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Does your keychain have 12 keys or more, or multiple key chains attached?
Think about lightening up your key chain load. The weight, combined with
bouncing while you drive, can wear out the tumblers inside the ignition and eventually lead to ignition tumbler and/or switch failure.

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Stop Changing Your Oil!!!!

Breaking the 3,000-Mile Habit


     Oil chemistry and engine technology have evolved tremendously in recent years, but you'd never know it from the quick-change behavior of American car owners.  Driven by an outdated 3,000-mile oil change commandment, they are unnecessarily spending millions of dollars and spilling an ocean of contaminated waste oil.


     Although the average car's oil change interval is around 7,500 miles---and as high as 20,000 miles in some cars---this wasteful cycles continues largely because the automotive service industry, while fully aware of the technological advances, continues to preach the 3,000 gospel as a way to keep their service bays busy.  As a result, even the most cautious owners are dumping their engine oil twice as often as their service manuals recommend.  


     After interviews with oil experts, mechanics and automakers, one thing is clear: The 3,000-mile oil change is a myth that should be laid to rest.  Failing to heed the service interval in your owner's manual wastes oil and money, while compounding the environmental impact of illicit waste oil dumping.



Scared into Needless Service


     Part of the blame for this over servicing lies in our insecurities about increasingly complicated engines that are all but inaccessible to the average driver.  Pop open the hood of a modern car, and a wall of plastic covers wall off the engine.  Some vehicles, the only thing an owner can easily access is the oil cap.


     "Vehicles are so sophisticated that oil is one of the last things an owner can have a direct  influence over." said Matt Snider, project enginer in GM's Fuels and Lubricants Group. "  There's maybe some feeling that they're taking care of their car if they change their oil more often.


     The 3,000-mile myth is also promoting the quick lube industry's "convenience reminder" windshield sticker.  It is a surprisingly effective tool to that prompts us to continue following a dictate that our fathers (or grandfathers) drummed into our heads: It's your duty to change your oil every 3,000 miles---or your car will pay the price.  But as former service advisor David Langness put it, the 3,000-mile oil change is "a marketing tactic that dealers use to get you in their service bay on a regular basis.  Unless you go to the drag strip on the weekends, you don't need it".    


     Because busy car owners seldem read their owner's manuals, most have no idea of the actual oil change interval for their car.  And so they blindly follow the windshield reminder sticker in the windshield, whether it is an accurate indicator of the need for for an oil change or not.  "I just go by the sticker in the window," one well-to-do educated, Denver Lexus owner said.  "Otherwise, how would I know when to change it?"


      A career Navy mechanic who bought a Edmunds.com long term car just shrugged when he was told the vehicle had safely gone 13,000 miles between oil changes.  "I'll just keep changing the oil every 5,000 miles," he said.  "Its worked well for me in the past."  Our oil change addiction also comes from the erroneous argument that nearly all cars should be serviced under the "severe" schedule found in the owner's manual.  In fact, a quiz on the Web site maintained by Jiffy Lube International Inc. (owned by petro-chemical giant Shell Oil Company recommends the severe maintenance schedule for virtually every kind of driving pattern.


     The argument that most people drive under severe conditions is loosing its footing, however, A number of automakers, including Ford and GM, have contacted Edmunds data editors to request the maintenance section  of Edmunds' site substitute the normal maintenance schedule for the severe schedule that had been displayed.


      About the only ones that really need a 3,000 mile oil change are the quick-lube outlets and dealership service departments.  In their internal industry communications, they're frank about how oil changes bring in customers.  Many people...know when to have their oil changed but don't pay that much attention to it," said an article in National Oil and Lube news online newsletter.  "Take advantage of that by using a window sticker system (and) customers will be making their way back to you in a few short months."  Another National Oil and Lube article tied the frequency of oil changes to success in pushing related products and services.  For a midsized SUV, the stepped up oil change intervals will bring in $1800.00 over the life of the vehicle, the article says.  "A few extra services (or oil changes can go a long way toward increasing the amount money a customer will spend during the lifespan we estimated here," the article concludes.


Today's oil goes the distance.


     While the car servicing industry is clear about its reasons for believing in the 3,000-mile oil change, customers cling to it only because they're largely unaware of advances in automotive technology.  Among 2010 models, the average recommended oil change interval, based on a normal service schedule, is about 7,800 miles---more than double the traditional 3,000-mile interval.  The longest oil change interval is 20,000 miles, for all Porsches.  The shortest oil change intervasl is 5,000 miles in some late-model Toyotas, but the car maker has begun shifting its fleet to 10,000-mile oil change intervals using synthetic oil.


     "Oil has changed quite a bit and most of thatisn't transparent to the average consuming public," said Robert Sutherland, principal scientist at Pennzoil Passenger Car Lubricants.  Synthetic oils, such as the popular Mobil 1, are stretching oil changes intervals, leaving the 3,000-mile mark in the dust.  "The great majority of new vehicles today have a recommended oil change interval of greater than 3,000-miles," said Mobil spokeswomen KristenA. Hellmer.    The company's most advanced synthetic product (Mobil 1 Extended Performance) is guaranteed for 15,000 miles.


     Today's longer oil change intervals are due to:


     Improved "robustness" of todays oils, with there ability to protect engines from wear and heat and still deliver good fuel economy with low emissions.


     Tighter tolerances (the gap between metal moing parts) of modern engines.


     The introduction of oil life monitoring systems, which notify the driver when an oil change is required and are based on the way the car is driven and the conditions it encounters.





