- 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 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]
Back in the 70s or 80s, you were lucky to get 130,000 miles out of a car before it went to the scrapyard. Today, at Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Lafayette, LA, we often see cars with 200,000 miles or more and still going strong. That’s due to improved machining and build quality, but even with all those changes and improvements in automotive technology, though, one thing hasn’t changed. Just like 40 or 50 years ago, the easiest way to ensure you’ll get the most out of your car is to get your oil and filter changed at regular intervals, and that’s something ...[more]