Extending the Life of Your Car

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What's the secret to getting more mileage out of your car? Darrin Schlafer, Operations Manager of Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change, a Diamond Certified company, emphasizes paying attention to your car's fluids, and he means ALL the fluids. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations in your owner's manuals for changing transmission fluid, anti-freeze, and power steering fluid. Bay Area drivers should follow service intervals in the manuals recommended for "severe" driving, meaning city driving, stop-and-go, short trips and hills.

Mr. Schlafer says frequent oil changes, every 3,000 miles or so, are critical for longer engine life. They're so important that Pennzoil has started offering customers a limited warranty on oil-related parts (things like pistons and rings, oil pump, bearings) for 250,000 miles or 10 years, if they change their oil every 120 days or 4,000 miles, whichever comes first. Only cars with 36,000 miles or less are eligible for this new program.