December! How did you get here so fast? The automotive team at Cassels Garage is so excited that it is finally time to break out the holly, send in our lists to good old St. Nick, and cross our fingers we are all on the nice list this year. Along with the beautiful busy season comes some crazy hectic travel plans. Whether you are going “over the mountain and through the woods” to visit your grandmother or you are just driving a street over to your sister’s home for the holiday, you want your vehicle to be fully prepared for anything this holiday season has to throw at it. So, here are a couple of quick tips to prepare your vehicle for the season. Don’t be stuck wishing you had taken the time to get ready, read on!
When you take your car in to get an oil change, there are typically two options you can consider for your vehicle – conventional or synthetic. If you are not careful, or you take it to the wrong auto repair shop, you may end up with the wrong kind of oil in your car. Newer car models typically use full synthetic oil options while older car models tend to use conventional. At Cassels Garage, we recommend that you maintain one kind of oil in your car and you don’t switch back and forth. As a full-service auto repair shop in Melbourne, FL, we make it our business to keep your car well-maintained. In addition to oil changes, we perform brake checks, tire rotations, transmission repairs and other types of auto repair services. We also offer vehicle fleet maintenance for many Brevard County businesses.
Other than putting gas in the tank, an oil change is the service most often performed on your car. However, many drivers are unaware of when their vehicle requires an oil change. On average, automobiles need an oil change approximately every 7,500 miles. That being said, rather than picking an arbitrary number, it is recommended to consult the vehicle’s owner manual for the advised number of mileage preceding an oil change. This resource provides information for different cars and the frequency with which they need an oil change.
Ogden Nash’s doggerel delighted a generation of schoolboys in the middle of the 20th century who were delighted to discover that a subversive version of poetry existed. It was not revolutionary in any political or social way, but his poetry was decidedly non-literary, breaking rules in a silly and unapologetic way. For example, Nash wrote, “A funny bird is the pelican. His beak can hold more than his belly can.”
In Nash’s “Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man,” he contrasts sins of omission with sins of commission and concludes that sins of commission are highly preferable. His logic is beyond dispute: Sins of commission “must at least be fun or else you wouldn’t be committing them.” On the other hand, “you never get any fun out of the things you haven’t done.” His theory is based upon the logic that both types of sins bring painful consequences, but only one gives you any fun in return. His examples are comically silly, but beyond the scope of this post. They do, however, apply to car care.
Applying Nash’s logic to your vehicle use, he would recommend driving at high speeds over neglecting to get your oil changed. Both might be expensive, but with speeding you can at least experience the thrill of the open road before you pay the expensive speeding ticket and inflated insurance premiums. Neglecting to get your oil changed, on the other hand, can have bitterly expensive consequences without offering you any fun in return.
Here at Cassels Garage, we cannot advocate violating traffic safety laws, but we can certainly affirm the value of getting your oil changed regularly. Regular oil changes will prolong the life of your engine, and the associated fluid checks that occur at the same time can help you avoid a host of unpleasant problems. Conversely, neglecting to get your oil changed at proper intervals can destroy your engine, and that is a very costly part to replace.
At Cassels Garage in West Melbourne, we are ready to help keep your cars in good working condition. We are a family-owned shop well equipped to provide routine maintenance or do major repairs on your car. We have been serving Brevard County since 1966.