What is the difference between conventional and synthetic motor oil?

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When you have gotten your vehicle’s oil changed in the past, you may have been asked if you would prefer conventional or synthetic motor oil. Majority of car owners are unsure on which type of oil is best suited for their vehicle. If this is you, don’t worry! We will break it down for you.

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The type of oil used for your vehicle depends on how old your vehicle is and how often it is driven. Conventional motor oil acts as a lubricant and comes specifically from crude oil. It has a mix of different chemicals that allow it to provide lubrication at high temperatures and maintaining it over long periods of time. Conventional motor oil meets the basic needs of most engines. It has a mix of various chemicals. This type of oil is ideal for the most common driving routines such as running errands, commuting to work, picking kids up from school, and vacation road trips set on cruise control.

Synthetic motor oil is best for newer vehicle models. This oil is made up of a blend that researchers created in a lab environment. It is composed of a variety of high-performance additives to protect your vehicle’s engine at a higher level. It primarily protects against heat build-up within the engine. Synthetic oil is also known for increasing engine durability and it rids of dirty deposits found in engines. However, not all synthetic oils are created equal. Some synthetic oil blends are made specifically to increase the performance and life of vehicles with higher mileage. Other synthetic oil blends are meant for high-performance engines in certain vehicles. Some blends are even capable of increasing your vehicle’s fuel mileage by using special, advanced lubricants. 

If you’re still unsure of what type of oil is best suited for your vehicle, do not hesitate to ask us here at American Oil Changers. We also bring our oil changing service to you! You can make an appointment online. It’s that easy!

 

 

The statements written above are only for reader’s informational purposes and should be verified individually.

The importance of changing your brake fluid

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Most people would agree that the brake system in your vehicle is very important, not only for your car to run properly, but also for your safety. Think about the amount of times you press on your car brakes whether it is to slow down before a red light or come to an abrupt stop to keep you from getting into an accident. One thing that makes your brake system run properly is brake fluid, also known as hydraulic fluid.

Brake fluid is vital for moving the different components of your vehicle’s braking system. Just like engine oil is crucial to keep a vehicle going, brake fluid is crucial to stopping a vehicle. Brake fluid gives the power created by the push on your brake pedal to each one of the brake rotors. This pressure is given to the tires and in turn slows or completely stops your vehicle. Brake fluid has to work under various pressures and temperature points. However, when moisture enters through other parts of the brake system, the temperature of the brake fluid fluctuates.

If your brake fluid goes too long under these conditions it will cause the components of your braking system to deteriorate. You want to stay clear from reaching this point of damage because rusted brake lines, calipers, master cylinders, and other components can cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs. Also without the proper amount of brake fluid, your brake system could fail completely. That is reason enough to have your vehicle’s brake fluid checked regularly!

Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out how often you need to get your brake fluid changed. If you’re still unsure when you should change it or suspect that something is off with your braking system, be sure to call us here at American Oil Changers for help!

 

 

 

The statements written above are only for reader’s informational purposes and should be verified individually.

 

 

Why do I need to get my tires rotated?

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Your vehicle needs to properly be taken care of to ensure it is in the best shape. There are different types of preventative maintenance routines that not only will keep your car in check, but also save you from spending more money on expensive repairs and replacements.

One of the most important preventative maintenance routines for your vehicle is tire rotation. Tire rotation means moving each tire from one wheel to another. The back tires get moved to the front, the left tires get moved to the right, or any other pattern that switches the tires’ current placement around.

The reason we need to rotate our tires is because it keeps them from wearing out unevenly. Tire wear is inevitable since they have constant contact with the ground. However, the wear won’t be the same on all four tires due to their placement. By rotating your tires, this gives each tire a different type of wear pattern over time. This helps prolong the life span of your tires and prevents you from having to purchase new tires too soon.

You can check your owner’s manual to know how often you need to rotate your tires. However, a general estimate is to rotate your tires about the same time you get your oil changed.

Thankfully, at American Oil Changers we can come to you to rotate your tires. Our tire rotation service includes rotating the tires, checking and filling tire air pressure, inspecting tire tread, and a free break inspection. Our “bring-it-to-me” service ensures your vehicle is working properly without you having to take out the time to drop it off and wait around.

Make an appointment with us to get your tires rotated today!

Do I really need to get my oil changed?

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We have all been told that we need to get our oil changed about every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. But why do we NEED to get it changed? Have you ever thought it’s waste of money? Do you really hate trying to find time in your busy schedule for an oil change? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one!

Yes, you need to get your oil changed regularly because it is vital for your vehicle. Imagine the human body without blood, that’s what a car is like without oil. It is essential in order for a vehicle to function properly. Oil keeps the engine working efficiently and allows the internal parts of the vehicle to work together without overheating. If you don’t get your oil changed, it won’t be as effective in lubricating the engine and absorbing heat. This can cause your vehicle to break down and create significant engine problems.

Some people don’t like paying to have their oil changed as frequently as they have to. However, an oil change is one of the least expensive auto maintenance services. If you don’t get it changed as often as you need to, this can lead to damages that will need expensive repairs.

Let’s be honest, the biggest issue most people have with oil changes is trying to find the time to get it done. That’s where we step in. American Oil Changers brings our oil changing service to you. You don’t have to take time out of your day to bring your car into a shop. There’s no need for you to sit around thinking about all of the other things you could be doing with your time. American Oil Changers takes pride in our ability to be flexible with our customer’s schedule. Whether you want us to come to your home or workplace, we can do it. Yes, it’s that simple!

Now that you know the importance of your vehicle needing an oil change make an appointment today!