8 of the Best and Biggest Car Auctions in the U.S.
There’s no denying that buying a car from an auction brings plenty of appeal. First and foremost: the bargain. Auctions give dealers and the public access to pre-owned personal cars, commercial vehicles, rental cars, and repossessions, often at close-to-wholesale value. At the same time, since most auction houses have shifted to an online model in the wake of COVID-19, they give shoppers the chance to source rare, classic, and specific vehicles from afar.
The Top Collector’s Auctions
Looking to bid on a classic auto? There’s no better way to go than one of the following collector and classic car auctions. Whether it is a mint condition muscle car or a rare, foreign sports car, these auction houses have what you’re looking for. Unlike standard auctions, these are usually in good condition and come from owners who prioritized car maintenance. Once they purchased their dream car, they at least protected it properly with a car cover when it’s sitting in their garage during the winter. In other words, these aren’t your typical salvage auctions, and they’re not for budget-oriented buyers.
RM Sotheby’s – RM Sotheby’s has the high honor of having sold the most expensive car ever sold at auction, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that was driven by reigning Formula 1 champ Phil Hill. It sold for $48.4 million at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey, California auction in 2018. Another 1962 Ferrari GTO yielded an unbelievable $38.1 million at a Bonhams auction in 2014. Out of the 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction, RM Sotheby’s sold five of them. In addition to the U.S., the auction house maintains offices in Canada, the U.K., and Germany.
Barrett-Jackson – Based in Scottsdale, Barrett-Jackson holds large-scale auctions of classic and antique cars in Arizona, Florida, Connecticut and Nevada. The company has been auctioning off rare and special autos since its first sale in 1971—two Mercedes-Benz 770K Phaetons that once served as Hitler’s staff cars; one set a record for the time, selling for over $150,000. Barrett-Jackson now holds the title of the world’s largest collector car auction. If you love classic and collector cars, simply perusing Barrett-Jackson’s online auction listings will show the high caliber of vehicles sold through this auction house.
Gooding & Company – Headquartered in Santa Monica, Gooding & Company hosts legendary classic car auctions in California, Arizona, and Florida. Notably, it holds the unique distinction of being the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an annual charitable event at Pebble Beach Golf Links. It has sold a few of the most expensive vehicles ever sold at auction, including a 1935 Duesenberg SSJ, which fetched $22 million.
The Top Used Car Auctions
Naturally, in today’s digital age, most of the biggest used car auctions are held online. The online format brings the unique advantage of being able to source cars from around the country, with the unfortunate disadvantage of bidders having to compete against many thousands more participants. Here are a few sites to try out if you want to try buying your next daily driver online.
Auto Auction Mall – Providing exclusive access to dealer-only auctions, Auto Auction Mall caters to over 200,000 buyers each month, making it one of the largest online car auctions. The great thing about this service is that you don’t have to have a dealer’s license to bid, but you will have to pay a $300 service fee should you decide to purchase a car through the site.
Copart – Dallas-based Copart is a leader in virtual car auctions, having pioneered the format with their patented virtual auction technology. With 170 locations all across the country, Copart can help buyers find cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, and more through their impressive online and in-person auctions. Note that not all Copart auction sites are open to the general public.
eBay Motors – It probably doesn’t surprise you to learn that the world’s largest auction site also has a large-scale automotive auction that takes place, of course, online. Whether you’re looking for new, used, classic, or rare, eBay Motors can help you find it. The great thing about eBay Motors is that, since you’ve probably already used eBay to purchase other items, it’s very user-friendly. However, unlike some of the other auctions on this list, eBay doesn’t offer any transport or shipping services, so you have to sort that out on your own, which can get quite costly.
Manheim – Branded as the world’s largest wholesale marketplace, Manheim specializes in remarketing vehicles and supplying them at wholesale prices to dealers and individuals. Established in 1945 in Manheim, Pennsylvania, this company is one of the oldest auto auctions. It operates around 150 auctions around the world, as well as a comprehensive online inventory system, so you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for with Manheim.
IAAI (Insurance Auto Auctions) – If you’re in the market for salvage cars on the cheap or seek serious deals on totaled cars, recovered stolen cars or other salvaged vehicles, IAAI may be a good option for you. This company has been auctioning cars since the early 80s and offers a massive online auction with nearly 190 branches. Whether you’re a recycler, a dealer, a broker, an exporter, or a member of the general public, IAAI likely has a great service for you.
