Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - July 2011


I hope everyone has been enjoying this great weather we’ve been getting lately. It took long enough to get here. The spring car care clinics have wrapped up but will continue in September and October so be sure to check for the fall schedule. Since this month’s topic is oil I thought I would share some stories with you from the spring clinics. At almost every shop I went to I would see one to two people who’s oil was barely touching the dipstick. Were you one of these people? If so, maybe you should go out and check your oil since now you know how to do it :) One lady was worried when her oil didn’t come all the way to the top of the dipstick and another told me a story of how her son was adding oil to the engine and added it until he could see it below the oil cap rather than checking the dipstick. At another clinic when I asked where the dipstick was on a engine one lady pointed to her friend :) This is why I love giving ladies car care clinics so much. I fully enjoy engaging with everyone, sharing my knowledge and empowering women. So let’s talk in a little more detail about the differences between synthetic oil and regular oil.

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This month's topic: Synthetic Oil versus Regular Oil

Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and taking care of it is the key to having your vehicle run for along time. Do you know what kind of oil you run in your engine? Is it synthetic or regular oil? How would you know? One way you would know is that it costs you more money when you go for an oil change and the other way is that is says so on your oil cap or your owners manual.

There are numerous advantages to running synthetic oil. Synthetic oil was first developed for the aircraft industry in jet engines. The reason for this was that the oil didn’t break down at extreme temperatures. Another advantage is that you can go longer between oil changes although this is very controversial. I always stick with double the time, double the distance. Synthetic oil also gives better protection to the engine parts especially when you first start your vehicle since that is when the most damage happens. If your vehicle is still under warranty I would suggest following the maintenance schedule outlined in your owners manual in order to not impact the warranty and keep records of it as well.

There are some engines that must have synthetic oil to be at their peak performance and efficiency. Porsches, Corvettes and BMW’s are a few that come to mind. Even if your vehicle doesn’t require synthetic oil, you can switch to synthetic oil. Be sure to let your shop know you’ve switched so they can put it in your file otherwise they may forget the next time you go for an oil change and put regular oil in. Another type of oil you may hear about when you go to Active Green and Ross for an oil change is “ High Mileage” oil. This is an oil that contains different additives to help in maintaining the life of your engine as it ages. The challenge with oil is that we can’t really see the differences so we don’t know if it is really doing anything. I once read somewhere that oil is like wine. We can’t see the differences in wine either but we can sure taste the difference!

Take care of your car and it will take care of you!



Synthetic oil was first introduced into the automotive industry in 1972 by AMSOIL.

This months photo:

Clean oil and dirty oil, Synthetic oil would look the same as regular oil.


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