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Tip of the Week

The sticker on your carís windshield serves as a constant reminder that every car eventually has to be taken to get its oil changed. Go too long and a bright red indicator light will also start demanding attention. If youíre ever tempted to ask if all of those oil changes are really necessary, consider the important work oil performs for your engine.

- Keep your motor running: Motor oil lubricates and cools the moving parts in your carís engine. Without clean oil, your engineís metal-on-metal components can grind against each other, causing extensive wear. Not having clean oil and the proper amount of oil can have serious consequences.

- Take time for a change: Extended oil change intervals are the No. 1 cause of sludge and varnish build-up. Motor oil degrades over time due to heat, pressure and contamination. Check the ownerís manual for the manufacturerís recommended oil change interval for your vehicle.

- Inspect for potential problems: Those who like to do the job themselves should always pop open the hood and inspect the car for fluid levels and leakage, cracked or frayed belts and bulging hoses. Next, inspect for broken or worn parts that canít be seen from above. For protection from other issues that canít be seen, add an oil change system cleaner a day before changing the oil.

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Did You Know

Autodata recently reported that auto sales fell 3.1 percent in January from the year before. Harsh weather across the U.S. was blamed on the decline.

DIY: Cabin air filters

Does your vehicle have a cabin air filter? The simple sad fact is that most drivers really donít even know. Over 50 percent of vehicles produced since 2000 have cabin air filters to help reduce pollutants that can be accumulated inside of your automobileís evaporator or heater box. This filter is not the cheapest item in the parts store, but fortunately it only needs to be replaced about every six months. At least once a week I replace a cabin air filter that looks like a lint trap from a clothes dryer, only to hear the customer reply they didnít know their car had one of those. Check your ownerís manual. You might be surprised to learn that you could be breathing cleaner air inside of your ride. - S.M. Darby/BestRide.com

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