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Automotive help for amateurs
Feb
12
By: richard | Discussion (0)

Like most car manufacturers, Saturn recommends that you change your oil every 3,000 miles or three months (whichever comes first).  Most of the newer Saturn cars have automatic indicators that will tell you when you need to have your car serviced with an oil change.  Authorized Saturn shops will reset your oil change indicator after they have finished changing the oil in your Saturn car.

It is recommended by Saturn that you (or your mechanic) replace the engine’s air filter during the oil change appointment after each 50,000 mile interval.  Since it is easy to forget when your air filter was last changed, it is a good idea to have your air filter checked when it seems like you’re coming up on 50,000 miles since the last filter change.  This means you should change your air filter roughly every 16 to 17 times your oil is changed, assuming you’ve kept up with the recommended oil change maintenance schedule.

The recommended oils for a Saturn conform to GM standard GM6094M.  Oils that meet this standard are ideal for servicing oil changes.  It is not recommended that any additives be combine with an oil that meets this standard.  If you don’t use what is called “Top Tier Detergent Gasoline” in your Saturn, a bottle of GM Fuel System Treatment PLUS should be added to the gas tank at each oil change to help clean performance inhibiting deposits from forming in fuel injectors and intake valves.

If you have more specific questions about changing the oil in your Saturn, you should be able to find the owners manual on the Saturn.com web site.



Sep
28

My personal car  recently developed a randum missfire when I turned on the A/C.  Since I had recently replaced the plugs, cap and wires I figuered it must have something to do with the fuel system.  I went to my local parts house and got a bottle of fuel injection cleaner and it has taken care of the missfire. If you have a vehicle with 100,000 miles or more, you might consider adding a bottle of fuel injection cleaner.



Aug
26

I had a writer ask about the problem with oil slugg building up in Toyota’s V-6s.  My son is a Toyota Master Mechanic and he said that the problem is from lack of service and not a problem with the engine.  He said that if you service a Toyota V-6 as recommended you will not have any problems.



Aug
12

I learned something new from one of my blogers.  If you go to autozone.com you can find the serpintine belt routing diagrams of several common vehicles.  They also have other good fix it yourself information.



Apr
16

Ever had to pull over off the road and then pull back on and have a loud squeel come from your wheel. My son was traveling out to live with me and had pulled over to change drivers. When he pulled back on the road he heard a loud squeeling coming from his wheel. After pulling back off and jacking up his wheel he found that a small rock had gotten caught between his brake roter and the backing plate. During the years that I have been a mechanic I have run into this problem many times. The reason I am writing about it is that the sound is similar to a brake pad sgueel when your brakes are worn out. I would sugest that when you have your brakes checked, especially if they are squeeling that you get the mechanic to let you visually see the brake pads when he has the tire off. Could save you a few dollars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Sep
10

These regular checks should be done on your vehicle to make sure you don’t have problems:

  Oil Change – This should be done every 3,000 miles.  Also, be sure to check your oil level once a week.  A good habit is to check it every time you stop to fill up on gas.