Consider for a moment what’s required of your motor oil. It has to provide a film of lubrication between metal parts, so that they can freely move against each other without friction, overheating or damage. It has to trap the carbon byproducts of combustion and suspend them so they can be trapped by the paper element in your oil filter. It has to neutralize the acids that are produced during the combustion process. It also has to reduce heat in parts of the engine that aren’t surrounded by a water jacket for cooling. It can’t get too thick in the winter, which would make it hard to circulate on a cold day, but it can’t thin out too much in the summer either. That’s a lot to ask of one substance!
Older motor oils didn’t include additives like detergents and other modifiers that ...[more]
- There’s always the possibility that something could go wrong. You could get in a hurry or get distracted and possibly not replace the drain plug tightly enough. You could not screw the spin-on filter tightly enough, causing it to loosen up and drain out your oil within a few miles, seizing the engine. You could cross-thread the filter or (worse) the drain plug, causing yourself a real headache. Or you could put the filter on too tightly, deforming the gasket and causing a leak. You could not notice that a chunk of the old filter's gasket is stuck to the block, making it impossi ...[more]
At Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Lafayette, LA, we sell a lot of tires and see a lot of customers. Your tires are a big investment, and are critical to your car’s safety and performance. Unfortunately for a lot of people, tires don’t even get a lot of thought until something goes wrong and they’re stuck by the side of the road with a flat (or worse).
At Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we’ve had a lot of experience with regular maintenance like oil changes. We sometimes hear customers asking why regular oil changes are so important, so we’d like to explain that briefly and clear up any questions.
Your car represents a big investment on your part, and one of the easiest and most certain ways to get the most out of your investment is with regular oil changes. The internal moving parts of your car’s engine run on extremely close tolerances, and motor oil lubricates those parts and reduces friction. That thin coating of oil around moving parts will break down over time, however -- heat, contamination from combustion by-products and microscopic metal shavings will make motor oil lose its effectiveness. The paper eleme ...[more]
At Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we sell a lot of tires...and we know that when you start off with a brand-new set of tires, it’s easy to forget about them for months at a time. Tires wear very gradually, and it can be hard to know when it’s time to consider a new set of tires for your vehicle. Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA values you, the customer, and is always happy to share tips and information, so here are some specific things to look for, though:
- Wear Bars-- All new tires are designed with “wear bars” at the base of the tread; the wear bars are perpendicular to the tread grooves. Wear bars are designed to show when the tread wears down past a certain depth. If you can see these wear bars easily ...[more]
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