We recommend changing your oil every 3,000 miles to eliminate excess wear on your vehicle.We perform regular maintenance on your vehicle every time you have a service need. This may include a comprehensive maintenance inspection at the time of service if needed
How do you drive? Remember, we’re talking your everyday driving. Lots of short trips and stop & go driving?
Pennzoil® Motor Oils with PureBase® are robust motor oils to withstand the kind of contaminants created in your engine when traffic (or habit) makes you drive like that.
Check your odometer – got over 75,000 miles?
Try Pennzoil® Higher Mileage Vehicle™ Motor Oil
that is specially formulated for engines with over 75,000 miles.
Maybe you haul heavy loads for your job,
or just pack lots of gear for the kids’ soccer team?
Pennzoil® SUV, Truck and Minivan Motor Oils are your best bet –they combine the strength of traditional Pennzoil® motor oils, with boost of Pennzoil® Synthetic to help provide protection against the stress of heavier loads.
Do you drive in extreme conditions or just want to have the ultimate protection no matter what kind of driving you face?
You’ve got to go with Pennzoil Platinum™ Full Synthetic Oils,
The advanced technology, synthetic motor oils. They are carefully balanced additive/base oil formula that give maximum engine protection under extreme driving conditions.
Do you race?
Use specially formulated Pennzoil® Racing Motor Oils designed to provide maximum protection for competition engines.
Your vehicle is a complex system requiring regular care and maintenance. Pennzoil® provides a comprehensive range of products to help protect and keep your car or truck.
Engine Cooling System
Engine overheating causes serious engine damage. In order to avoid the engine overheating: Check the coolant level periodically. It should be at least at the "min" mark in the coolant reservoir. If it's lower, add the coolant bringing the level to the "max" mark.Flush out the cooling system every 2 years 20,000 miles,or 5 years 50,000 miles if you have extended life antifreeze.
Never open the radiator or the coolant overflow reservoir when engine is hot!
If you discover a coolant leak, have it fixed as soon as possible - it may cause engine overheating. If you note that the engine temperature starts rising higher than normal, have your engine inspected before it will cause serious problems. Check the front of the radiator - sometimes it may be obstructed with leaves or dust. It's one of the possible reasons for the overheating. Look at the image below. This Buick' radiator is clogged. Try to avoid using front end covers - they cause restrictions to the air flow through the radiator
The automatic transmission is one of the most complicated and thus one of the less reliable parts of the vehicle. The repair of an automatic transmission is complex and tends to be quite expensive . More than that, automatic transmission problem can make your car unsafe - some transmission defects may cause, for example, that the car can roll with the shifter in Park or drive forward with shifter in Neutral. On the other hand, if taking a good care of, your transmission can last you really long with no significant problems.Make sure you flush out the transmission fluid every 30,000 miles and change the filter.
Timing belt is a toothed belt that connects the engine crankshaft to the camshaft or camshafts as you can see in the picture above. The timing belt needed to synchronize the camshaft to the crankshaft position, so the valves will open and close at the proper time in the relation to the position of the pistons. The camshaft rotates at exactly 1/2 speed of the crankshaft; meaning two revolutions of the crankshaft are equal to one revolution of the camshaft. Not all cars have a timing belt. Some of them use a chain or gears instead. Mostly, you can find the timing belt in small and medium size domestic and import passenger cars. For example, 1993 - 1997 Toyota Corolla, 1998 - 2001 Honda Accord, 1997 - 2001 Honda CR-V, 2001 - 2004 Volkswagen Passat - they all have a timing belt. The timing belt must be replaced at a specified by the manufacturer interval. This interval may vary from 60,000 miles to 105,000 miles In addition, the timing belt must be replaced if it has any damage like cracks (see the picture below), cuts or excessive wear. If not replaced in time, it may break possibly causing serious engine damage. When a timing belt breaks, the camshaft stops turning leaving some of the valves in the open position. The crankshaft, because it's heavier, continues to rotate by inertia. In an interference engine, this will cause the pistons to strike the valves that left open. This may result in broken or bent valves, damaged pistons, and possibly, destroyed cylinder head. The damage will be less extensive in a non-interference engine but in either case, the engine will stall, leaving you stranded.
Spark plugs are good indicators of engine condition. Removing and inspecting spark plugs tell you a lot about how well the engine is running and what may be causing problems.
All spark plugs should be removed and checked every 30,000 miles - even if your car is "low maintenance" - you're told to change spark plugs at 100,000 miles. This prevents the plugs from seizing in the block, causing expensive repairs down the road.
Always note which plug came from which cylinder. This tells you if a particular cylinder has a problem. BEWARE: New spark plugs can make a difference in your car's performance but only if replaced with the appropriate OE replacement plug.
Distributor Cap & Rotor:
Both the distributor cap and the rotor are usually plastic and, thus, deteriorate with age and use. Cracks may develop, allowing moisture in. The metal contacts on both can then corrode, causing misfiring. These parts should be replaced at recommended intervals or if showing any excessive wear.
Spark Plug Wire Sets:
Spark plug wires have become less of a problem than before. New materials and sizing have reduced failures. Electronic ignitions have increased operating ranges.
Now these should be tested for proper resistance before replacement. They are no longer replaced routinely with the cap, rotor and plugs.
Oxygen Sensor (O2 Sensor):
Your oxygen sensor(s) should be replaced at the recommended intervals. A worn oxygen sensor drastically changes engine settings.
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Many major systems depend on manifold vacuum for signals and function. All vacuum hoses should be checked and replaced as needed. Even a slight leak can cause major problems with performance; in some cases, the car won't even run if there's a vacuum leak.