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Inflation and Oil Changes

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They tell us inflation – the benign-sounding word used to euphemize the deliberate devaluation of our money by simply creating new money (pieces of paper) out of thin air and flooding the economy with it – is “only” running about 2 percent of so annually. If so, why has the cost of a quart of…

Bike Basics: The Oil Change

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One of the perks of owning a motorcycles is that routine maintenance is –  usually – much easier to perform than a similar job on a car. Oil and filter changes, for instance. With a bike, you won’t need a floor jack (or jack stands) and you won’t have to crawl around on your back,…

A More Expensive Oil Change

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You may have heard/read about the new “Dexos” oil – the oil GM requires you use in all its cars built from model year 2011 forward (else risk voiding your warranty coverage in the event there’s an engine problem that can be attributed to using non-Dexos oil). There has been some misleading coverage – and…

Fork Oil Change How-To (and Why-To)

A fairly simple, fairly easy-to-do routine maintenance chore that’s sometimes not done routinely is changing out the fork oil in a bike’s front forks. It’s a job that’s easy to neglect because it’s easy to not think much about it. The forks are just “there” – and as long as they aren’t leaking and seem…

The Oil Change Co-Pay

If using insurance to pay for everything is such a marvelous idea, why not expand the concept? How come, for example, we tolerate paying for tire rotations and oil changes out of pocket? Why not carry Car Maintenance Insurance (CMI) instead? Wouldn’t this make owning a car more affordable? More fair? Is it not outrageous…

Oil Change Caveats

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Is it once very 3,000 – or once every 10,000? The articles one finds online try very hard to be definitive – which is why they’re often inaccurate. For example, I recently came across an article that stated with the certainty of the Dear Leader that “savvy car owners know that changing the oil on…

Old Bike Oil Change: Step by Step

Owning a vintage bike is great – but there’s a catch. Many dealers won’t work on a bike that’s more than about ten years old (let alone 20 or 30) and even if they do, there’s no guarantee they’ll do a better job than you could. But there’s a 100 percent guarantee they’ll charge you…

Even If You Don’t Change Your Own Oil…

What if you don’t do your own oil and filter changes? Is there anything you ought to know about beyond how much will it cost – and how soon can they get it done? Well, yeah. You’re shopping a service, just like any other – and being informed can help you make the best decision…

How to Change Oil & Filter

Here’s a nice little vide that shows you the basics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwJ0A…layer_embedded Here are a couple of things not discussed: * If you don’t have access to a lift, you will probably need a floor jack and (to be safe) jack stands to give you enough access to crawl underneath the car. If you’re cheap, you…