Electric Valve

Several are coming out with an electric controlled valve, more so in the more expensive models but I see it as a future addition to many models. I can foresee many problems with this. They are in a toxic environment and subject to excessive heat. One bright side is we wont have the moisture problems we have with ethanol and moisture in fuel injectors.

To Many Oils

Many oil companies are making outrageous claims about there oil, that I disagree with. Change your oil once a year, if you only drive your vehicle on long trips and not to often it may work for you, but if you drive normally in and out of town, it will shorten the life of your engine. Semi synthetic, many are less then 5% synthetic, Cheap oils from any auto parts store, not worth the money and cheap oil is cheap oil. Oil for high mileage vehicles MAY be worth the extra $ but I am not quite convinced.
If your vehicle is new use a quality synthetic, I use Mobil 1, or used car use a high-quality oil. I use Mobil 1 in my pickup and my wife’s car and Mobil extended performance in my 2 older cars.
Changing to our from synthetic is not recommended, you may end up with leaks or problems from sludge that synthetic can break loose. Synthetic to a regular oil is OK but I see no reason except for cost.
Changing the viscosity of your oil in a high mileage engine IE from 5-30 which is recommended to a 10-30. I really don’t have a solid answer on this one as it depends upon the engine. Many have upper cam problems, due to close tolerances. Changing to a 5-30 in extremely cold weather is OK. I switch my pickup.

1966 Dodge Crew Cab, I knew they existed but had never seen one and I worked at a Dodge dealership for over 10 years and have driven Dodge pickups forever. Tis one looks as if it in precent decent shape. It needs some dog dish wheel covers, many are looking for these nowadays and I remember when we had dozens in a pile.

Well it is that time of year to give the old vehicle a check over before the snow flies

Remote locks, lube them all including the trunk and glove box.

Check that all locks are locking with the remote this is new but have learned that it is a larger problem then thought.

Tires check the tread and pressure also if you have locking lug nits or hub caps check where the wrench is.

Check your spare and tools to change a tire

Check your wiper blades, give then a wipe with a little alcohol hand sanitizer works great for this.

Check all the belts and hoses cracks in a serpentine is time for replacement any hard or swelling hose should also be replaced.

Check all fluids, antifreeze protection. Many different ways to check trans fluid and different fluids, check owner’s manual.

Check the lights including the license plate.

If you have leather treat it, including the dash and door panels, vacuum all the little crevices and a good hand wax.

Put a sign on you dash NO DISTRACTED DRIVING.


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