Why Does Motor Oil Turn Black?

How to change your oil

What causes black motor oil? And when your oil darkens does it mean it’s time to change it? Well, there are a couple of factors that can cause the former. Let’s dig in. Factors causing black motor oil Heat cycles naturally darken motor oil During your drive to work in the morning, your engine reaches

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Should I Switch to a Lighter Viscosity Oil in Winter?

thermometer in winter

Motorists sometimes ask if they should use a lighter viscosity of motor oil once winter arrives. Yes – provided your vehicle manufacturer allows it. 



What’s the Minimum I Should Drive My Car? And Other Winter Car Storage Tips

The roads are home to all kinds of vehicles. Daily drivers that clock thousands of miles each year. Seasonal vehicles that only clock hundreds. And then there are some whose odometers move only when being loaded or unloaded from a trailer. In any instance, winter vehicle storage is sometimes inevitable.



Why is there Sludge/Slime in my Radiator?

Radiator corrosion

Cooling-system issues account for nearly 40 percent of engine failures. Clearly, it pays to take care of your vehicle’s cooling system.



How Oil Consumption Affects Your Turbo Diesel’s Exhaust System

Diesel Truck - differences between gas and diesel engines

Ever wonder why engines have that long wiry thing with the small plastic handle? A.K.A. the dipstick? “Come on, Mark, it’s for measuring proper engine oil volume,” you say.



Introducing the Three Newest AMSOIL Products

AMSOIL is well-known for its products that protect the internal parts of an engine. But you may not know about our products that protect the outside of your vehicles and equipment, too.



Why do European Cars Require Special Oil?

BMW

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.



Top 5 Mods for Your Turbo Subaru

subaru wrx sti logo grille red

So you’re now a part of the worldwide Subaru Community. You wave to other WRX and turbocharged Subaru owners on the road. And you can’t wait to start modifying your car.



8 Car Maintenance To-Dos at 200,000 Miles

old vw beetle maintenance

The average car on the road in the U.S. is 11 years old, and the average owner puts on 13,500 miles per year. If you’re one of these frugal folks – congratulations. 



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.