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By: Susan M.
Marcotte Automotive & Fleet Maintenance
Brought in a used Subaru I was thinking of buying from a local dealer. Steve and Brandon were able to look at the vehicle right away, and only took five minutes to point out the leaky head gasket. They offered to continue the inspection, but suggested that that single issue should be enough to discourage me from buying. They were right, and they didn't charge me for the service. Very efficient, honest, and flexible. They give good advice and good customer service.
Tips & Advices
You should change your oil filter whenever you change your oil, that is, approximately every 7,500 miles.
A oil filter is a device that helps remove contaminants from motor oil as it passes through the engine. A pump pushed the oil through the filter where it is strained and goes back to the engine.
High-mileage oil contains special conditioners that are said to help prevent gaskets from drying out and thus preventing leaks. This can be beneficial to engines with many miles on them.
Synthetic oil costs more than conventional oil, but the price is offset by the need for less frequent oil changes due to the oil’s durability.
Tools needed to change your own oil include jack stands or ramps, a wrench, an oil filter wrench, an oil drip pan, funnel, replacement oil filter, and replacement oil.

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