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Motor Oil Matters Oil Change Checklist

Motor Oil Matters Oil Change Checklist

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I grew up with a Dad who did most of his own work on the cars and when I got to driving age, some dinner table conversations revolved around Dad tips.

“Don’t ever drive with the car registering hot.”

“Check your tire pressure especially before a trip.”

“Keep your gas above half, so the old crummy gas isn’t dragged through your engine,”

 “Learn what kind of oil your car needs and how to read the dipstick.”

“Don’t go into shady auto places.”

Yes, those are just a few of my Dad’s tips. Haha! I love that guy. I always did use each bit of information sometime as I grew up.

I like knowing how to take care of my car. I want to be an educated consumer and I don’t want to have to trust someone who may be taking advantage of me and my money when I get auto work done.

Even with changing the oil. A cheaper “deal” may be more expensive, because you may not be getting quality motor oil and the type needed for your car. All Motor oil is NOT the same or equal. Your auto manual will list what type oil you should use.

This new MOM program tells you much of what you should know when you get an oil change.

MOM, a new consumer education and industry watchdog program by the American Petroleum Institute, was founded to stress the benefits of quality licensed motor oils and call onto the carpet those who engage in deceptive practices.

This Summer alone, I have gone on several driving trips by myself with the kids and I am always relieved when I pull into my destination with no troubles. Of course, doing routine maintenance helps ensure fewer surprises! In fact, AAA expects between the major summer holidays of Memorial Day and Labor Day to aid over eight million motorists, and cautions drivers that auto maintenance is key to avoiding summertime travel breakdowns.

The experts at Motor Oil Matters (MOM) want to offer you a $50 gift card toward your next oil change! (US residents only)

 

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What questions should you ask at your next oil change? MOM has provided this checklist. Take a look and even print it out to take with you on your next oil change. An empowered consumer is a SMART consumer.

Here are a few links that you may find helpful:

Motor Oil Matters website, Facebook Page and Twitter.

“The Motor Oil Matters information and a gift card for me for an oil change and a gift card for a reader has been provided by Motor Oil Matters.”

mom_shadowGIVEAWAY CLOSED Start saving by winning my $35 Jiffy Lube Card Giveaway!!

I know a lot of my readers try to save money by getting freebies and clipping coupons…in all kinds of ways. Taking care of my car in order to save money is something I rarely think about. When I was single I did pay more attention to my car! My husband likes to take care of me, taking care of the auto stuff…and I have no problem letting him. But, I’m just saying… the fact is, my husband may not be around when I have to make car decisions…or he may be busy…and, hey, I went to college—I should know how to take care of an important investment. My car.

So save money—and be safe by paying attention to some simple car maintenance tips. And, I  also want to say, I bet many of you already do this, so enjoy the giveaway and excuse my car laziness.

To enter to win, check out the web site www.MotorOilMatters.org. You can find out how quality motor oils can help prolong your engine´s life and improve overall efficiency. Play  “M.O.M. Knows Best” where you can put your motor mind to the test with an interactive quiz!

I also was able to interview Jody DeVere. Jody is the President of the Women’s Automotive Association International and CEO of the auto-advice site AskPatty.com. Here’s her take on some common car questions:

1. How and how often do you check your oil?

Follow the service interval schedule recommended by the manufacturer to the letter of the law! Understand what products are being put into your vehicle, the life blood of your car is your motor oil so service with a high quality motor oil like Pennzoil or Quaker State.

2. What can happen if you put the wrong fluid/don’t change the oil enough

Changing your oil to meet your vehicles specification is the key to the survival of your vehicle. Using high-quality motor oil is also vital to protecting your investment. If major engine damage occurs from the use of motor oil that does not meet the manufacturers specifications, rebuilding or replacing an engine can cost between $1,500 to $3000, or more.

3. How do you know which oil is best for your car?

Your owner’s manual is a great place to start. Know that motor oil is a high-tech product that performs a critical role within the engine; its quality matters. MotorOilMatters.org has a feature which can be found here: http://ew5.earlweb.com/search.php?site=52 which helps you chose the best oil for your car and driving habits.

5. What is the number one thing you tell women about car maintenance?

Knowledge is power, so the more we know as women, the better we position ourselves to make informed decisions as opposed to being given random direction. There are great resources to become more car savvy:  AskPatty.com, CarCare.org and MotorOilMatters.org.

Thanks, Patty!

I have to admit, I gave my gift card to my son. But, I actually felt empowered, having a useful gift for him that would keep him safe!

So, the $35 Jiffy Lube gift card giveaway! *This should cover most of the cost, if not all, of a conventional oil change at most Jiffy Lube locations.

Mandatory Entry:

Tell me what you scored on the M.O.M. Knows Best game…OR, tell me a funny story about a car problem that happened to you. (For example, I learned when I was 17 not to drive a car hot…because my engine was totaled when I did!)

Additional Entries: (please leave a separate comment entry for each thing you do)

I will chose a random winner on June 15. The winner will be notified by email. (So please leave me a way to contact you in your entries!)

This information and giveaway have all been provided by Shell Lubricants and Jiffy Lube through MyBlogSpark. I have given my unbiased opinion on this information.