If you’ve decided you’d like to try your hand at bidding on your next ride, the most important thing you can do is choose a reputable auction house with a history of authenticity and reliability. If you choose from any of the auctioneers on this list, you can be sure you’ll drive away with a great car at a great deal.
If your company doesn’t provide a dash cam for your truck, or you own your own vehicle, then you may want to think about getting one yourself.
A dash cam can be one of the most effective ways to protect yourself out on the road. They’re inexpensive and easy to use.
Let’s take a look at some of the best around…
1. KDLINKS X1 HD Wide Angle Dash Cam With GPS
Rating: (4.3 / 5)
The sheer volume of positive feedback, the quality of its recording capabilities, and it’s ease of use have all helped to drag the KDLinks X1 to the top of our list, fighting off some stern competition along the way.
This super slim dash cam features full HD video with a wide, 165° viewing angle to capture anything you need it to.
The X1 automatically records hands-free in a continuous loop meaning once it’s set up there’s nothing more for you to do.
It comes with an 8GB micro SD card, and it’s ready to use straight out of the box!
Boasting superior night-vision capabilities, this dash cam uses world class F1.6 Six-Glass lenses, and a unique dashcam WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) video system (which apparently is similar to HDR technology in cameras).
It has a built-in GPS module to record data straight into the dash cam which allows you to check video clips and vehicle location, as well as your speed and route.
An emergency lock button and G-Sensor accident auto detection feature allows you to lock any given video file to be used as evidence or security should you need it.
It also comes with a one year warranty to cover any hardware issues, and KDLinks offer excellent customer support.
Of all the dash cams that we reviewed this one received the highest score from the largest amount of independent users (approaching 4,000).
If you’re a truck driver and you want a dash cam that you can rely on, you need look no further.
Next up, and unlucky not to be our number one pick, is the WheelWitness HD Pro camera with 170 degrees of viewing.
This is the perfect camera to capture high-quality and high resolution video with one of the most powerful processors in the business.
It films in super HD 2K at 2304 x 1296 pixels and features WGR and HDR technology so that you can see everything you need to, even at night when other cameras may not work as well.
With multiple exposures, you’re always able to get the best picture possible, no matter what time of the day or night it is.
In addition, it comes with GPS that will capture the location and coordinates of your vehicle as well as your speed.
The WheelWitness and the KDLinks both score an impressive 4.3 stars out of 5, however the former has received feedback from over 3,500 independent users to the latter’s 400 or so, so the KDLinks just edges it for us.
Still, the WheelWitness is an excellent choice at an excellent price.
This OldShark camera very nearly took the best budget spot on our list, as well as the best value option.
It has a three-inch screen and features a 170 degree wide-angle lens with an F 1.6 aperture sensor that captures clear video footage at 1080p HD.
When it comes to protecting yourself on the road, you need to be able to view every detail, and that means having a camera with as high resolution as possible, while still being able to fit on your dashboard, and is available at a reasonable price.
This one features a stable clipset with smooth recording and it is durable enough to capture quality footage on the bumpiest of rides.
In addition, in the event of a collision, the video footage is locked and protected.
This dash cam is equipped with a technology called ADAS, which stands for advanced driver assistance system.
It uses one of the most advanced visual recognition algorithms currently on the market, and is even used by emergency services and professionals all over the world.
Like some of the other cameras on this list, it’s equipped with a G sensor that saves footage in a collision and it provides wide-angle coverage to cover at least three lanes of traffic, which we really like.
The YI records in high definition as standard.
It also has image sensors that act almost as infrared emitters to record at night and still get a good visual record.
It averages a strong score of 4.1 stars out of 5 from over 2,500 independent reviews, and given that you can grab it for less than 50 bucks we feel it represents excellent value for money.
Another terrific dash cam is this one from AUKEY, and you get many of the standard features that you find with all of the other cams that we’ve been discussing here, including full information backup in case of a collision and 1080p video recording.
You can also get optional in-car audio for added protection and it comes with a 170 degree field of view, emergency recording, and loop recording as standard.
