Lots of “quick oil change” joints like Jiffy Lube have pits in their floors so they can work on your car without lifting it. That’s all well and good until they actually do need to use the lift, and somebody royally screws it up.
To find out what happens when you forget to change your oil, I sent a 12,000 mile oil sample to a laboratory. The results are not good, and should serve as ammunition to convince your stubborn friend or family member that no, it’s not “going to be fine for another few months.”
Before we go into this sad tale of dumbshittery and insipid laziness, I want to make one thing clear: the owner of the Audi is not at fault here. Choosing to go to a lube shop for an oil change does not make you a monster. But monsters do lurk at lube shops, and some of them are idiots.
The 2015 Corvette Zo6 is a tire shredding, exotic-slaying monster on the track and the street, but it’s had a few issues out of the gate. Some owners have reported serious engine issues and one journalist experienced complete engine failure during a test. To prevent damage, Chevrolet is telling owners to change their…
Synthetic costs more, but has many advantages over conventional oil. Not every car needs it, however, so here are some guidelines to help you determine if it’s best for your vehicle.
Aside from changing a flat tire and checking the oil, there's no more basic automotive skill than changing your oil. Sure, it's easier — and sometimes almost as cheap — to swing by Jiffy Lube to have your car's black gold freshened up, but that's not the point.
Technology, along with laziness and market research, is killing the oil dipstick. Is this important? Should you care? Will we miss it when it's gone? Yes, yes, and an emphatic yes. Here's why.
The Nobel Commission and President Obama received plenty of guff over this year's Nobel Peace Prize. One Dallas-area service shop decided to have some fun with it, offering one free Nobel Peace Prize with each oil change.
Know the recommended service intervals in your car handbook? This pulled pork BBQ-like sludge is what happens when you don't follow them. More mistreated BMW 328Ci schadenfreude below.
What better way to reintroduce the modern motorist to the joys of vehicular self-maintenance than with well-endowed women with fake French accents showing how to change the oil on a Citroën SM? NSFW
A wealthy Arab, possibly a Sheik, sent his Lamborghini LP640 a whopping 6,500 miles from an airport in Qatar to Heathrow to have the car's oil changed. The total cost of the shipment was around $40,000, which doesn't even include the $7,000 for the oil change itself.
Okay, the Pontiac Grand Am may not have been the greatest car in the world. It may not have even been of palatable quality when it came out, but that's no reason to drive it into your local oil jockey's pit. This video may be as old as the internet, but occasionally we like to replay the classics, you know, for the…
From the always have a fire extinguisher around department comes this Subaru mill being sacrificed to the oil change gods. We're not sure if this is an educational video showing why not to run an engine with no oil in the crankcase, or was produced solely for entertainment purposes. Either way the Subaru engine…