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All about oil: Your engine's lifeblood

Sympatico -- What you need to know to keep your car running smoothly

While all of your engine’s fluids are important, the vital one is oil. If you run out of gasoline, your car will start again once you’ve refilled the tank, and as drag cars prove, you can run for a short period of time without coolant (although it’s not recommended, of course). But run out of oil, and your engine could turn into a square of scrap in not much longer than it takes you to read this paragraph.

With oil doing such an important job under your hood, it’s important to know a bit more about this essential fluid.

What does it do?
Oil lubricates the moving parts in your car’s engine, some of which are only a few thousands of an inch apart. It also helps to remove heat from the engine’s high-temperature combustion


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honda0105
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even more imperative to use good oil and keep oil in the engine when driving a diesel...
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Thanks for posting- very informative even for seasoned veteran like me!
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Small maintenance costs for such an important part of the vehicle.
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Wow, must be a SLOWWWW news day for them to have to write an article that SHOULD be well known and understood. I guessss there are those who pretend to have no clue...
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ok
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Duh!
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 2:19:50 AM

I know someone that hasn't changed oil in his primary vehicle for 8 years.
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Always change the oil at the recommended interval.
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Read the book...
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 12:18:54 AM

Extremely informative and important topic.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 12:08:24 AM

Never heard of "winter" before. So why do they even have "winter" oils in south Texas?
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Change the oil after 4,000 Kms.
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ok
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Just do it check it!
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important fluid
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0 W 30
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change it oftern
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As I live and learn. It was always called "10 Weight 40" Never knew it was 10 Winter 40. Doesn't even sound right.
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Oil changes are forgotten by so many people.
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 11:43:08 PM

Yes, change oil regularly. An old Chrysler I had with a Mitusbishi engine I did the oil changes on a regular schedule. Except for blowing a head gasket and a faulty oil pump it would still be running. The mechanic had said he never saw an engine of that type so clean. Besides oil changes, it's also best to flush the radiator according to the car's schedule (and possibly avoid a blown head gasket).
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I change the oil in my car every 3 months.
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It will be needed for the rest of my life.
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Looks like oil is important for all aspects of life.
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change your oil often.
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People, how often do you change synthetic oil?
I am planning to change it after 18,000 km…
Your opinion on this?
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Keep your oil changed regularly.
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Every 3,000 miles or 3 months and mine gets changed. A good article about the importance of changing the power steering, transmission and flushing the radiator would be good for those who are not in the know.

I had a good laugh though when my ex's new wife had her brake fluid changed out during the annual service on her Jetta. My ex didn't think it was very funny at all.
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Good article
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I agree Lairre.
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Yeah, SparkieMi, I do the same thing.
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I need to pay more attention to this!
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3000 change
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280,000 on my Toyota and still going strong
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Did you know some vehicles can't be checked for oil level by the owners?

Who was the idiot engineering manager who thought that is a bright idea figures check the light bulb is burnt out by putting their thumb into the socket to make sure there is power.

Duh!!
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272000. I change my oil 4 times per year no matter how many miles I but on.
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Oil and filter changes are cheap insurance for an engine.
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Check oil level every time you fill up with gas... Change oil as recommended
in owners manual!!!!
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Oil good
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396,000 miles on original engine, changing oil every 3,000 miles.
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Interesting article...
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Oil changes have been one the cheapest form of maintenance.
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Check your oil!
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important fluid
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There is much truth in this article .
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Decent article. Important fluid.
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Interesting.
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Does the engine run on water--no?
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