Top Five Car Maintenance Myths

Change oil in your car

Today’s blog theme is car maintenance myths. When we talk about myths, we’re not making reference to the characters who populate ancient Greek and Roman mythologies, like Apollo, Hercules and Medusa. In this context the word myth has evolved to simply mean “beliefs that are not true.”

How to Test Engine Compression

Compression Gauge

Engine compression = engine power. A simple equation even we non-engineers can understand. Compression refers to the pressure your engine generates inside the cylinders while it’s running. How much pressure the engine produces and how well it converts that pressure into usable work influence your engine’s efficiency and power. How it all works and how

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8 Overlooked Maintenance Services that Can Help Extend Vehicle Life

Fixing car

Despite the hassle and cost of unplanned maintenance, too many of us neglect our vehicles until something fails. These eight often overlooked services can not only help avoid expensive repairs, they can boost vehicle performance, too. Change Transmission Fluid Changing motor oil is the poster child for good vehicle maintenance, and for good reason. But

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A DIY Car Repair, or a Job for an Expert? Five Questions to Ask Before Doing It Yourself

Working Car

Guest post by retired ASE master technician Mark Gittelman. It happens to the best of us: We take on a car repair only to find out the hard way that it’s more involved, more time-consuming and more expensive than we thought.

Is an Engine Flush Good or Bad?

Cylinder Head After

To flush or not to flush. It’s a question whose answer is obvious in the bathroom, but vigorously debated in the garage. Let’s get right to the point. Is it safe to use an engine flush in an engine with high miles?

Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

Cold-weather oil performance Snowy Car Windshield

With winter around the corner, now is a good time to get your vehicle prepared for the worst. Being based in northern Wisconsin, we at AMSOIL talk a lot about how synthetic lubricants make life a little easier, as the cold air starts to pierce our engines and lungs. Wherever you may be, nasty road

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5 Ways to Boost Horsepower for Under $500

Boost horsepower in your car or truck

More power. It’s the rallying cry of gearheads across time and place, whether you secretly wish you were Brian O’Connor when passing cars in your Mitsubishi Eclipse or Cole Trickle when tossing your 1984 Camaro around town.

Low Transmission Fluid Symptoms

Automatic Transmission Fluid

We’re all familiar with the automakers’ longstanding best-in-class horsepower and towing-capacity wars. Each model year seems to feature a vehicle whose brute strength and towing capacity dwarf those of the outgoing models. Lately, automakers have found new turf over which to battle: the number of automatic transmission gears. No self-respecting automaker, it seems, will introduce

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How to Check Transmission Fluid (and What Type Do I Need)?

How to Check Transmission Fluid

It’s a good idea to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid about once a month to monitor fluid level and condition. Check the fluid immediately if the transmission jerks, hesitates or shifts hard. 1. Obtaining a correct reading on the dipstick requires the fluid to be warm and the engine to be running. To begin, park

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Routine Maintenance: Little Things Can Make A Big Difference

Man and his over heated car

“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.” ~ Barton Sutter In September 2007 an article by oil industry journalist George Gill of Lubes ‘N’ Greases caught my eye. The article’s title read, “Grease ‘Overdose’ Leads to Honda Recall.” The opening paragraph

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