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32The List Shorts #0530: Change your own oil

Having your oil changed falls under Car Maintenance 101, but doing it yourself has been a rite of passage for generations of auto enthusiasts. Patrick McIntyre of The List heads to Avus Autosport in Glendale, CA for some tips on how to properly swap the synthetic on an older model BMW.

256Don't Fall For These Auto Repair Tricks

Don't waste money by succumbing to these five upsells

Many of us rely on our cars for some of the most important day-to-day tasks. If something goes wrong, it can be a very scary and stressful experience. Some -- not all, of course -- unscrupulous mechanics prey on that fear in order to make unnecessary repairs that drivers don't need. Watch out for these five unnecessary repairs and upsells the next time you take your car in for service.

227Don't Buy This Stuff From Your Car Dealer

Common auto parts can be found for much cheaper at stores or online

Some replacement parts can be found much cheaper from your local warehouse store or auto parts outlet. These are five items that you can buy aftermarket without sacrificing quality or reliability.

34Five Reasons To Change Your Own Oil

You don't have to be an expert to do it yourself

Cars can be complex machines, but even if you can't tell a transmission from a tailpipe, you should be more than capable of changing your own oil.

486Instead Of Oil Change, Walmart Crashed A Customer's Car

Walmart to provide rental car after calls from media

Walmart proves once again it's not wise to get have car maintenance done in the same place you buy flip-flops.

AddAOL Autos Road Trip: Four Thousand Miles In A Nissan Pathfinder

Things to consider before beginning your cross-country journey

‚ÄčThere's something about a road trip that invariably gets me excited. Maybe it's the cultural remains of Manifest Destiny or my own sense of adventure, but each year I, like millions of other Americans, pack my vehicle to the brim with enough supplies to survive a mild nuclear winter and head off across the continent.

7National Car Care Month: Use Correct Oil, But 3K Mile Change is A Waste

The Car Coach answers your questions about oil changes

Hardly any vehicles on the road require oil changes every 3,000 miles.

65GM warning 800,000 owners that their cars may need oil changes more frequently than they say

The days of changing your engine oil every 3,000 miles are long gone thanks to most cars having automatic oil monitoring systems, but about 800,000 General Motors vehicles apparently have incorrect monitoring software that is leading to premature engine component wear. According to Autoweek, certain 2010-2012 Buick LaCrosse, Regal, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain models equipped with 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines could be going too long in between oil changes resulting in a higher-than-norma

29Nearly two years later, we get our hands on Lubricheck's "blood tester"

In May of 2011, we ran a story about a small company seeking backers for an innovative do-it-yourself device engineered to measure the level of contaminants in a vehicle's motor oil. Armed with the knowledge, consumers could extend oil change intervals, save money and help the environment. Things apparently went well for the startup, as its Lubricheck hit the market this year and it wasn't long before a sample landed in our hands.

194Top Ten Worst Things You Can Do To Your Car

Don't put off your car's routine maintenance

Getting an oil change is a pain, whether you do it yourself or have it done professionally. You have to take time out of your day, pay for it and, if you're at a lube shop, endure a stream of questions and accusations that make you feel like a worse car owner than Tommy Callahan.

2The Car Coach: Premium Gas Required For Premium Cars

Never neglect the engine's lifeblood either

This week the Car Coach Lauren Fix answers questions about how to keep your car running at peak performance.

37California launches campaign against 3,000-mile oil changes

If you ask the typical driver how often they should change their oil, the answer would likely be about 3,000 miles. But thanks to advances in engine and oil technology, the 3,000-mile barrier is just a number. Many vehicles can travel 7,500 miles or more between oil changes, but still a large number of drivers head to the nearest oil change facility for their 3,000-mile fix.

151California launches campaign against 3,000-mile oil changes

If you ask the typical driver how often they should change their oil, the answer would likely be about 3,000 miles. But thanks to advances in engine and oil technology, the 3,000-mile barrier is just a number. Many vehicles can travel 7,500 miles or more between oil changes, but still a large number of drivers head to the nearest oil change facility for their 3,000-mile fix.

57Auto repair shop Valdez moment captured on security camera

There are some days at work that are rougher than others, and we all have them. Thankfully for most of us, those days and moments aren't typically captured by video camera. For one worker at an auto repair shop, however, that wasn't the case. He got to experience a new low recently, which involved a routine task, an awkward moment and giggling coworkers.

472Quick-Lube Primer: Stop! Don't Go For Your Next Oil Change Before Reading This

Some services are unnecessary, or better left to dealers and more sophisticated repair shops

Have you ever gone to a quick-lube place for an oil change and, while you're waiting in the lobby for your car, the service bay/sales person informs you that a certain service(s) "must" be performed on the vehicle immediately to avert a disaster of immense proportion?

AddSave Your Money: The 3,000 Mile Oil Change is the Dinosaur of Auto Repair

The 3,000-mile oil change has gone the way of the dinosaur. What do I base this statement on given my staunch support of the 3,000-mile oil change for so many years? Today oils and lubricants are so much better compared to several years ago. Under normal driving conditions, viscosity breakdown (viscosity is the oil's ability to flow and lubricate) usually occurred at about 3,000 miles. The elements that cause deterioration of oil are heat, friction, chemical contamination, and oxidation. In rece

36Chevy Volt's oil change interval maxes out at two years

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

203Changing Your Engine Oil Depends On Your Driving: Normal Or Severe?

Part One Of Our Hard Drivin Series

Have you ever tried to actually read your owner’s manual, especially the part about maintenance and service? As if this kind of stuff isn’t confusing enough, there are always two schedules listed, one for a vehicle driven under “normal” conditions and another for “severe.” But what exactly does this mean? I have yet to see an automaker that actually explains, in

91All hail the cartridge filter! 2011 Chevrolet Cruze makes changing oil a breeze

Anyone that's ever done their own oil changes is familiar with the joys (or, ya know, not) of trying to access and then remove the filters on their engines. If you do manage to get it loose, there is the inevitable mess of oil dripping down your arm as you spin the filter off.

86DIY Garage: Oil Basics

When the time comes to change your vehicle's oil, walk into any major store and you'll find dozens of brands. How do you know which to choose? AOL Autos has teamed up with AutoZone to bring you a series of DIY car maintenance tips and tricks, straight from our garage to yours. The DIY Garage video series covers common questions like how to change your own oil, or what the source of that pesky..

AddWhat Type of Oil Should You Put In Your Car?

You Don't Need To Change Your Oil Type In The Winter

Dear Tom, I just bought a 2009 KIA Optima. The owner’s manual says I should use 5W20 oil in the engine. My dad used to fix cars and he said that this oil is too thin and that I should use “Straight 30 weight” in the winter and the 5W20 in the summer. Is he right? Sandy from Salt Lake City, UTSandy Gently tell your dad to stifle himself. Use the 5W20 oil in your KIA. The carmaker

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