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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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Does Motor Oil Quality Matter?

You have plenty of choices when it comes to the type of motor oil you use in your car. Given that some are considerably more expensive than others, it’s easy to wonder, “Does engine oil quality matter?”

Well, if your engine is the heart of your car, the motor oil is the blood, we can all agree that your engine’s lifeblood matters. Engine oil quality is no different. It absolutely makes a difference, and if you want your car to perform and last, it’s important you know why.

Why Is Quality Motor Oil Important?

Motor oil quality matters for several reasons. One of the big ones is higher quality motor oil can save…

Zinc (ZDDP) and Motor Oil: How Zinc Affects Your Engine

Is there zinc in your motor oil? Is there enough or too much? When looking for oil or oil additive products to add to your engine, you may wonder where zinc comes in. Here is what you need to know about zinc and motor oil.

How Do You Choose Oil for Your Car?

Before considering the issue of zinc in your motor oil, it’s important you choose the right type of motor oil, to begin with. While your mechanic or owner’s manual can tell you the correct viscosity for your particular car and engine, this doesn’t answer which type of motor oil you should choose. There are four options for you to choose from:

High Mileage Car Maintenance Tips

The not-so secret when it comes to cars is that if you want to get the most out of them, you need to make sure you maintain them properly. High mileage cars require more maintenance to keep them on the road. The good news is you probably have no car payment. The think you need to watch out for is keeping your car maintained so you can enjoy it for a long time.

The average age of a car on the road today is over 11 years, and today’s cars can hit 200,000 or even 300,000 miles if properly maintained. If you want your high mileage car to keep performing for you, here is a high mileage car maintenance checklist that…

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