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Years ago I purchased a 1959 Chevy Fleetside Pick up from Blackards Towing. I started to restore it about 10 years ago. Like most projects it has been set aside several times while I built other cars for customers. It has been my goal this year to get back on it. So here is the beginning. Here is the frame after being boxed and painted, and the cab after body work and paint.. Jaime Carrillo did the body and paint work. Looks sweet!!!!!
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Engine oil service, when and why.
30 years ago the standard oil change was done around 3000 miles. Today with the semi synthetic oils and the better base products used in the non synthetics we can now push that to 5000 miles or longer, depending on the type of oil and your driving habits.
What contaminates oil? If we understand this question we can make an informed decision on when to change our oil and not use an arbitrary number.
Fuel, dirt, and condensation are some of the main contaminates of engine oil. Lets look at each one;
1. Unburned fuel enters the crank case ( this is were your oil reserve is held) every time you start and shut off your engine.
2. If you drive down a dusty dirt road, or go off road a lot your engine will get dust particles inside even with a clean air filter.
3. If you live 2 minutes from work and don't allow your engine to warm up properly the condensation that builds up, the night before, will not have a chance to burn off.

You know better then anyone your driving habits. This information should give you the information you need to know when to change your oil.
So remember;
If you start and shut off your car frequently every day, take short trips ( less then 5 miles) and, or, constantly drive in dirty conditions you may want to change your oil more often.

Tomorrow I will give you tips about when to check your oil, costs and what to look for.

If I left something out you wanted to know message me and I will answer your question.

Tom Bender
Benders Automotive
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So, what does the "W" stand for?
Some of you may think it stands for weight, but actually it stands for winter. When looking at a multi-grade oil like 10w30 the 10w is the oils viscosity when cold and the 30 is when the oil is warm.

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Is it necessary to change brake fluid?

The simple answer is yes, but understanding why is more important.

I like to explain the braking system on a car as 2 separate systems, the mechanical side and the hydraulic side. The mechanical side include pads and rotors ( shoes and drums for older cars) that need to be replaced every 20 to 35 thousand miles. The hydraulic side includes the master cylind... See More

So, What is the big NO NO with brake fluid?
Do not get brake fluid on paint. If you spill brake fluid on your cars paint it will remove the paint in about 5 minutes. if you do spill brake fluid on your paint the best way to neutralize it is with water.
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