Super Slick at Bells Mill AutoCare in Chesapeake: Synthetic Oil
Posted on October 20,15 by truck2
When you get an oil change, it’s always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the automobile manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we’re asked if we’d like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for Chesapeake car owners.
Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil is either more highly refined petroleum or completely man-made. Its molecules are more uniform. This provides critical advantages over conventional motor oil.
First of all, the molecular structure of synthetic motor oil makes it more slippery than conventional oil so it lubricates better. This translates to better wear protection for Chesapeake motorists, cooler operating temperatures, more engine power and increased gas mileage.
Further, synthetic oil is more heat-resistant than conventional oil, and it doesn’t vaporize as easily. It provides better protection for severe conditions like stop-and-go driving around Chesapeake and very hot or freezing VA temperatures.
Also, synthetic oil doesn’t generate harmful oil sludge like conventional oil. This prevents small engine passageways from becoming clogged, which can significantly extend the working life of your pickup engine.
Manufacturers are aware of the advantages of synthetic oil, and many of them are using it to fill their pickups before delivering them to be sold. Many automobile manufacturer’s owner’s manuals now come with the recommendation to use only synthetic oil. Because synthetic oil wears better and protects better than conventional motor oil, it can be changed less often. If your pickup came with a recommendation for synthetic oil, you may have noticed that the recommended period between oil changes is longer than what you’re used to. However, if you switch to conventional oil, you need to be aware that you can’t follow this longer service interval. You’ll have to change your oil more often.
On the other hand, if you are using conventional oil and you switch to synthetic oil, you may be able to lengthen the time between oil changes. You can talk to your considerate Bells Mill AutoCare service professional. He can offer you good auto advice about oils and service intervals based on your driving habits and requirements.
Oil changes are the hallmark of vital preventive maintenance at Bells Mill AutoCare. All Chesapeake auto owners need them. So we should get excited about a product that reduces how often we need them. Synthetic oil is more costly, yes, but it can pay for itself by lasting longer than conventional oil. And when you add in the hidden savings of an extended engine life and improved fuel economy, not to mention increased engine power, there’s a good chance that synthetic oil actually saves in the long run. All Chesapeake auto owners pay for car care. But understanding what we’re paying for can make us more savvy shoppers.
Bells Mill AutoCare Guide To Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle
Posted on May 01,15 by truck2
Today’s Bells Mill AutoCare post focuses on using the proper fluids for your vehicle. Significant advancements in automotive technology have lead to the development of high-tech fluids to keep modern cars operating at peak performance. This is due to both engineering advances and new high-tech materials used to build pickup automotive systems.
A simple example of this is the cooling system. For decades it was primarily made out of iron, steel and rubber hoses. There was one kind of coolant that protected these components from corrosion.
Now cooling system components are made with various metal alloys and plastics. These materials require different additives to protect them from corrosion. Since the materials used vary among pickup car makers, we now have a number of different kinds of coolant.
It’s essential for Suffolk car owners to use the right coolant. If you pour in the wrong kind, it won’t protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Check your pickup owner’s manual. Of course, your Bells Mill AutoCare automotive advisor will know the proper coolant for your vehicle.
Brake fluid is confusing for some Suffolk drivers. Back when we opened Bells Mill AutoCare 5 years ago, most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some Chesapeake people mistakenly think the higher numbers are an upgrade. You know, if 3 is good then 4 must be better. That’s not how it works. They are different formulations to meet the demands of differences in brake systems. Only one of them is designed for your pickup.
Ditto for transmission fluid. For decades there were two basic types of tranny fluid used at Bells Mill AutoCare: friction modified or not. With the tremendous engineering advances in pickup automatic transmissions, there have been several new types of fluids developed to protect and lubricate them.
Nowhere are the advances in automotive fluids more evident to Suffolk motorists and Bells Mill AutoCare professionals than in motor oil. Many new weights and formulations have been created to meet the demands of today’s high-tech pickup engine design. Modern engines have more parts and much tighter tolerances. Every year, engines make more power and (thankfully!) get better gas mileage. And along with all the complexity and sophistication, they still have to be durable.
That’s where the new grades of engine oil come in. They have to be formulated to lubricate, protect and clean all of those pickup engine parts, big and little. The oil has to be thin enough to get into little passages, yet resistant to vaporization.
At Bells Mill AutoCare in Chesapeake, we believe that in some ways modern automotive fluids are just as impressive as the new engines. Because weights of oil and types of coolant and transmission fluid are so carefully matched to the vehicle, make sure you always use the proper fluid if you are topping off at home. Check your pickup owner’s manual or ask your Suffolk service technician. The wrong fluid can cause damage to your pickup engine. If you drive a car or truck around VA with 75,000 miles or more, consider high mileage formulations. These fluids contain extra detergent to clean dirtier older engines as well as additives to condition seals and gaskets. That’ll help prevent leaks. Always be sure that the high mileage fluid is the same weight or type of fluid recommended for your pickup.
The Bells Mill AutoCare Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle
Posted on March 12,14 by truck2
The automotive professionals at Bells Mill AutoCare would like to give Chesapeake drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, cars are becoming more sophisticated everyday – and fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.
The Chesapeake do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their pickup with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many VA car owners rely on the advice of their considerate Bells Mill AutoCare service professional to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their car and their driving habits in the Chesapeake area.
Let’s start with engine oil. Suffolk car owners who have been paying attention, will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the VA scene in the last several years. Modern engines are built to much tighter tolerances and have very complicated valve trains. The oil must be thin enough to lubricate complicated parts when the engine is cold. The weight of an oil is expressed in terms like 20-W-50 or 5-W-30. The car makers recommend the weight of oil for each vehicle they make. The recommendation is based on engine design. Your Chesapeake service center will know what weight your vehicle manufacturer recommends – and it’s important to follow those recommendations. Your tech at Bells Mill AutoCare can also offer suggestions for special formulations and can tell you all about conventional and synthetic oils. Antifreeze, or engine coolant, is another area that has become more complicated. For a long time, manufacturers only recommended a couple of different types of coolant. Now, several different formulations are needed because of the high-tech materials that auto makers are using to build the cooling system. Using the wrong type of coolant in your pickup or other vehicle can actually void your warranty, so it’s vital to get that right.
Transmission fluid is becoming specialized for Chesapeake vehicles as well. New transmission designs have particular requirements that require specific formulations. Recently, new, somewhat confusing, standards for brake fluid have also been released.
Not too long ago, there was a good chance that all of the vehicles at your Chesapeake house would use many of the same fluids. However, as automotive technology advances, the array of basic automotive fluids VA drivers need will grow. And, some of the formulations will cost a little more for Chesapeake car owners. Fortunately, Bells Mill AutoCare will continue to update their training to keep pace with technology so that you’ll get the right fluids your car needs. It’s all part of the commitment we make to your driving peace of mind.
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