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What does the SAE Viscosity rating on your Motoroil bottle mean?

What do the viscosity numbers really mean on a bottle of motor oil? Viscosity is the oil's resistance to flow or, for the layman, an oil's speed of flow as measured through a device known as a viscometer. The thicker (higher viscosity) of oil, the slower it will flow. You will see oil viscosity measurement in lube articles stated in kinematic (kv) and absolute (cSt) terms. These are translated into the easier to understand SAE viscosity numbers you see on an oil bottle. A W on a viscosity rating means that the oil’s viscosity has been tested at a Colder temperature. The numbers without the W are tested at 210° F or 100° C which is considered an approximation of engine operating temperature. In other words, a SAE 30 motor oil is the same viscosity as a 10w-30 or 5W-30 at 210° (100° C). The difference occurs when the viscosity is tested at a much colder temperature. For example, 5W-30 motor oil performs like a SAE 5 motor oil would perform at the cold te ... read more

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When to Change Your Car Air Filter?

When to Change Your Car Air Filter?

When Should I change my car airfilter? A car’s air filter serves two purposes. The first function is to filter out dirt, debris and other contaminants that can enter an engine and potentially cause damage. An air filter's other primary function is to allow adequate air to flow into the engine; a car's engine requires air for the internal combustion process which produces the power needed to move the vehicle. Most types of automotive air filters are designed to be easily replaced and should be changed out periodically to help maintain a vehicle and keep it in top running condition. Most car manufacturers suggest that the air filter in a vehicle be changed every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. However, for people that live in areas where a lot of dust is present or where they must frequently travel on dirt or gravel roads, a vehicle's air filter will need to be replaced more often. We can answer any questions you may have regarding your car's air filter and any other car ... read more

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What does Check Oil Light Really mean?

What does Check Oil Light Really mean?

If this light turns on while driving you should pull over and turn the car off. Check the oil level and add oil if necessary. An oil pressure warning light (or low gauge reading) means one of two things: either your engine has dangerously low oil pressure or the oil pressure sending unit that triggers the warning light has failed

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