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AAA: Synthetic Oil Outperforms the Cheap Stuff

AAA: Synthetic Oil Outperforms the Cheap Stuff

By Kelsey Mays on June 6, 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 outperf... Read More
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How I Can Tell What That Leak in My Driveway Is?

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

By Rick Popely on June 6, 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... Read More
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How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

By Rick Popely on June 2, 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, Hyu... Read More
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Is Oil for High-Mileage Engines Worth the Extra Cost?

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

By Rick Popely on May 8, 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 b... Read More
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Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

By Rick Popely on May 3, 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 ... Read More
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How Often Do I Need to Change My Brake Fluid?

How Often Do I Need to Change My Brake Fluid?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 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, Chev... Read More
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Do You Really Need to Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles?

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

By Rick Popely on October 1, 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 fa... Read More
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Do You Need To Change Your Car's Power-Steering Fluid?

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

By Rick Popely on October 1, 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 discr... Read More
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Help Your Car Beat the Summer Heat

Help Your Car Beat the Summer Heat

By on July 11, 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... Read More
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What Is the Honda Fit's B1 Service?

What Is the Honda Fit's B1 Service?

By Joe Bruzek on June 9, 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 ... Read More
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