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|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by Chelseafan1: 7:18am On Apr 17|
Yeah, it was nice even tho the filter I got at the workshop was X2 the price I got it for during the last oil change and dt wasn't even the problem, I think I should have been allowed to see my old filter since I wasn't allowed to Inspect the oil change.
The lady, Seun was however very nice to talk to, and the Jamal guy who handled the oil change did well. I'm just hoping they changed the filter for real cos I never saw it and I paid 6k plus for it. 3500 for the servicing.
My verdict : I'll come back again and again for my oil change. I saw Mr. Glen too.
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by codemaster2much: 7:41am On Apr 17|
Guy you paid more for werin road side kazeem for help you do. Ordinary oil change you can't do yourself.
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 4:54pm On Apr 17|
You should have asked. You didn't watch the change through the glass?? They would have shown it to you. We have no problem with that otherwise glad you were satisfied. As far as price of filter, we are cheap for the quality we carry. You should be good for the next six months now.
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 4:55pm On Apr 17|
Would a road side kazeem have done a full diagnostic on his car as well and topped up all his fluids? If you know, you know.
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 5:03pm On Apr 17|
2008 Civic filter should be about N1,600. Your car only requires conventional oil not synthetic but synthetic is about N17,500
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by CityNGR: 5:37pm On Apr 17|
radautoworks:How much is a full diagnostics.... And will someone as enthusiastic as you be available there?
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 4:57am On May 12|
.He who has ears, let him hear..
Do I Have To Use the Manufacturer's Oil?
What You Need To Know About Factory-Branded Oils
Ten or 15 years ago, choosing the oil for your car was simple. All you needed to know was the viscosity — 5W-30, for example — and you could get a few bottles at the local auto parts store. But this simplicity is starting to go away.
General Motors' transition to a new oil specification for all its 2011 and newer vehicles is bringing new attention to the issue of manufacturer oil specifications. GM isn't the first to require such a specification, but its move signals a change in the car-maintenance landscape.
A manufacturer's oil specification is a unique blend that an automaker creates and mandates for use in its vehicles. GM's new oil product, Dexos, consolidates its five prior recommended oil specifications into two blends: Dexos1 for gasoline-powered vehicles and Dexos2 for diesels.
GM and other automakers warn that failure to use their factory-specified oils could void a car's warranty. These new oil specifications can also create confusion and cost issues for consumers who change the oil themselves or take their cars to local mechanics who may not be aware of the changes
Oil Has Changed
The oil inside a modern engine might look just like it did a decade ago, but it actually is far more advanced. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) have set the standards for oil for the past 60 years and have changed the specifications roughly every five years. Oil needs to change to meet increasing emissions regulations, offer better protection against sludge and improve fuel economy.
"There has been a significant increase in lubricant quality in the past 20 years," says Robert Sutherland, principal scientist for Pennzoil passenger-car engine lubricants. "But there has also been a significant increase in the stress that the engines put on the lubricant."
Sutherland says it's a game of leapfrog. As the hardware moves forward, the oil specifications must also change to handle the additional heat and properly lubricate the engine. He adds that the tolerances in a modern engine are closer and tighter, which means that the oil's ability to keep critical engine parts clean is more important than it used to be.
Automakers' Own Recipes
The API and ILSAC standards are the baseline, says Timothy Miranda, senior engineer for race oil and field testing for Castrol Lubricants, which manufactures oil for automakers such as Audi, BMW and Volkswagen. Automakers are free to improve upon the standards as long as they meet the minimum requirements.
"They may choose to have their own specifications because of a unique aspect of their engine design," Miranda says. For example, if a car is turbocharged, it might require synthetic oil rather than conventional oil.
This manufacturer standard is more common among the German automakers, thanks to more stringent European oil specifications, Miranda says. Rather than have numerous blends for different regions, each automaker created one specification for its vehicles. They have brought those standards to the U.S., as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen all have their own oil formulations.
According to Miranda, most American and Japanese automakers have tended to stick with the API guidelines. This means that they recommend any oil with the API "starburst" or "donut" symbol on its label.
GM distanced itself from the API guidelines with the introduction of Dexos. According to GM, the Dexos oil specification will decrease harmful piston deposits by up to 28 percent and improve fuel efficiency by up to 0.3 percent compared to the older ILSAC GF-4 specifications.
GM licenses the Dexos certification to motor oil manufacturers that can then choose to offer a full-synthetic variation, as long as it meets the requirements. Since Dexos-certified oil is compatible with older cars, the specification will also affect owners of pre-2011 GM vehicles who get their cars serviced at dealerships. Though Dexos isn't being mandated retroactively, chances are dealers will fill their bulk tanks with it to consolidate their oil inventory.
