Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Synthetic Oil Change - How To Change Your Oil In 15 Steps

How to change your oil with synthetic oil. Changing your oil is probably the most important maintenance item for the longevity of your car. It needs to be done regularly at mileage or time intervals (whichever comes first) to keep your car running properly (check your individual owners manual for service intervals). Though it can be done in shops cheaply, by doing it yourself you can ensure you use a quality oil and a quality oil filter, and that it's done right. Follow these 15 steps to change your oil, which I'll be doing on my 1999 Acura Integra using Pennzoil Platinum synthetic motor oil. This video is brought to you by Pennzoil, all opinions are completely my own. #DIYOilChange

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15 Step Procedure To Change Your Oil 

1. If the car has run recently, the oil will drain faster since it is warm. Be careful not to touch anything hot. 

2. Put the car up on jack stands (I have a separate video explaining how to do this I will link in the video description). Make sure the vehicle is stable, do this on flat ground. Be sure to place chocks behind the rear wheels.

3. Locate the drain plug on the oil pan. Check the owners manual if you’re not sure where this is. Place a drain tub underneath the drain plug. Unscrew the drain plug. Allow the oil to drain into the pan. Be careful as the oil will be hot. 

4. Once oil has stopped draining, remove the oil filter. Unscrew it slightly at first to allow oil to drain out (this may require a special tool depending on how tight it is, you can rent these at your local auto parts shop). 

5. After oil has stopped draining from the loosened filter, you can remove it. Dump the excess oil in the filer into the pan. 

6. Use a small amount of oil and rub it on the oil gasket of the new filter. Also ensure the rubber gasket from the old oil filter is not stuck to the car.

7. Screw the new oil filter on. After the rubber seal seats, tighten the oil filter 7/8th of a clockwise turn per the service manual. You can also use a torque of 16 lb-ft per the service manual. 

8. Screw down the drain bolt, making sure to replace the (14 mm) crush washer located between the pan and the bolt. For an Integra, torque to 33 lb-ft per service manual. 

9. Clean any oil that may remain on the car off from the drain plug or oil filter. Oil could drip on the exhaust and burn off. 

10. Pull the drain tub out from under the car, and lower the car back down.

11. Unscrew the oil fill cap, and add the recommended quantity and type (4.0 quarts of 5W-30; ~3.8L) into the engine. 

12. Screw the oil cap back on. 

13. Run the car for a few minutes, then shut it off. Check underneath the car for any oil leaks, and address as needed. 

14. Be sure to check the oil fill level (using the dipstick) after you’ve run the engine. This will ensure the oil filter is full and you’ve filled the oil to the correct level. Add oil if needed. 

15. Dispose of the oil properly. Many auto parts stores or shops will take it and recycle it. Some cities may allow for you to place the oil in a jug at the curb for recycling. This goes for the oil filter as well. 


Saturday, August 22, 2015

2015 Chrysler 300 - Review & Test Drive

The 2015 Chrysler 300C is a full size sedan with a 3.6L V6 producing 292 HP matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It features a quiet roomy interior for both front and rear passengers. Also included is a remote start system, push button start, heated and vented seats, and an acoustic windshield. 

Options Included:
- Light Group: auto leveling and adaptive bi-xenon HID lamps
- SafetyTec 1: power multi-function mirrors, park sense parking assist system, blind spot and cross path detection, mirror turn signals & courtesy lamps
- 20 Inch Polished Aluminum Wheels

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300C Base Price: $38,070
MSRP As Tested: $42,650


Friday, August 21, 2015

Automatic Convertible Stingray - Worth it?

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 features a 6.2L LT1 V8 engine with VVT, direct injection, and cylinder deactivation, producing 460 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque. The question is, is the convertible automatic an acceptable trim configuration? 

Convertibles tend to add weight to increase the rigidity of the chassis lost by removing the roof. Automatics can dampen the experience and also add weight. How does the Corvette tackle these issues, and does it maintain the Corvette's appeal while doing so? 

MSRP As Tested: $75,560


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Performance Brake Pads - 7 Key Characteristics

When replacing your brake pads, you may choose performance brake pads depending on the design intent of your vehicle. Brake pads very widely in quality, with different temperature ranges, wear characteristics, and frictional coefficients. Which brakes pads are best? Depends on your application. Brake pads used for road cars can be quite different from race cars, requiring more cold bite and less top end performance. 

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

2015 Corvette Stingray Z51 - American V8 Power

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 is American muscle that hits hard. It features a 6.2L LT1 V8 engine with VVT, direct injection, and cylinder deactivation. It produces 460 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque. This particular model is the 2LT convertible with Z51 package. 

There are five different selectable drive modes: weather, for when weather is happening, eco, to save fuel and maximize use of cylinder deactivation, touring, sport, and track. Each of these modes can alter up to 12 different parameters; steering effort, shift points, exhaust noise, electronic differential settings, suspension stiffness, stability and traction control, and more.

The Z51 package offers a performance exhaust which adds 5 hp and 5 lb-ft, a dry sump oil system, larger performance brakes with slotted rotors, a performance suspension with upgraded shocks, springs, and sway bars, different wheels and tires, performance gear ratios if you’ve selected the manual option, an electronic limited slip differential, a rear differential cooler, transmission cooling, and an aero package.

This video will take a look at the exterior, engine and drivetrain, wheels, tires, suspension, interior, features, as well as a quick test drive and summary of the fuel economy. 

MSRP As Tested: $75,560


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Riding Shotgun In An 850 HP Ford Mustang - Formula Drift

I ride shotgun in Vaughn Gittin Jr's Formula Drift Ford Mustang. It has a 410 Roush Yates engine producing about 850 horsepower, and weighs well under 3,000 lbs. It's fast, very fast. 

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Formula Drift - Engineering A Drift Car

Gumout sent me to explore the engineering behind Vaughn Gittin Jr's Formula Drift Ford Mustang. The engine used is a 410 cubic inch naturally aspirated Roush Yates V8 running on 110 octane fuel. The engine produces around 840 horsepower and 740 foot pounds of torque, with a max engine speed of 9,000 RPM.

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