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At least it's not as complicated as the Bugatti Veyron...

At least it's not as complicated as the Bugatti Veyron...

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Proof that life isn’t all roses for Veyron owners

Proof that life isn't all roses for Veyron owners.

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But you knew that already, didn't you?

Consider paying a bit more for synthetic.

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This device lets you purify your oil at home.

It's supposed to save you money, and reduce oil use.

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Oil change service stations are, not surprisingly, opposed to the bill.

A California state bill would consider oil changes as repairs and put oil change shops under the same standards as dealers. The bill would force these shops to recommend that service intervals follow factory guidelines instead of a universal standard.

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There was a time, not so long ago, when the answer to this title could have been eight words long: ratchet, socket set, and an oil filter wrench.

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Oil changes: You may know that they are important for your car's overall health.

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Castrol thinks it can revolutionize oil changes with the Nexcel that puts everything in a single unit that people can switch out in just 90 seconds. It premieres on the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan and may hit the street in a few years, too.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Things to consider before beginning your cross-country journey

​There'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.

The Car Coach answers your questions about oil changes

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

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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