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Tech 101: Why Does Motor Oil Need Additives?

Oil is the lifeblood of a car. It keeps the components healthy and makes sure the moving parts keep on moving. There is a lot more that goes into your oil than you might think, however. Depending on your purposes and how you use your car, you may want to consider a motor oil additive. These specially-formulated chemicals can help improve your engine’s performance and longevity without breaking the bank.

Modern oils are better than older oils, yes. But are they engineered with a specialty in mind? No – they are general lubricants for a wide range of operating conditions. If you want the best performance, or the longest wear protection in severe conditions, you need to look for a specialist. That’s where we come…

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Tips for Getting Your Boat’s Engine Ready For Summer

Believe it or not, we get customers hitting us up on Twitter and Facebook all the time with boat questions.

If you have a boat, you probably can’t wait for summer to roll around so you can get that thing out onto the water. But if you really want to enjoy your boat this summer, don’t just rush out there. If you take care of your boat now, it stands a much better chance of serving you well all summer long. Getting a boat ready for summer doesn’t have to turn into an expensive chore. If you have the initiative, there’s plenty you can do fairly easily to get your boat ready for summer. Here are some of the top boat upkeep tips…

How to Prevent Motor Oil Sludge

Obviously, motor oil is a blessing for engines. It keeps them lubricated and reduces friction on all the moving parts. But when it turns to sludge, it can wreak havoc on them instead.

When it appears, sludge causes your motor oil to do the opposite of what it’s meant for. Instead of lubricating the parts, they now rub together with added friction and resistance, raising the temperature and creating even more sludge. To avoid costly repairs or killing your engine outright, it’s vital that you know what causes oil sludge and how to prevent engine sludge from forming. We’ve dealt with customers whose engines have had major sludge problems, and it’s not pretty to say the least.
What Causes Engine Oil Sludge in Cars?
So what causes…

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How to Quiet Noisy Lifters

Are you having a problem with hydraulic lifter noise in your vehicle? If you are not a car enthusiast, you may have this problem and not even be aware of it. Others may know there’s a problem, but want to learn how to quiet the noisy lifters. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with car lifter noise. Here’s what you need to know about the different ways to quiet noisy lifters.

What Are Car Lifters?
A car lifter refers to your car’s hydraulic valve lifter. It’s a small cylinder attached to your car’s hydraulic valve by a rod called a rocker arm. The system works well, except when it doesn’t. A phenomenon can occur called lifter tick, where the lifter itself makes an irritating ticking or…

Motor Oil Viscosity: Why It Matters

If you have ever looked at a bottle of motor oil, you have noticed a difference in oil weights. Perhaps a bottle says 10W 30 or 5W 20. What do these numbers mean and why do they matter? These oil “weights” are not weights at all, but a measure of the motor oil viscosity.

If you are the type of person that has their oil changed by a mechanic, you don’t have to worry about finding the right oil viscosity. The mechanic can look up the correct viscosity and will not even need to consult with you, although they may wish to know what type (conventional vs. blend vs. synthetic) of oil you wish him to put in your car.

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