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Does the Type of Oil in Your Truckee Vehicle Used Matter?

Does the Type of Oil in Your Truckee Vehicle Used Matter?

Does Premium Oil Matter for Truckee drivers? Absolutely. Oil lubricates vital engine components, so using the best oil provides better protection and ultimately longer life of your engine. Driving at altitude makes using a quality product even more important as engines are taxed and climbing hills revs up the RPM. Higher temperatures require a lubricant that can hold up. Just as important is using a quality oil filter. A filter keeps contaminants from cycling through the engine. A lower quality product commonly used at a “Value Oil Change” depot just can’t hold up. Think of the last time you accidently purchased one-ply toilet paper or cheap paper towels and the performance you received from that value product - definitely not a great experience ... Additionally, be sure you are getting the correct weight of oil as specified by the owners manual. You can trust Quality Automotive Servicing to know the correct product as specified for you vehicle and to us ... read more

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Should you use synthetic oil?

Synthetic oil is a great way to go and can save you time, money and gas. It’s a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), and vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates. Though more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, synthetic oil can improve fuel economy. You also have longer intervals between changes which saves on time and ultimately will actually cost you less that mineral-based oil changes

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How often should I change my oil? Should you follow guidelines for “normal” or “severe” driving conditions?

To keep your long term maintenance costs low, there's no better place to start than by scheduling regular oil and filter changes. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing the oil once a year or every 7,500 miles in passenger cars and light truck gasoline engines. However, that once a year, 7,500 mile oil change is for vehicles that are driven under “normal” driving conditions which is only about 20% of drivers. Nearly all of us fall under “Severe Service” driving conditions - frequent short trips (less than 10 miles, especially during cold weather), stop-and-go city traffic driving, driving in dusty conditions and driving at sustained highway speeds during hot weather. For this type of driving, which is actually “severe service” driving conditions, the recommendation is to change the oil every 3,000 miles or six months. For maximum protection, most oil companies say to change the oil every 3,000 miles or three to six months regardless of what type ... read more

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