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Routine maintenance is an important part of any vehicle’s life. All vehicles are designed with maintenance needs in mind, and these are translated by the engineers into a maintenance schedule that is listed in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Major maintenance services are generally referred to as 30/60/90K maintenance because they are done at 30,000 mile intervals. However there is one service that is necessary much more frequently in order to keep your vehicle healthy. For most vehicles oil changes should be completed between every 3,000 and 5,000 miles. But why is this service so important to complete? The main reason, to prevent catastrophic engine failure. Here is how regularly changing your oil keeps your vehicle healthy. Regulates Engine Temperature Engine oil is scientifically engineered to be able to help control the temperature of the engine as it operates by absorbing heat. But as oil ages it begins to break down, losing its ability to do so and it ... read more




As your car runs it produces emissions that contains fumes that are very poisonous to people, or any oxygen-breathing being for that matter. The exhaust system in your car prevents these gases from getting into the passenger area and it also helps to improve fuel efficiency by monitoring the makeup of your vehicle’s emissions and calculating the correct air/fuel mixture based on the readings. But you can monitor your exhaust as well and likely determine if engine trouble is occurring! If you see excess smoke being emitted from the tailpipe take note of the color, as it may indicate the problem within your car’s engine. These are the most common colors of exhaust and what they may mean for your vehicle. Black Exhaust If your car is producing thick, black exhaust it often indicates the burning of excess amounts of gas. This is usually caused by a faulty MAF sensor, which measures the amount of incoming air and calculates the proper amount of gasoline to mix with it t ... read more


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