 For 2010 vehicles, 14 of 35 carmakes are now using oil life monitoring systems. One GM car driven by Edmunds went 13,000 miles before the monitoring system indicated the need for an oil change. We sent a sample of that oil to a lab for analysis. The results showed that the oil could have could have safetly delivered at least another 2,000 miles of service. Oil experts and car manufacturers are solidly on the side of less- frequent oil changes that these formulation changes make possible. "If customers always just stayed with the 3,00-mile recommendation, there'd be these great strides in the robustness of oil that oil companies have made [that] wouldn't be utilized," said GM's Matt Snider. Consumers, he said, "would be throwing away good oil." Chris Risdon, a product education specialist for Toyota agreed, adding that oil technology advances that permit fewer changes are a tool to protect the environment. "If you're doing it half as much, thats 5 quarts of oil times1.7 million vehicles a year---that's a tremendous amount of waste oil thats not being circulated into the environment." Waste oil is a problem exacerbated by too-frequent oil changes, according to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, which campaigned against the 3,000-mile dictate.  The Agency says that 153.5 million gallons of used oil is generated in California annually but only 59% of it is recycled. 

So be "GREEN", check your owners manual or use the oil life monitor to determine when your oil needs to be changed. 

This article is provided by Edmunds.com



How to live past 150,000 (miles, that is)

Twelve tips to help you keep your car running forever


Improvements in technology, build quality and metallurgy mean that cars are living longer and longer, even in the Rust Belt. And it's not just Japanese cars, either -- domestics and Europeans are giving reliable service up to, and well past, 150,000 miles.

With proper care and feeding, virtually any car can be kept running as long as the owner wants to keep it. Here are twelve guidelines to keeping your car alive well into six-figure territory.

  • Buy a good car to begin with. Though Japanese cars are generally the most reliable, don't dismiss American cars -- their quality is improving and they are often less expensive to repair. European cars are generally the most expensive to fix. If you're shopping, talk to owners of similar cars about their experiences.

  • Follow the maintenance schedule in your owner's manual. If your car has a "maintenance minder", use that as a guideline for service, but be sure to double-check your owner's manual as some items need to be replaced based on time rather than mileage. Don't forget the timing belt! Most cars need to have the timing belt replaced every 60,000 to 90,000 miles. It's not cheap, but it's far less expensive than the damage it causes if it breaks.

  • Keep a repair fund. Cars do break, and there's nothing like a $1,500 repair bill to scare an old-car owner into the new-car showroom. Remember, your car would have to generate repair bills of around $5,000 per year for at least four years in a row to even approach the cost of a new car. In place of your payment, try putting $100 or $200 per month into an interest-bearing car-repair account. That way an unexpected repair or major maintenance won't disrupt your normal cash flow.

  • Do your homework. Many cars have known problems that tend to pop up under certain circumstances or after enough mileage/time. Most makes and models have Web sites and forums devoted to them; they can be a gold mine of information. Knowing your car is prone to a given problem isn't necessarily cause to get rid of it; it just allows you to be prepared.

  • Be aware. Be on the lookout for new noises, strange smells or anything that just doesn't feel right. If something seems amiss, talk to your mechanic or dealership. Don't let them tell you "that's normal" -- if you've been driving your car long enough, you know best what normal is.

  • Ask a friend to drive. Every two or three months, ask a friend to take you for a drive in your own car. Some problems appear or increase so gradually that you may not even notice them, but they'll stick out like a sore thumb to someone less familiar. And by riding along in the passenger's seat, you may spot something you missed while preoccupied with driving.

  • Fix everything as soon as it breaks. If you're going to keep your car as long as possible, you have to want to keep it as long as possible. Don't ignore seemingly unimportant problems like broken trim bits, torn upholstery, or electrical glitches. Little annoyances tend to add up and can begin to erode your love affair with your old car.

  • Use quality replacement parts. Whether or not to use genuine manufacturer parts is open to debate, but don't just opt for the least expensive parts you can find. Discuss options with your mechanic or parts store. If a non-wearing part is damaged, consider buying a used replacement -- you'll get manufacturer quality at a more affordable price.

  • Keep it clean. Paint does more than make your car look good; it protects the materials underneath. Wash your car regularly. When water no longer beads on the paint, wax it.

  • Fight rust. If you live where it snows, be sure to wash the car regularly -- but only if the temperature is above freezing. (Below freezing the salt stays in solution and won't harm the car.) Don't park in a heated garage; melting snow allows embedded salt to attack. Make sure your car wash does not recycle their water -- otherwise they're just spraying your car with salt from other people's vehicles.

  • Drive gently. There's no need to baby your car; in fact, a little foot-to-the-floor acceleration every once in a while is a good thing, but driving like a wannabe Michael Schumaker in his Formula 1 Ferrari isn't good for your car (or your nerves).

  • Gloat! If you enjoy the surprised looks people give you when you tell them your car has 150,000 miles on it, wait until you see their faces at 200,000. If people chide you about your old wheels, chide them about their car payments and higher insurance rates. Keeping your car as long as possible saves you hundreds of dollars per month; keeping it in good repair minimizes the environmental impact by ensuring that it runs cleanly and efficiently as possible. Feel free to gloat -- you and your car have earned it!
Check this out: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just released their first app called SaferCar.

Users can look up safety ratings on vehicles, find recalls and complaints about specific makes and models, and even file their own complaints. Smart.

Check this out: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just released their first app called SaferCar.     Users can look up safety ratings on vehicles, find recalls and complaints about specific makes and models, and even file their own complaints. Smart.  http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/NHTSA+Unveils+'SaferCar'+App+for+iPhones


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