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Why do European Cars Require Special Oil?

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For all the grin-inducing benefits of owning a European car – finely tuned performance, sophisticated styling, prestige – they can be a pain. According to this list, four of the top five most expensive vehicles to maintain hail from across the pond.



How Does Synthetic Motor Oil Increase Fuel Economy?

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Increasing fuel economy remains a top priority for most automakers. Corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) requirements may be in flux, but gas prices continue to inch upward.



What’s the Difference Between Motorcycle, Dirt Bike and ATV Oil?

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Most people who ask have an underlying question they really mean to ask: Can I use the same motor oil in my motorcycle, dirt bike and ATV/UTV?



A Beginner’s Guide to Motor Oil: What You Need to Know

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If you awoke this morning asking yourself, “Gee, I wonder what there is to know about motor oil,” you’re in luck. Here, we present a primer on motor oil fundamentals.



Transmission Flush vs Fluid Change: Which is Better?

It depends on what you want to accomplish. But, first of all, check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle manufacturer recommends one instead of the other.



Should I Warm Up My Motorcycle Before Riding?

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As soon as you crawl out of bed tomorrow morning, try this experiment: run outside and sprint down the street. Aside from embarrassment over your jammies (or lack thereof), how do you suppose you’ll feel?



What are CAFÉ Standards?

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As expected, the EPA recently announced its decision to relax the Obama-era corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards that had set 54.5 mpg as the target automakers were supposed to meet by 2025.



Why Does My Car’s Engine Burn Oil?

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The simple answer: It’s probably wearing out. Over time, the piston rings have likely become worn or stuck in their grooves, preventing them from sealing tightly against the cylinder wall.



Solving the Challenges of Flat-Tappet Cams in Classic Car Engines

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One of the big concerns among classic car owners in recent years has been the abundance of flat-tappet camshaft failures many attribute to the reduction of zinc and phosphorus in today’s oil formulations.



What to Know When Choosing Shock Oil

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  A shock oil’s number-one task is to deliver consistency. Consistent dampening despite temperature changes. Consistent rebound despite different terrain. Consistent performance so you can ride or drive confidently.