Regular, Synthetic or Blend...What Kind of Oil Do I Need?

May 26th, 2016

At one time, there were only a couple of choices for motor oil. Today, that is no longer the case, and hasn't been for quite some time. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to consider when it's time for an oil change:

  • Viscosity: Viscosity is how thick your oil is, and how it retains its pour properties at various temperatures. In this respect, synthetic oil is far superior. Conventional oils will thicken in cold weather and thin out when very hot, while the viscosity of synthetic is much more uniform. Check your owner's manual -- many newer models require a thinner, lower-viscosity oil, which also helps the engine run more efficiently. Viscosity is expressed as a numerical value -- the lower the number, the thinner the oil. Many are designed to work a ...[more]
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Lifting Your Vehicle? Lowering Your Vehicle? Here Are Some Things To Remember

May 19th, 2016

People with 4 x 4 pickup trucks love to lift them a few extra inches, for ground clearance and bigger tires and wheels. Drivers of sporty sedans and coupes, on Lift Kits in Abbottstown PAthe other hand, often find that they can get better handling with lower ride height. If you're considering either modification, though, here are some things to remember: 

Lifted Vehicles

-- Bigger wheels and tires come with their own unique issues. A taller wheel will throw off speedometer readings, making the speedo read slower, and can even throw off transmission shift points. Taller wheels also effectively raise your rear end's gear ratio, giving you poorer acceleration and less low-end grunt. Finally, the added weight of bigger wheels and tires means more rotating mass and unsprung weight, which affects bra ...[more]

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The Latest in Green Tech Innovations for Tires

May 12th, 2016

When it comes to your car, oil isn't the only thing there's a finite supply of. Rubber has its limits too, and it's estimated by 2020, the supply of natural rubber in the world may be outstripped by demand. And of course, tires require a great deal of oil to produce as well. Tire manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to innovate and conserve resources in tire production. Here are some recent advances:

  • Dandelions: Yes, those humble yellow flowers you try to eliminate from your yard. Dandelions actually contain a minute amount of latex in their milky oil, and research shows they can actually produce about as much latex, pound-for-pound, as rubber plants. German scientists have cultivated 1-foot-tall dandelions for just this purpose. This isn't a new development, either -- in WWII, Amer ...[more]
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