Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Oil change 101

Are you a real man (or woman, for that matter)? Do you chop your own firewood? Hunt your own food? Change your car's oil yourself?

Yeah, me neither. But I'd like too! At least, the changing my own oil part. If the day had about twice as many hours, I just might do it myself, but the Jiffy Lube on every corner is too tempting. If I were to do it myself though, This detailed walk-through from the Autoblog would be an outstanding resource. They really did a nice job with this guide, with lots of detail and a lot of useful photographs. Even if you already are a real man, you'll want to check that out. Heck, if you have no intention of ever dirtying your hands or crawling under your truck, I think you'll like knowing what's under there and what those guys are doing (or should be doing) when you go to the service station.

Since this is the BrightCar Blog, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that BrightCar can help you schedule your oil changes. It's the most common routine maintenance you should be doing for your car and the one that seems to produce the most suggestions for just how often it should be done. The Quickie Lube places will tell you 3 months or 3,000 miles. Your owner's manual may tell you 5,000 miles and that expensive synthetic oil may say it can go 10,000 miles. Whichever one you want to go with, BrightCar can accommodate you. You don't need to look at that sticker on your window and try to remember to add 2,000 miles or look in your owner's manual and try to apply their rigid 5,000, 10,000, 15,000 etc. schedule to your actual driving habits and previous oil changes. BrightCar will remind you when you're due based on the schedule you want (or you can keep the schedule that BrightCar suggests based on your car's manufacturer's plan).

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