What Happens To Your Old Motor Oil?

January 21st, 2016
If you ever changed your own oil, you know it’s pretty nasty stuff. Ever wonder what happens to it once it's drained from your crankcase?
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Why Is Quality Motor Oil So Important?

August 8th, 2015

Oil Changes in Lafayette, LAConsider 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]

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5 Reasons to Never Change Your Own Oil

July 2nd, 2015
Oil Changes in Baton Rouge, LASo you’ve been changing your oil all this time…how hard can it be, right? Well, here are some things to consider before you do your next oil change: 
  1. 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]
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Help: My Car Won’t Start!

June 18th, 2015
Battery Repair in Lafayette, LAFew things are more frustrating than turning your ignition key and hearing the anemic “click…click…click” that means you’re not going anywhere…or worse yet, hearing nothing at all. There are a few reasons that might be happening (and chances are it won’t involve major auto repair). Like with any good diagnostic process, we’ll start with the simplest causes and work our way from there: 
 
Key Won’t Turn At All – This one’s pretty simple. Since the 70s, cars have featured an ignition lock that makes it impossible to steer the vehicle if a thief hot-wires it. Try turning the wheel a couple of degrees in either direction ...[more]
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How to Avoid Breaking the Bank with Brake Repair

February 27th, 2015

brake repair in lafayette and baton rouge, laComparable to most auto repairs- complications with vehicle brakes are notably less complex when addressed before becoming a major issue. However, many drivers are not familiar with their brake systems, thus when signs of damage appear they are unrecognized. Consult the certified technicians of Chabill's Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA and Lafayette, LA to assist you in becoming more knowledgeable about brake repair detection signs and what steps to take when brakes wear down.

Recognizable indicators of necessary brake repair often begins with familiar noises of unpleasant grinding, squealing and rubbing. Dismissing unnatural noises is detrimental to the lifeline of any vehicle as vehicle disrepair is already in the works. Chabill's Tire & Auto Service unders ...[more]

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