What This Means for the Consumer
More expensive maintenance: "The OEMs are looking for protection and the customer wants longevity," Miranda says. This protection comes at a cost. As manufacturer oil specifications become more common, the auto industry moves farther away from conventional oil and toward synthetic blends or fully synthetic oil. While these newer oils offer better protection and longer intervals between oil changes, they also have a higher price tag.
This price bump can be offset by the automakers who offer free maintenance programs. But when the coverage runs out, a customer who is not used to paying for a synthetic oil change could experience some sticker shock when faced with a $90 oil change.
Potential warranty problems: The language in some owner's manuals suggests that using an oil other than the one specified by the manufacturer will void the car's warranty. This is not the case, says Thom Smith, Valvoline's vice president of branded lubricant technology.
According to the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act, the onus would be on GM or another automaker to prove that a non-manufacturer oil damaged the engine. If dealers deny the warranty claim without first investigating it, they are in violation of the act, Smith says.
Consumers just need to make sure that any alternate oil they use is comparable in quality to the automaker's specified oil. Many oil manufacturers, including Valvoline, are so confident of their product that they offer their own warranty against engine damage that their products might be alleged to have caused.
If talk of voided warranties and engine damage makes you nervous, just use the manufacturer's specified oil for the duration of the warranty. Keep in mind that a vehicle's engine falls under the drivetrain warranty (also known as the powertrain warranty). In most cases, this is longer than the traditional bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Your local mechanic or quick-lube facility may not be aware of your car's specific oil requirements. You can still go to these places, but be sure to ask ahead of time what kind of oil they will use. Or bring your own oil to avoid any confusion.
Required manual reading: Not all cars require a manufacturer-specified oil. They do have a recommended viscosity, such as 0W-20, however. Check the owner's manual for any mention of a required brand or specification. If the manual doesn't name one, you can save money by buying oil at an auto parts store. Make sure it's the correct viscosity.
There are money-saving opportunities to be had even if your vehicle does call for a manufacturer-specified oil. For example, GM has a Web site that lists the approved Dexos oil manufacturers. Most of their products are available online or at auto parts stores and may cost less than at the dealership.
In some situations, the manufacturer-specified oil may not be in stores or it might cost more than you want to spend. Your vehicle's owner's manual will usually list the specifications for an equivalent oil that meets the automaker's standard. Does that mean it's just as good as a manufacturer-specified oil such as Dexos? There's controversy on this point.
Flack from the oil wars: Tom Read, a spokesperson for GM's powertrain technology group, warns that using an alternative oil might diminish performance.
"If a customer uses a non-licensed engine oil that is simply ILSAC GF-5 quality, they will not enjoy the benefits of using a Dexos-licensed product," Read says. Those benefits could include better low-temperature performance, cleaner pistons and better aeration performance, he says. "This could be especially important as the engine oil ages."
Read's case for Dexos sounds compelling, but Valvoline's Smith isn't buying it.
"Our SynPower 5W-20, 5W-30 and DuraBlend 5W-30 went through all the Dexos testing and passed all the requirements," Smith says. "But we felt that carrying the Dexos name was not providing the consumer with any value."
Rather than raise the price of its oil to offset the cost of licensing the Dexos name, Valvoline chose to forgo the license and keep the prices lower, he says.
Smith says that GM's engine-performance warnings are part of its goal to drive consumers to dealerships for their maintenance. "We feel that they are taking choice away from the consumer," he says.
Focus on the Oil Basics
Setting aside the claims and counter-claims of manufacturer-specified oil superiority, here's all you have to remember: As long as you follow the oil specifications shown in your owner's manual, you have nothing to worry about.
To read the original article go to http://www.edmunds.com/car-maintenance/do-i-have-to-use-the-manufacturers-oil.html
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by CityNGR: 7:55am On May 12|
Like I said earlier you need lessons in the Nigerian automobile industry. Meanwhile for any oil discussion Nairaland's reference person is sooperrescue
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 8:33pm On May 12|
The Nigerian automobile industry is doing great so I'll just be in the corner over there
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by dru23(m): 3:23pm On May 13|
Oga Madam how far wetin happen between you and CityNrg. He was one of early supporter, he even accuse me of fighting and liking nursing mother like you ... well hope it is well between the two of you... for him to be your strongest supporter to now questioning your expertise baffles me o .
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 3:26pm On May 13|
Lol. You don't know CityNGR. Nairaland is currently boring and it's his unofficial job to keep it spicy since you seem to have retired
And he's not questioning expertise. He's wondering why we don't endlessly quote him parts price lol.
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by CityNGR: 3:35pm On May 13|
radautoworks:Well well well, I am actively questioning your business model. Dru23 is right
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 3:41pm On May 13|
The one where I quote you N2,900 and you say someone else has it for N1,000 and I'm okay with you buying from them? Okay
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by CityNGR: 4:29pm On May 13|
radautoworks:Not someone but a firm that'll swallow your outfit ten times over
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by thebigkendo(m): 5:19pm On May 13|
Nah i disagree, we have a new "lagos based" jester who took over from Dru
The one on your thread is Ekiti based
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 6:11pm On May 13|
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by dicksonadams(m): 10:54pm On May 14|
The new generation is trained to use a computer to diagnose, remove and replace based on its recommendations. The old mechanic can tell you what's wrong with your car by listening to it for 10 seconds and smelling the oil.
