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Monthly Archives: June 2020

Oil Change: Why Quick & Cheap Is Not Better

It's easy to think that keeping up on regular oil changes is all your vehicle needs. While regular oil & filter changes are important, at Quality Automotive Servicing in Truckee, we know your vehicle needs more. Let me tell you a true story. My friend has regular oil changes at a “Quick” lube in Reno. Recently he headed to Moab to meet some friends for mountain biking. In eastern Nevada, a belt broke and he became stranded. But that wasn’t the worst of it. When the belt broke, it flung around under the hood and put a hole in the radiator. While all his radiator fluid leaked out, he stood on the side of the road wondering if he even had cell service. While he was seeking bars, and not the drinking kind, he discovered the closest shop that could do the work in a day was in Salt Lake City. He was towed, at his expense, to Salt Lake City where he put his trust in a shop he didn’t know. He purchased a new radiator and belt at considerable expense. This wa ... read more

Overfilling the engine oil cause expensive damage to the vehicle

Overfilling the engine oil cause expensive damage to the vehicle

Overfilling the engine oil can cause serious damage to the engine. Some signs that the car owner can identify that point to overfilling the oil are oil leaks and blue exhaust smoke. ​ When too much engine oil is added, excess oil comes in contact with the crankshaft. The crankshaft, rotating at a high-speed, mixes the oil with air which results in a foamy, aerated mixture. This foamy oil acts like a bad lubricant, and as a result, the oil is not pumped effectively through the engine. Over time, the engine will be starved of proper lubrication, which can result in components failing and the engine seizing. Excess oil in the crankshaft can also cause the catalytic converter to fail. Additionally, overfilling the oil puts pressure on the gaskets and seals, causing oil leaks that may not have been present before. Overfilling the oil happens more often than you might think. Here are some instances where overfilling an happen. Different vehicles hold different ... read more