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Engine Oil Changes

Engine oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine, reducing wear and tear. It helps keep the engine cool by dispersing heat that arises from the friction of moving parts. It also keeps dirt and deposits away from the engine, absorbing dust and other particles, and coating the engines parts to prevent rust and corrosion. 

Engine oil has to be changed at intervals recommended by the manufacturer. The intervals also depend on your driving patterns. Constant stop-and-go driving and dusty conditions may require more frequent oil changes. Mineral oils are refined natural oils; synthetic oil is manufactured; and semi-synthetic oils are a blend of the two.

Petrol-Saving Tips

With increasing petrol prices, a little fuel saved goes a long way in terms of saving your money for the long run. The best ways to improve fuel economy cost you nothing and the easiest way to save on fuel costs is to change your driving habits.

Here Are Some Tips That Will Help You Save Fuel

Plan Your Route

Before you embark on your journey, plan your route properly to avoid needless travelling.

Travel Light

Clear out your boot. Do not carry unnecessary weight, as the engine will burn more fuel when the load is heavier.

Check The Tyre Pressure

Ensure that the tyres are correctly inflated. If they are soft, their rolling resistance will be greater and fuel consumption will increase.

Check For Proper Wheel Alignment

More power is required to overcome improper alignment, and this in turns wastes fuel.

Keep The Petrol Tank At Least Half Full

Evaporation occurs if you allow it to dwindle to near-empty.

Use Your Air-Conditioner Economically

Switch on the air conditioner only when necessary. Running the air-conditioner reduces mileage by between 5 and 10 per cent.

Walk To Nearby Destination

Avoid driving if your destination is within walking distance. Not only do you save on fuel, you'll get exercise too.

A Faulty Oxygen Sensor

Oxygen  sensors read the percentage of oxygen in the exhaust gases. This information helps the engine-control computer to regulate the mixture of air and fuel burnt in the engine to provide an optimal balance of power, economy and clean exhaust. If the faulty sensors are not replaced, your "check engine" warning light will come on, reminding you that there is a problem. You will also experience erratic idling and poor running. While your car may not quit running, your catalytic converter will be damaged as a result of incomplete combustion. And that is an expensive piece of equipment.

I Have Poured Too Much Engine Oil Onto My Car's Engine. What Will Happen To The Excess Oil?

If you have filled just over the `Full' mark, there should not be any adverse effect. However, if you have overfilled by about half a litre, you must drain out the excess oil. Otherwise, the oil will foam. If this happens, the lubricant will lose its efficiency, and the car will lose engine power. Go to a service station to drain the excess oil.

Be Careful Of That New Car

Even brand new cars can be dangerous. Australian scientists warned in 2001 that while many motorists may like the smell of a new car, that odour is actually indicative of high levels of toxins, which can make people ill. They can persist inside the car six months or more after leaving the showroom.

The toxins include benzene, which can cause cancer; acetone, which can irritate the nose, throat and lungs; ethylbenzene, which can affect the nervous system; and xylene isomers, which can affect a baby's development in the womb. "People who buy new cars should make sure there is plenty of outside air entering the vehicle while they drive, for at least six months," said the head of the research study, Dr Steve Brown.


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