Author: Z's Car Care

We know we need to take care of our cars, but it just seems hard to remember to do it.  We generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance, but just may have not applied it to our vehicles. For example, we water and mow the lawn every week.  And weed the flower beds and rake the leaves.   We go to the dentist twice a year, take our clothes to the dry cleaner.  Flu shots.  Taking the kids for a checkup before school starts. So, people really are maintenance minded.  They just have to learn to apply that mindset to cars.  I mean, if you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you’ll become painfully aware of your neglect when you get a big cavity.  Once the damage is done, we learn our lesson and start to take better care of things. Unfortunately, people too often learn the hard automotive lesson when they have...

You wouldn't walk into a different dentist's office every time you needed a tooth looked at.  You wouldn't pick out someone at random every time you needed your hair cut.  And on Tax Day?  You probably wouldn't trust your taxes to a stranger. There are some professionals for whom you feel your relationship is more than just client and customer.  They're almost like friends, and since you know them well after years of going to them, you know the quality of their work and that they have a track record of doing their best for you. You may not realize it, but the relationship with your automotive service professional should have that personal connection, too.  It may take some time to find the one place where the rapport just feels right.  But when you do, you know when you walk in the door, and your service advisor greets you with a smile, things are going to be...

An oil change:  Sounds simple, but there’s some important things to know about preventing oil sludge. Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly.  Literally – petroleum jelly.  Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely.  And that means expensive engine repairs. That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge.  Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how many miles you can go between oil changes.  They also usually have several months between recommended oil changes.  That’s because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time. Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember that it’s based on using the recommended weight of oil.  And if your vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the...