You’re protected from all of the potential hazards on the road with this camera, and it overwrites old data unless you save it so that you can keep the camera recording for as long as you need to without worrying.
With positive reviews from over 600 independent users, and given how well priced it is, the AUKEY could easily have made it into our top 3.
This Beschoi mini dash cam is one of the budget options here, but it still records in full HD at 30 frames per second.
The screen is a little smaller than some of the other ones listed, at just two inches wide, but it is a full-color LCD screen and it comes with some other great safety features like an IR sensor and a 170 degree viewing angle.
It’s not going to win many awards, buts it’s functional, won’t take up much room in a busy truck cabin, and is relatively kind on your wallet.
If you’re on the fence and don’t want to spend too much then give this one some thought.
Vantrue makes the last dash cam on our list, and this is a slightly more premium level option that records in high-quality video with a wide-angle lens and a high dynamic range for processing at night.
It records at a super high rate (in 2.5K at 2560 x 1440 at 30fps resolution) to capture everything from street signs and license plates, to other vehicles in excellent high quality video.
It has a 24 hour parking monitor mode with optional GPS, “super” night vision”, and 170° wide angle coverage.
If you’re a truck driver and you want a serious dash cam to back you up when you need it the Vantrue would be a good investment.
It came in at around a hundred bucks when we reviewed it, which we think is a steal.
The bottom line is that there are quite a few dash cams on the market these days, but the ones listed here are perfect for professionals who drive for a living and want to protect themselves in the case of an accident or other incident where video recording could be vital evidence.
They’ll all do a good job, although if you pushed us we’d have to say that the KDLInks or the WheelWitness really stand out. If you’re prepared to pay top dollar then go for the KDLinks dash cam. It’s worth it for the extra features.
If you’re on the fence then the WheelWitness is a really good choice and you should just go with that and save the difference in cash. It won’t disappoint.
Here’s a little preview of it in action:
For a budget option the Crosstour DVR and the Old Shark are both recommended.
And if space in your truck cabin is at a premium the Auckey 6 Lane Dash Cam takes some beating.
7 Reasons Why All Truckers Should Get A Dash Cam
The main reason to get a dash cam is obviously so that you can have an accurate record of any incidents that occur involving your vehicle.
Even the most astute driver can’t see all of the road all of the time, and even if he or she could, when an accident does occur, it’s often one person’s word against the other when it comes to apportioning blame.
A dash cam takes away the ambiguity.
With clear footage of how an accident occurred, insurance claims and fault-based disputes can be settled significantly faster and with less expense.
For the typical recreational driver this is a nice touch, but for a truck driver, whose business or employment may ride on the outcome of such a claim, this can be vital.
With insurance premiums already through the roof small businesses and owner operators who rely on their trucks to provide their services can ill afford to be struck with further increases.
And many an employee has lost his or her job or been looked over for promotion due to a traffic accident that was not their fault.
If you’re a truck driver or the owner of a small fleet, here are some benefits that you should consider:
1. Your Vehicle Is More Likely to Be Involved In An Accident
Whether moving or stationary, a truck takes up more of the road.
It’s bigger, and therefore harder to manoeuvre than a standard sized car. It’s also harder for other drivers to avoid.
It takes longer for your truck to come to a stop at higher speeds.
And it sticks out further into the road when parked.
Truck drivers often get a bad rap from other motorists, but the reality is that those other motorists have just as much of an obligation to avoid your vehicle as you do theirs.
With the increased likelihood of an incident you really should be thinking about getting a dash cam.
If you suspect one of your drivers is handling a fleet vehicle loosely your dash cam will tell you.
And if your truck is the victim of a hit and run, you’ll have the culprit on camera.
2. They Can Help Improve Your Driving
A secondary, and often overlooked benefit of installing a dash cam in your truck, is that it can actually help to improve your driving habits.
Many modern dashboard cameras feature a live feed which provides you, the driver, with information that you wouldn’t otherwise have.
If you habitually take up a little more of the left hand side of a lane, regularly park with your rear end too far from the curb, or drive closer to the car in front than you realise, a dash cam will show that up.
You can then make corrections to your driving that will make you a safer driver.
The knock on effect will be less incidents, fewer claims and, hopefully, lower insurance premiums.
