Oil and Fluids

AAA: Synthetic Oil Outperforms the Cheap Stuff

By Kelsey Mays on Tue Jun 06 10:16:05 GMT-06:00 2017


CARS.COM — Synthetic oil may lighten your wallet during an oil change, but a new study by AAA finds significant benefits under the hood. In an independent evaluation, synthetic oil outperformed its conventional counterpart by almost 50 percent, the agency… Read More

AAA: Synthetic Oil Outperforms the Cheap Stuff

By Kelsey Mays on Tue Jun 06 10:16:05 GMT-06:00 2017

CARS.COM — Synthetic oil may lighten your wallet during an oil change, but a new study by AAA finds significant benefits under the hood. In an independent evaluation, synthetic oil outperformed its conventional counterpart by almost 50 percent, the agency… Read More

How I Can Tell What That Leak in My Driveway Is?

By Rick Popely on Tue Jun 06 09:34:30 GMT-06:00 2017

CARS.COM — Whether you spot a puddle under your car or just a few drops, there are several possible culprits, and color alone might not explain what it is. How can you figure it out? To be sure, you’ll need… Read More

How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

By Rick Popely on Fri Jun 02 10:00:46 GMT-06:00 2017

CARS.COM — For some vehicles, you're advised to change the coolant every 30,000 miles. For others, changing the coolant isn't even on the maintenance schedule. For example, Hyundai says the coolant (what many refer to as "antifreeze") in most of… Read More

Is Oil for High-Mileage Engines Worth the Extra Cost?

By Rick Popely on Mon May 08 09:00:44 GMT-06:00 2017

CARS.COM — Most major oil brands market oil made specifically for engines that have more than 75,000 miles of wear, claiming that additives help reduce engine wear and provide anti-aging benefits. They are often a blend of synthetic and petroleum-based… Read More

Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

By Rick Popely on Wed May 03 10:20:00 GMT-06:00 2017

CARS.COM — Yes, though how often this service should be performed varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it's open to debate. The manufacturer's maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn't call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some… Read More

How Often Do I Need to Change My Brake Fluid?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 15:45:09 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — The recommended intervals for changing brake fluid are all over the board depending on the manufacturer, from as often as every two years to never. Really. For example, Chevrolet says to change the brake fluid on most models… Read More

Do You Really Need to Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 00:30:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — No, you don't, according to every auto manufacturer we've talked to. The main advocates of the 3,000-mile oil change schedule are those who would profit by it: repair facilities, quick-lube chains and service departments at some new-car dealers.… Read More

Do You Need To Change Your Car's Power-Steering Fluid?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 00:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Replacing power-steering fluid generally is not listed among the regular maintenance items that should be performed, so on most vehicles replacing it is at the owner's discretion. Related: More Service Advice When you take your car in for… Read More

Help Your Car Beat the Summer Heat

By Kaitlin Schuler on Mon Jul 11 08:25:24 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Temperatures this June hit higher than average on all but three days in parts of the U.S., according to the National Weather Service and The Weather Channel, and this pattern is expected to continue throughout the summer. How… Read More

What Is the Honda Fit's B1 Service?

By Joe Bruzek on Thu Jun 09 05:30:05 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — The B1 service indicator popped up on our 2015 Honda Fit at around 14,000 miles, signifying it was time for the Fit's second oil change following the A1 oil change at 6,800 miles. The Fit's maintenance minder system… Read More