Ask the Oil Changes Expert – Jerry Lupul
This is my favourite time of the year. Opening up the windows of your home, changing furnace filters, washing windows, chasing down all the winters dust bunnies, cleaning all the winter grime out of the garage (if applicable), of yeah, this is supposed to be automotive related!
Your car is no different. Not only do you need to clean and maintain the inside of your car by vacuuming, cleaning windows and interiors, but also the areas of your car that are out of sight that need attention. If your car has a cabin or pollen filter it must be checked or replaced as needed, being checked every three months (hey, that’s an oil change interval!). All the air that comes into your passenger compartment, whether through the heater or air conditioning, has to come through this filter. If you have children or family members with allergies or asthma you will know how important it is to have fresh air inside your automobile.
One aspect of your cabin filter that very few people understand is that a dirty or plugged filter will limit the amount of air though your defroster and dash vents, but will also contribute to your blower motor burning out much sooner than necessary.
The harsh realities of our winter will show up in the condition of your oil. The cold starts, short trips, excessive idling, also need to be addressed with your spring cleaning. This is also true of the other fluids in your vehicle. The antifreeze, power steering fluid, brake fluid, differential fluid, transmission fluid, transaxle fluid, transfer case fluid, should all be checked or changed depending on the level of contamination or age of the fluid.
The Lubrication Stations is proud of our loyalty programs – six oil changes with us and the seventh is free (excluding taxes). Your completed card is entered in a draw for a trip for two anywhere in North America. The drawing is only between the completed cards of our two stores, not province-wide, not nation-wide, which make the odds oh so sweet.