3. They’re Cheap!
When you consider how much you spent on a truck in the first place, how much you spend on maintenance and repairs, and how much your insurance premiums run to, the cost of having the extra layer of security that a dash cam provides is very little.
With some of the models on our list costing as little as $39.99 at the time of review it’s hard to see why you wouldn’t fork out just a little bit for the benefits referred to above.
The value of the footage that one of these devices can store can be worth many times the cost of the unit itself.
4. A Dash Cam With Parking Protection – For Peace Of Mind
As we’ve touched upon, many modern dashboard cams come with a built in parking monitor to record dings and scratches that happen while you’re not there.
They start recording when they detect potential impact.
The number of hit and run crashes is surprising, and trucks are prime candidates for a broken wing mirror from a careless driver who speeds off without leaving a note.
With a dash cam you can park up safe in the knowledge that if your truck is scraped you’ll have a record of who did it so that the costs of the repairs don’t come out of your own pocket.
5. Insurance Companies Are Warming To Them
With the rise in the popularity of dash cams insurance companies have had to sit up and take note.
Although they’re happy to charge you the earth for their cover, they’re also terrified of losing your business.
For quite some time now insurers have been accepting dash cam evidence in the event of a motoring incident under the terms of their policies.
Once one did, they all started to follow suit.
We’d suggest that you check with your insurer that they accept dash cam footage under the terms of your policy just to be safe.
If they do you can purchase a dash cam safe in the knowledge that if anything happens to your truck that’s not your fault you’re protected.
6. They’re Easy To Use
Many truckers are old school types (we should know because some of us are) – reluctant to change and ignorant of technological advances (us again!).
So naturally we sometimes resist new things because so far we’ve done just fine without them and we don’t want to have to learn new ways.
Well, with the dash cams of today there really is nothing to them.
In fact, most of the products on our list are ready to use straight from the box. You simply attach them to the dash, plug them in, and off you go.
7. Dash Cam With GPS – Double Benefits
Several of the dash cams that we reviewed have built-in GPS features.
The benefit here is twofold.
First, this will help from a navigational point of view. You can just plug in an address and follow the route on screen – essentially your unit becomes a dash cam with sat nav.
Second, in the event of a break down, the GPS signal can be transmitted to the emergency services or relayed to the vehicle recovery company so that they can find you and get your truck fixed up and back on the road much sooner.
Dash Cam FAQs
We covered a lot of ground in the benefits section above but there are still plenty of practical questions that remain unanswered.
We’ve tried to answer the most common of those below.
Q – What Is A Dash Cam?
A – It’s a device that you install in your vehicle (usually on or around the dashboard) that makes a video recording of your journey so that you have a visual record of any incidents that occur while you are driving.
Some models provide the same recording features when your vehicle is parked and stationary also.
Q – How Does A Dash Cam Work?
A – Once installed they work in the same way as a normal video camera, recording everything that the screen picks up.
A standard model will have a forward facing camera to capture everything that happens with the traffic in front of you. You can also get a dash cam with a backup camera to record everything that happens behind you as well.
The footage is stored on a disk for future use should you need it.
Q – Dash Cam Installation – How Do I Do It?
A – If you’re wondering how to hardwire a dash cam, instructions vary between models.
Assuming that you’re not installing a wireless cam in your truck, the most common setup involves attaching a suction mount on the top of the unit, securing that to the inside of the windscreen, inserting an SD card, and fuse link cables running behind the cabins headlining.
Here’s a handy instructional clip from Nextbase to help:
Q – I Want To Know How To Hide Dash Cam Wires?
A – You should run them along the roof of the cabin behind the headlining and behind the door weather sealing. See the video above for further help.
Q – Dash Cam Positioning – Where Should I Put It?
A – This is a great question because you don’t want to just throw it up in a position that could be challenged by your insurers.
Ideally you should mount it behind your rear-view mirror (in the centre of the windscreen), so that it can record both lanes of traffic, as well as any signs by the side of the road.
Q – Will My Dash Cam Footage Be Accepted?
A – This will vary from policy maker to policy maker. Ideally you should check before taking out any insurance whether the underwriters will accept dash cam footage.
On the whole, provided you’ve positioned the unit correctly, and the footage is clear it should in principle be accepted and any excess should be waived where a third party is at fault for the damage caused.
