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Make Your Old Ride Seem New Again

November 26th, 2016
Your old beater doesn't have to run and drive like an old beater! Here are some great tips.
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Make Your Old Ride Seem New Again

November 25th, 2016
Your old beater doesn't have to run and drive like an old beater! Here are some great tips.
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Regular, Synthetic or Blend...What Kind of Oil Do I Need?

May 26th, 2016

At one time, there were only a couple of choices for motor oil. Today, that is no longer the case, and hasn't been for quite some time. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to consider when it's time for an oil change:

  • Viscosity: Viscosity is how thick your oil is, and how it retains its pour properties at various temperatures. In this respect, synthetic oil is far superior. Conventional oils will thicken in cold weather and thin out when very hot, while the viscosity of synthetic is much more uniform. Check your owner's manual -- many newer models require a thinner, lower-viscosity oil, which also helps the engine run more efficiently. Viscosity is expressed as a numerical value -- the lower the number, the thinner the oil. Many are designed to work ...[more]
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The Advantages of Synthetic Oil

May 23rd, 2016

Motor oil…the stuff that’s drilled and pumped out of the ground, then refined, right?

Well, not anymore.

Manufacturers all recommend synthetic oil for their new models, for a multitude of reasons. Synthetic lubricants were first developed by the Germans during WWII, due to shortages of crude oil. They soon noticed that synthetic oil didn’t thicken in extreme cold, unlike conventional oil. That’s one of the advantages of synthetic…here are some others:

- Synthetic oil is more pure and doesn’t contain the paraffin and other impurities that conventional oil does, even after extensive refining and filtering.

- Along with better flow properties in cold weather, synthetic oil doesn ...[more]

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Auto Repair You Shouldn’t Neglect

May 5th, 2016
Too often, at BCS Tires & Lifts, we see vehicles come in with problems that could easily have been avoided if drivers were just more diligent about routine maintenance. Here are a few examples:
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Benefits You Didn’t Know About Oil Changes

July 15th, 2015

Automotive technology has come a long way since the mid-20th century, and so has motor oil. A 1940s-era car didn’t feature an oil pump or oil filter. Instead, they relied on dippers on the crankshaft’s counterweights, which would then sling oil to coat crucial moving parts. Motor oils in those days weren’t designed with detergents and other additives to help keep the engine clean; even with frequent oil change intervals, many cars would be in need of an engine overhaul by the time they reached 80,000 miles.

Today’s motor oil formulations incorporate additives to suspend contaminants in the oil so they can easily be trapped by the oil filter. Here are a few other facts about motor oil you may not have known:

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Why Should I Get My Oil Changed at BCS Tires & Lifts

July 1st, 2015

Oil Change in College Station, TX

It’s pretty easy to overlook things like oil changes in College Station, TX. After all, everyone has other things to think about and stay on top of, and for a lot of routine auto maintenance and repair issues, we tend to think “out of sight, out of mind” and “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The way that we should think, though, when it comes to oil changes in College Station, TX is “spend a little money now to save a lot of money later.”

That’s because motor oil is the lifeblood of any internal combustion engine. Think for a moment about the amount of metal-on-metal contact that goes on with an engine’s moving parts...lots of steel and aluminum parts moving up and dow ...[more]

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How Often Should I change the Oil in my Vehicle?

June 1st, 2015

Oil Change in College Station, TX

Used motor oil is nasty stuff. It’s full of fine particles of metal, carbon and other chemicals, and all the additives that help it do its job have been boiled out by being heated up and cooled down again hundreds of times over. The worst part, though, is that used motor oil isn’t as effective as fresh, clean oil is.

Motor oil is essential to your engine’s operation. Engines are built to extremely close tolerances, and oil provides the film of lubrication that reduces friction that builds up as moving parts spin around or slide against each other. Over time, though, it picks up the microscopic metal shavings that come from that friction...in addition, motor oil carries contaminants from the combustion process. Motor oil contains detergents, antioxidants, corrosion inhibito ...[more]

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4 Budget Friendly Ways to Improve Mom’s Ride

May 14th, 2015

So we all know that May is devoted to Mother’s Day. In honor of mothers everywhere, here are a few helpful suggestions for you to show mom just how much you care.  
 
1. Oil Change - Getting Mom’s car an oil change would be a nice way to help her get the most miles out of her car. Regular oil changes keep moving parts lubricated, reducing friction and heat buildup, and prevent deposits of sludge and gunk from building up on internal engine assemblies. 
 
2. Wiper Replacement - Even the best windshield wipers need to be replaced every 12 months or so. We’ll get a look at the wi ...[more]
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