal switch taken out of another vehicle, but for demonstration purposes, it’s really not that difficult. The easiest way to do it is staying away from your car when you’re spraying this, put spray a little list on your terminals buttoned back.

Once you get it all or cleaned off there, you can take your cleaner again, just wash it off a little bit. It’s really not that difficult. You don’t want to probably be a good idea to wear a pair of safety glasses. That stuff is not good. If you get in your eyes, I want you to get it all cleaned off there. I’m washed off with a paper towel if you can. If you get a socket, it’s got him on the inside. These small picks will go down inside your terminal and you can pick them off pretty good. Just try not to open them up too much, cause then you’re not going to get good contact and you put it back together. But that’s about all it is to clean on an electrical socket on the car.

How to Clean a Baby Car Seat

Hi, I’m Erica, I’m in Atlanta, Georgia and I’m going to talk to you today about how to clean a baby car seat. All car seats are different. So the way it’s hooked up and the way that it’s put together can be a little bit different, but usually, it’s pretty much the same procedure. What you’re going to have to do is actually take the straps off. The little mechanism right here, most car seats have these, but if not, it’s pretty simple. You go ahead and take the straps off cause you will need to wash the straps in the washer separately. Once you unhooked that, you can actually pull the straps out to come out really easily.

You can also take these off also. And then usually the car seat fabric is held in by these little prongs. And what you need to do is just get a pair of pliers and just pinch the inside and just pushed it out. And you’re going to do that for all of these. You’re going to take all of them off. Once you take your fabric off, you can wash it in the washing machine. Usually on the cord cycle called the gentle cycle. You can use spray and wash off their only steams or if the child spilled anything on the actual chair. And then once you’ve taken it off on the plastic part, you can use, I’m just soap and water or you can actually spread us infected on it and just wipe it down.

How to Maintain a New Car

Good afternoon. My name is Tom Burns, a certified master mechanic from Redding, Pennsylvania. We want to talk about how to maintain your new car. When you buy a new vehicle. A lot of times, the dealerships that you pick it up at wool, will go over and, and schedule ahead of time your routine maintenance. However if you’re not sure and they skip this process when you buy it, all your owner’s manuals have a section in the back. Your schedule maintenance and how to keep up with you, your new vehicle. They have a specific section in here as the one you get your oil changed when you get the tires rotated.

Keep your oil changed at least every 5,000 miles. Every 15, 10, 15,000 miles, you want to check your air filters, your fuel filters, your belts, and your hoses. The biggest thing is to get your oil changed routinely. Make sure your tires rotated at least every other oil change. That’s about all the risks to it. The other specific specialties that you need to do special maintenance your dealership should be able to. I mentioned that when you buy your vehicle and if you have any questions, give them a call. They’re more than willing to sit down and talk to you about how to maintain your vehicle. But the biggest thing is to keep your all changed regularly. Keep your, your filters up regularly and just make sure your overall maintenance is done, your belts, your hoses and all that stuff every 10, 15,000 miles.

How to Diagnose a Faulty Brake

Usually when you have an issue when it comes to disc brakes for your drum brakes, basically any kind of break systems, you’ll have what they call a pool. Now when you hit the brake pedal left or right, or you have a vibration when you come to a stop, but we’re gonna focus today on the pooling aspect of it. Now a real simple way of determining which products and which side you have a problem with is if it’s pulling left and chances are 90 times, 90% of time you’re going to have a problem with the right side, either not working or being obstructed somehow over there. Or if it’s pulling to the right, chances are you’ve got a problem with the left because that’s the side that’s breaking and that’s why it’s going to pull you that way.

Brake Rotor, Caliper and Pads

Now, the most common problem when you have an issue with, either break sticking on one side or not working at all is the hose right here. Now when these hoses collapsed, what happens is you’ll push fluid down through them and it activates the brake Caliper, and it collapses shut then. And the pressure stays here. So the brake caliper, when you’re going down the road, is constantly applying pressure. So the easiest way to get around that, it’s just replaced the brake hose. Now when you’ve got another issue of, your brake pads, you’re coming down a hill bouncing that’s normally due to the road surface not being completely smooth. It actually, if you look at it with a micrometer, it’ll be a little wavy. So when you put brake pads, brake pressure on that pedal up there, and you’d come to stop. What’s happening is the piston in here is going like the, and that’s what’s giving you your pulsation coming down through. And I hope that’ll clear up for any kind of a diagnostic questions. You have one, what goes wrong with breaks.

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