Posts made in November 2018

Fast Facts about Motor Oil

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Did you ever wonder what motor oil was made from or where it comes from? If so, read on to find some fast facts about the motor oil we use in our cars, trucks, and SUVs. The majority of motor oils are made from a weighty, thick petroleum hydrocarbon base stock that comes from crude oil, and has been improved with additives.

The motor oil we use comes from several countries that produce petroleum and oil. You may not know that Canada is the biggest exporter of oil to the United States and supplies a large percent of the annual consumption. Saudi Arabia is the second biggest exporter of oil to the U.S. The following are some of the additional fast facts for information about motor oil:

  • Mechanical components like transmissions and brakes also use motor oils.
  • Synthetic engine oil protects your vehicle under extreme conditions. However, it does not substantially increase performance or efficiency.
  • Motor oils have different ratings and viscosity for different components.
  • The three types of motor oils are mineral/regular, Semi-synthetic, and Synthetic. Your vehicle manufacturer recommends the SAE international rating of your oil to match that of the vehicle.
  • The faster you drive, the more stress is induced on your vehicle components, so you may need to get your oil changed more often.
  • Dark motor oil does not indicate an oil change.
  • Consult with your mechanic about the ideal time for an oil change in Brevard, NC, at Jiffy Lube or refer to your car’s owner’s manual.
  • Make sure filters are replaced when you get an oil change.

 

Safety Items to Keep in Your Trunk, Part 2

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As we wrote in “Safety Items to Keep in Your Trunk, Part 1,” it pays to be prepared on the road.  You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that, while you may not ever use the safety items in your trunk, they are there to keep you comfortable in the event of an emergency. To continue our tips on the best safety items to travel with in your trunk, we suggest that you put together a kit that can sustain you for a few days. For example, your kit might contain a battery-powered radio, snacks with a long-term shelf life, a solar blanket, and several gallons of drinkable water. More safety items to keep in your trunk include the following:

Triangle and Flares:  If your vehicle breaks down you want to safety warn others on the road to keep a distance around you. Use reflective triangles and flares at night to provide a bright way to alert other drivers you have an emergency.

First Aid Kit: It’s easy to buy a ready-made kit with basic items such as Band-Aids, anti-bacterial creams, and gauze in the event of an injury on the road.

Flashlight:  If you break down at night, you definitely want to have a flashlight. You may also use it in daylight if you are looking into areas that have very little light available.  Keep fresh batteries around for extras in case you need them.

The team at Jiffy Lube of Hendersonville & Brevard wants to ensure all of our customers are as safe as possible on the road. Be sure to stop by for a quick lube in Hendersonville, NC, to ensure your vehicle is a well-maintained machine.