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 9:10pm On Jun 18|
The more you know
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by dru23(m): 9:12pm On Jun 18|
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 1:13pm On Aug 29|
FREE BRAKE INSPECTIONS AND TROUBLE CODE READS IN SEPTEMBER (just mention Nairaland)
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 4:21pm On Aug 29|
WHY A VIN REPORT IS NOT ENOUGH
Because of all the car buying bruhaha on NL these last few days I decided to add to this thread.
VIN check is a very useful tool but does not mean you shouldn't do a proper pre-purchase inspection (PPI on NL). Why? Because a VIN REPORT is only as good as the sources reporting to it.
Unless an accident involved either the police or insurance, it is not going to be reported on a VIN check. So that person who hit someone and agreed to pay without calling the police? Accident never happened on VIN REPORT. Car that got flooded and the owner didn't have insurance? NEVER HAPPENED. Replaced motor and/or transmission? Not according to VIN REPORT So while the report is good, NEVER FORGET TO DO AN INSPECTION.
For more details,
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 2:16am On Aug 30|
FYI if you own one of the cars in the Toyota recall
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 6:18pm On Sep 05|
In case you were wondering
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 12:55am On Sep 15|
MY AC IS NOT COLD AND I JUST FILLED GAS
This is a very common complaint and most of the time or dear Kazeems will recommend a compressor. Fact is if you recently filled with gas and it's no longer cold you have a LEAK. If you're lucky, all you need is a can of Interdynamics refrigerant with stop leak and you are good to go. Interdynamics makes the best AC chemicals and this will fix almost all common leaks in hoses, gaskets and O rings.
Believe us, it's a LOT cheaper than a compressor.
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 11:40am On Oct 03|
It's been a while since I updated this so I decided to do one near and dear to our hearts here in Nigeria- the FUEL SYSTEM.
What is it?
The fuel system service will help keep your vehicle’s engine running at optimum performance. If one part of your fuel system is not functioning properly, your vehicle will not be Road Ready.
The Fuel System includes:
•One or more fuel pumps
What does it do?
The many components of the fuel system work together to transfer fuel to the engine. Fuel is moved first from the fuel tank through the filter to be cleaned. Once through the filter, it travels to the fuel injectors. The fuel injectors are commanded to release a measured amount of fuel into the engine. A properly working pressure regulator is also needed to control fuel pressure for the engine to operate properly under a variety of conditions.
A Fuel System Service can clean and unclog accumulated carbon deposits, varnish and other fuel residue from the fuel injection system and other components. This service also includes replacing your fuel filter. A clean filter will improve fuel flow from the fuel pump helping extend the life of the pump.
Typical Wear and Tear
One of the most common reasons for loss of fuel economy is a dirty fuel system. Residue, varnish and rust can restrict the fuel system. A restricted and dirty fuel system can cause other major problems in your vehicle such as engine malfunction, hard starts and poor performance. Attending to your vehicle’s fuel system with preventive maintenance can help prevent these failures:
•Fuel pump failure
•Damage to injectors
•Damage to the engine
•Damage to oxygen sensors
•Damage to catalytic converter
•No start or hard-starting vehicle
•Poor fuel economy
•Illuminated check engine light
•Failed emission test
•Poor per formance
•Foul odor from exhaust
Good •Replacement of the fuel filter
Better•Replacement of the fuel filter
• Fuel treatment added to fuel tank
Best •Replacement of the fuel filter
• Fuel treatment added to fuel tank
• Cleaning service provided for the throttle body, injectors and intake manifold
When to Service
When you notice that your car is having trouble starting, hesitates or per forms sluggishly, or is achieving poor mileage. We recommend this service every 15,000 miles or annually.
Benefits of Service
•Increases fuel economy
•Improve Engine Power and Longevity
•Reduces exhaust emissions
•Improves vehicle per formance
•Helps prevent rust and corrosion in the system
•Prolongs life of fuel system components
•Protects Your Catalyst System from failure like your catalytic convertor, O2 sensor and Mass Air Flow Sensor
|Re: Useful Car Information at Mr. Transmission/Milex, Carquest BLOG by radautoworks: 2:02pm On Oct 06|
THE GOOD/CHEAP/FAST TRIANGLE
As I scroll through NL, I see that a lot of issues people have are caused by not understanding the above concept. This concept holds true not just for car repair but pretty much everything. For the cliff notes, look below. For detail, click on the link.
FYI, Rad Auto doesn't do the first one. There are kazeems for that.
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