June 28th, 2016
Summer means road trips -- is your car ready?
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May 26th, 2016
At one time, there were only a couple of choices for motor oil. Today, that is no longer the case, and hasn't been for quite some time. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to consider when it's time for an oil change:
- Viscosity: Viscosity is how thick your oil is, and how it retains its pour properties at various temperatures. In this respect, synthetic oil is far superior. Conventional oils will thicken in cold weather and thin out when very hot, while the viscosity of synthetic is much more uniform. Check your owner's manual -- many newer models require a thinner, lower-viscosity oil, which also helps the engine run more efficiently. Viscosity is expressed as a numerical value -- the lower the number, the thinner the oil. Many are designed to work a ...[more]
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February 1st, 2016
Guys can be tough enough to buy for as it is. If your guy is a car guy, though, it actually might be a little easier to pick out some gift ideas to make him smile on Valentine’s Day
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January 4th, 2016
The beginning of January means that there’s a solid couple of months of winter left…so consider some New Year’s resolutions for your car.
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December 3rd, 2015
The good news is that highway miles are the best kind of miles you can put on a vehicle. Running for hours at a constant speed and steady state is much less stressful on a vehicle than stop-and-start driving around town. With the right maintenance and care, your vehicle should be ready to go for many comfortable, dependable highway miles this holiday season!
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November 5th, 2015
At Don Owen Tire in Bloomington, IL, we do a lot of oil changes…and we mean, a LOT of oil changes.
Sometimes we see customers who are about to head out on a long road trip of several thousand miles, and they wonder if it’s best to have an oil change performed before or after the trip.
The answer to that is…that there’s no firm answer. It depends on a few different factors.
- How many miles does the current motor oil have on it? How does it look on the dipstick? Highway miles are much, much easier on a vehicle. All the engine has to do is maintain a steady speed and steady RPM range, even if it’s a higher speed. That’s much less stress on the engine, transmission and driv ...[more]
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