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How To Change Your Oil Pan Gasket In 7 Steps

According to Repair Pal, an estimation service on car repairs the average cost to have your oil pan gasket professionally changed is $474 and $580! The cost for the mechanic’s labor alone is $130 and $145 I happen to think that’s outrageous.

Using synthetic oil member reviews the pricing for an oil change was an oil change typically costs $20 to $55. Using synthetic oil bumps the price to $45 to $70 on average. In my area of the country (United States, all prices are U.S. dollars) it’s $19.95 at Uncle Ed’s Oil Shoppe. Using synthetic oil generally bumps it up to $20.00 or so.

Now I happen to think mechanics have more difficult jobs to deal with than an oil pan gasket. Besides, that’s a lot of money for two or three hours of work that you or I could do with the right tools (and that’s really all it takes, a little knowledge, and the right tools).

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How To Change The Brake Pads In Your Vehicle

One of the most basic DIY or do-it-yourself items in your vehicle are the brake pads. The brake pads rub against the rotor or brake disks to create friction while stopping the vehicle. And as you might have guessed, brake pads are consumable and are not designed to last forever.

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What Does SAE Stand For In Motor Oil?

Have you ever wondered what SAE stands for in motor oil? The actual meaning of SAE is not entirely important when choosing motor oil for your engine. However, the SAE ratings deserve more attention.

SAE Is A Rating System For Measuring Motor Oil Viscosity

Yes, that’s right. The Society of Automotive Engineers or SAE developed a scale to compare motor oil viscosity grades for engines and transmissions. 

The SAE was founded in 1905 and is a globally active association for engineering professionals in a multitude of industries. This includes automotive, commercial vehicles, and aerospace applications. The goal of the SAE is to develop engineering standards and solve technical design problems as gasoline-powered vehicles became mainstream in the early 1900s.

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What Color Is Gasoline? Does It Matter?

All gasoline is the same, right? Wrong! If this is true, all brands or types of gasoline will have the same color. But speaking about color, what is the true color of gasoline?

And more importantly, does the color of the gasoline matter when choosing fuel for your vehicle?

You’ll find the answers right here.

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Which Brake Rotors Are Best For Your Car?

Introduction

Brake rotors are an integral part of your car’s braking system. They provide a surface for the brake pads to grip which in turn slows your car down. Buying the right type of brake rotors for your individual needs ensures safe stopping time after time. It can also save you money on replacement rotors and pads. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about brake rotors and give you the knowledge to choose the perfect ones for your car!

**Below, you'll find our more detailed reviews, but you can also click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.

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What Are The Best Brake Pads For Your Car?

Introduction

Quality brake pads are a component of your vehicle that you really can’t do without. Your safety, more important than anything else, depends on your brakes being able to slow and stop your car in a controlled manner. Faulty brake pads can, of course, make you unable to stop when you need to and can also lead to bad handling and damage to your brake discs if they wear down too low. This guide will explain exactly what you should look for in a set of brake pads and review five of the best sets to help you choose the right pads for your car.

**Below, you'll find our more detailed reviews, but you can also click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.

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