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Why your medium duty truck needs an oil change

In the world of medium duty trucks, where durability and reliability are essential, the heartbeat of your vehicle lies within its engine. One of the most critical and routine maintenance tasks to keep that engine ticking smoothly is changing the oil. Let's chat into why changing the engine oil in your medium duty truck is not just a recommended task but a vital practice to ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your vehicle. Engine oil is the unsung hero in the internal workings of your medium duty truck. It serves multiple functions, such as lubricating moving parts, reducing friction, cooling the engine, and carrying away contaminants. Over time, the oil becomes less effective, and changing it becomes crucial to maintain the engine's efficiency. 1. **Lubrication and Friction Reduction:**    The primary role of engine oil is to lubricate the various moving parts within the engine. This reduces friction between components, preventing wear and tear. Re ... read more

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Check Engine Light vs Maintenance Light - what are they?

Check Engine Light vs Maintenance Light - what are they?

Your check engine light is a picture of an engine and when it comes on there is a problem with your engine or your transmission. It can come on due to a misfire, engine failure, a sensor, and it also monitors your transmission and drivetrain.  The maintenance light typically says "service engine soon" it's usually your reminder for your oil change. On some vehicles it also monitors the life of your fuel filter and other components too.  Give us a call and let us take care of you and your automotive needs.  Happy Adventures, Heather

How often should I change my oil?

How often should I change my oil?

  Car manufacturers are extending oil change intervals to 7,500 miles or more, there is even a commercial on TV that says you only need to change your oil on an annual basis. There are a few problems with waiting so long to change your oil. One is oil consumption - these same manufactures that tell you only to change your oil every 7,500 miles don't tell you that you engine can consume/burn up to 1 quart of oil per 500 miles. Yes you read that correctly 500 miles. For some people that is one or two tanks of fuel. That means if your car holds 5 quarts of oil, that you will be out of oil before you get to 2,500 miles, unless you are checking your oil every time you get fuel; this could cause catastrophic failure to your engine. It would not be covered under your factory warranty - they expect you to check your oil to make sure it's at the proper level and if you're not then it is considered neglect. We still recommend that if your car uses regular oil then to change it ... read more

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