Best Oil Change Method


Oil Changes Made Easy

The best reason to regularly change the engine oil and filter is to prolong engine life. Contaminants in engine oil come from a variety of sources. In a gasoline engine, the oil is contaminated primarily by combustion gases seeping past the piston rings. Minute airborne particles that escape past the air filter also contribute to oil contamination. As engine components wear, more gases will slip past the rings during the compression and power cycle.

Over the past decade, gasoline-refining technology has decreased combustion pollutants, helping to reduce engine oil contaminants. Additives increase the ability of the engine oil to maintain adequate lubrication quality even when contaminated. As technology advances, the time between oil changes is lengthened. As a result, perhaps oil changes will be necessary only a few times during the life of the engine. Until then, timely oil changes, maintaining the engine and changing the air filter will help prolong engine life.

Changing the oil and filter sounds easy. However, several tricks can simplify the task. Performing the job in a set sequence with the proper tools will not only make it easier, it will also reduce the likelihood of making a mess, or worse, a costly mistake. If the procedure can be performed quickly and easily, it can be an incentive to do it regularly. There are a few supplies needed for the procedure:

  • disposable gloves and paper towels
  • filter wrench
  • correct size socket or wrench
  • seal-tight oil drain pan

Car Wash Tips


Baking-soda car cleaner

Pour 1/4 cup baking soda into a gallon-sized jug, then add 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid and enough water to fill the jug almost to the top. Screw on the cap, shake well, and store the concentrate for later use. When it comes time to wash the car, shake the jug vigorously and then pour 1 cup of cleaner base into a 2-gallon water pail. Fill the pail with warm water, stir to mix, and your homemade cleaning solution is ready to use.

A surprising no-wax washer

Add 1 cup kerosene to a 3-gallon pail filled with water and then sponge the solution over your car. You won’t have to spray the car before washing or rinse or wax it once you’re done. And the next time it rains, rainwater will bead up and roll off the car, lessening the likelihood of rusting.

Car Wash Tricks


Why should I detail, and how often?

Detailing really is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting one’s car from the elements. Without regular cleaning, conditioning, and treatment, a car’s interior and exterior are prone to discoloration, marring, cracking, and peeling courtesy of UV damage, road debris, and every other manner of imaginable contaminant.

How often a car needs to be detailed is dependent primarily upon how often the vehicle is driven, the type of extreme driving conditions it sees (snow, hail, sandstorms, etc.), and if it spends long periods of time sitting in the sun.

Sergey recommends a weekly wash to keep pollen and dirt from embedding itself in the clear coat, and a monthly wash and wax to ensure the shell of the car remains covered with a shiny shield. Sealants and coatings, on the other hand, are a procedure that is best left to the pros, and should be attended to every one to two years depending on the kind of driving the car is used for.