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Yearly Archives: 2021

Ways to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

Ways to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

There are thieves everywhere… in terms of vehicle theft, there are many reports that happen every day. Most people assume vehicular theft will consist of windows being broken and items are stolen from inside. However, there are instances where a part of the car is taken as well. The catalytic converter is quickly becoming one of the most popular parts of a car that is stolen. It has increased dramatically just in the last year and is becoming an issue for many in the Berkeley area. This may be since it is easily accessible to thieves, and it's a part that will be profitable for them. The catalytic converter of your vehicle is what turns dangerous pollutants into harmless gases. It aids with the exhaust system and can be found near your engine's exhaust manifold. Usually, it's very easy for you to see the catalytic converter from underneath your vehicle. Knowing that catalytic converters are a part that thieves go for all the time, there are things that yo ... read more

Does Oil Go Bad Sitting in an Engine?

Does Oil Go Bad Sitting in an Engine?

How long can your motor oil stay in the engine before you have to change it? Well, the oil mostly comes with a five-year shelf life. All the same, if your oil container indicates a shelf-life less than five years, you should work with the printed dates. After the longevity period is over, it is most likely that the synthetic additives in the oil will no longer be efficient. As such, you should ensure that you properly dispose your oil after it has surpassed the dates printed on the container. Does Motor Oil Degrade Over Time? A short answer to this question is yes. Motor oil can only last for a certain period of time. That's why it comes with an expiry date. For this reason, oil goes bad with time just by sitting in the engine. Over time, it becomes less viscous thus less efficient in maintaining proper lubrication between moving components. Your motor oil might eventually break down depending on the oil type and the additives contained in the lubricant. Besides, there are water ... read more

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