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Oil’s Well that Ends Well

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It's no exaggeration to say that oil is the lifeblood of a car or truck's engine.


Motor oil lubricates and cools hundreds of precision moving parts to minimize friction and wear. It protects an engine from water and un-burnt fuel by sealing gaps in piston rings and seal rings and valleys in cylinder walls. It keeps dirt and contaminants from collecting to form sludge and by preventing corrosion from moisture and/or acids that may find their way into the system.

Additives like viscosity-index improvers are included to maintain a consistent oil-thickness at high and low temperatures, along with friction modifiers that make the oil as “slippery” as possible to help improve fuel economy.

Prudent motorists not only change their vehicles' oil regularly, but they also ensure this task is accomplished without adversely affecting the environment.

While some car owners take the “more is better” approach by having the oil changed every 3,000 (or fewer) miles, experts suggest this practice simply wastes resources, not to mention money.

“Frequent oil changes do not necessarily mean better performance or longer engine life,” says Caroll Mortensen, director of California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.

Improvement in lubricants and engine technology enable today's vehicles to go farther between changes than their predecessors. Follow the vehicle's recommended service schedule in this regard; many if not most motorists will fall into the “severe” use profile (short trips, driving in dusty regions, pulling a trailer, prolonged idling, and so on). On average, changing the oil and filter every 5,000 miles is a good compromise.

Switching to a synthetic oil can help a car run more efficiently under extreme conditions, and it can last up to three times longer between changes, which can save an estimated 15 to 24 quarts of oil per year.

Another alternative is a sustainable lubricant like Universal Lubricants' Eco Ultra, now offered at all Brakes Plus stores, which is essentially used oil that's been re-refined. Here, the old additives and impurities are removed to produce a base oil that's subsequently blended with fresh additives to meet or exceed automotive standards. Universal Lubricants says re-refining used oil requires up to 89 percent less energy and releases up to 65 percent fewer harmful emissions than refining from crude.

“We are proud to put our ‘stamp of approval' on Eco Ultra motor oil because this eco-friendly product fits with our company goal of protecting the environment, while providing quality products and world class customer service at a great price,” says John Koskovich, Brakes Plus' director of products, pricing and purchasing.

And because one gallon of improperly disposed motor oil can contaminate as much as one million gallons of ground water, eco-minded motorists should ensure spent oil – and used oil filters – are recycled responsibly, by taking their vehicles to a trusted facility like Brakes Plus.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, if all the oil from do-it-yourself oil changers in the U.S. were properly recycled, it would help create enough re-refined motor oil to keep more than 50 million cars a year running smoothly.

Looking to save some money on your next oil change service? Drop by the Brakes Plus website and download a coupon for $7 off an oil change. We'll give you a quick and easy oil change for a great price. You must present the coupon at time of service.

Family owned and operated, Brakes Plus operates 70 locations in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, Texas, Nebraska and Iowa, stands ready to provide you with great car service: brakes, maintenance, repairs and more.

This article was produced for and sponsored by BRAKES PLUS. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA.

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