How to change your engine oil

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What does engine oil do?

Engine oil lubricates your motor, moving through the engine parts while your car is in motion and collecting impurities as it goes. Over time, the oil will be polluted by contaminants and become darker in colour. This can be a good indication that it’s time to change your oil!

How often should you change your oil?

You need to change your oil before it loses its viscosity and becomes too dark in appearance. However, some manufacturers recommend changing the oil well before this point, at every 5000kms driven. Keeping your oil well-maintained is a proven strategy for extending the life of your engine and getting the best performance from your vehicle.

How to change your oil

Although it’s often performed during a car service, changing your car’s engine oil isn’t a difficult thing to do yourself.

  1.    Locate the drain plug.

You’re looking for a large nut or plug near the car’s oil pan. If you can’t reach it easily, you may need to jack your car up. Once you’ve located the plug, place a container underneath it to catch the oil.

  1.    Open the drain plug and empty the oil.

It’s a good idea to cover your hand with a rag while performing this step. The oil will drain from the engine fast. When the oil has finished draining, clean off the drain plug with a rag.

  1.    Remove the oil filter.

Head to the top of your engine now and remove the oil cap from the oil filler hole. You’ll want to be careful as you remove the oil filter as it will have oil in it. Carefully remove this piece and drain the contents into your oil container.

  1.    Replace the oil filter.

Place the new oil filter onto the gasket (where the old one was). Turn it until it clicks into place. Discard the old oil filter safely.

  1.    Replace the drain plug.

Use an adjustable wrench to ensure it is tight.

  1.    Pour the new oil into the engine.

Using a funnel, add about ¾ of the fresh oil into the engine before replacing the oil cap.

  1.    Run the engine for 60 seconds.

This allows you to ensure there are no leaks and that nothing requires tightening. Rest the car (engine off) for 10 minutes before proceeding to the next step.

  1.    Check the oil level.

Now that the engine oil has settled, use the dipstick to check the oil level. Continue adding oil until it is at a suitable level.

  1.    Repeat steps 7 to 8 until the engine oil is at the ‘full’ line.

You’re done! Time to take your baby for a spin around the block.

We’d like to thank the team at Scott’s Rods Mechanical for their advice in putting together today’s article.

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Safety Tips When Driving In The Rain

car window tinting tivoliWhile we do not really like to drive the car when it is raining hard outside, but the truth is sometimes it is really unavoidable. We all want to be safe and away from the road but in the case that you can’t avoid driving while the road is wet, here are some safety tips that you can look into:

Don’t rush it. It is better to be a few minutes late than deal with an accident. Slow down and do not get near the vehicle in front by leaving more distance between you two.

Let them see you. When the rain is hard, better turn the lights on to the low beam. You can only use high beam when you know you won’t be affecting the other drivers around you.

Don’t drive through flood waters. Flood waters are most tricky. Sometimes you think that it is not deep but once you get in, you realise how deep it is. When you drive your car through flood water, there is a chance that you might damage the engine’s compartment and internal electrical systems. You might even knock the suspension of its alignment especially if you are not certain how deep it is.

Pullover. If the rain is too heavy, it is just safe to just pull over and wait for it to ease. Just put your hazard lights on so that other driver can easily see you.

Check your tyres. Replace your tyres when needed. Do not ignore this as your tyres are the only ones that are keeping your car with the road.

Benefits Of Clean Car Glass And Windshield

car window tinting boovalSmall things such as dirt, bugs, and other grime can quickly stick up on your car windshield. You want your car glass and windshield clean to maintain maximum visibility. You will have to clean the car glass properly to completely remove the contaminants and get that clear and perfect shine.

The benefits of having a clean windshield.

Obviously, a clean windshield will give you a good look at the road. With a great looking car glass you can see right through without problems.

You can see the big difference when driving in bad weather condition. Filthy or contaminated windshield and those little things embedded and jammed in your glass can cause water to stay longer on the glass and affect your road visibility. When you have a nice clean surface those little things will just fly right off making it easy for you to see the road and safer when driving.

Another benefit is it actually prevents untimely wear and tear of the windshield wipers. Those dust and debris sticking up the glass reduce visibility and can damage the windshield wipers as you tend to go faster with your wipers to clear up the glass.

You don’t have to put up with a filthy and contaminated windshield when driving. There are products available to help clean and remove things that tend to stick in the windshield quickly and easily. It is important to keep your car glass and windshield whenever you use your car. A nice clean glass will make your car safer when driving especially when the weather is not friendly.