Q – Which Is The Best Dash Cam For Truckers?
A – The KDlinks takes some beating, but it is pricey. The Auckey is an excellent space saver in any cabin, and the Crosstour DVR is an awesome budget option. But for price, and all round value for money, it’s very hard to see passed the WheelWitness HD Pro. See the dash cam reviews above for further detail.
Choosing a dash cam for truck drivers can be tricky with so many options out there. The result is that many people prefer to stick to one or two brands that they’re familiar with.
There’s a couple that we feel deserve a special mention here. In particular WheelWitness, Yi and Z-Edge.
Firstly WheelWitness is a quality brand that is growing in popularity all the time. Their HD Pro dash cam scores really highly and is fast becoming the most popular unit out there. It deserves a special mention because of the premium quality and the huge price drop. It really does represent exceptional value for money and is therefore a great dash cam for trucks and vans.
Second, Yi Technology, which markets itself as “the leading provider of advanced, intelligent video, imaging and computer vision technologies” is another one to watch. At number 5 on our list their dual dash cam deserves its place and may rise higher with more reviews once this brand gets more coverage.
Finally Z-Edge, short for Zero Edge Technology, make a very good product. They’re an American company that “designs, develops and sells automotive and home consumer electronics products for everyday use”. And on that front they deliver.
These are all brands that you can rely on when choosing the best dash cam for truckers.
Wrapping It Up
So there you have it. If you were wondering which dash cam to buy for your truck we hope you’ve now found the answer.
Have you used one of the products on our list before? If so, how did they perform. Are there any that you feel we’ve missed out?
Let us know below, we’d love to hear from you.
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When a product receives feedback from over 300 users you can get a pretty good feel for whether it’s right for you. And that is the case with Blue Devil Head Gasket Sealer.
It’s received some excellent reviews recently, and as it’s currently available with FREE SHIPPING we thought we’d take a closer look.
Blue Devil Head Gasket Sealer Review
THE GOOD: This Gasket Sealer is a quick solution for problems such as small leaks and minor maintenance jobs. Repairs can be very costly, and that is why more and more people are looking to solutions like this.
It’s fast-acting and easy to use and you’ll save a small fortune in services by applying some of this sealer.
THE BAD: While the product generally works as intended, according to a few consumers there are a couple of things that are not perfect about it.
For example, a few buyers mention that the directions are a bit confusing (although we personally don’t agree with that). Also, a couple said that the bottle does not let you see how much you’ve used (which we do agree with), so you need to be careful not to pour a bit too much sealant over your leak.
THE BOTTOM LINE: If you’re careful when applying it this product is a great choice. It’s good value for money, does a very good job, and provides a permanent repair to a number of head gasket problems.
Well, as far as self-help remedies go, it does as good a job of repairing small leaks as you’ll find without going to a professional mechanic.
No matter if you are dealing with a blown head gasket, a cracked head, or damage to a freeze plug, this sealer will do the job.
It may not be a miracle cure, but it helps with small tasks that would otherwise require quite heavy repairs if left unattended to get worse.
A quick look at the key features of this leading sealer (the manufacturers claim on the bottle that it’s the number 1 in the country) might help you decide whether this is the product you are looking for or not.
Here’s a brief overview:
You’ll find no solid matter among the components
It will not harm your engine
It is safe to use
It’s easy to apply
It can permanently repair small leaks
Some people are reluctant to use sealing products because they’re afraid they might not do it properly. However this sealer comes with a good set of instructions that show you exactly how to use it to avoid any damage to your car or yourself (and we think they’re pretty straightforward).
The Product In Action
For a bit more info check out this short clip from the manufacturer:
Customer Reviews and Scores
Want to know what independent users just like you are saying about it? We did, so we did the homework for you.
From over 300 reviews on Amazon this sealer has an average customer score of 3.7 stars out of 5, which means it’s made a very solid impression.
Of those reviewers nearly 60% gave it the maximum 5 stars out of 5 (which is excellent), with very few giving it less than 4.
The main reasons why customers were so pleased with it were that they found it very easy to use, and that it saved them a lot of cash in repair costs.
Conversely a few reviewers found the instructions a little unclear (we did not have that problem ourselves however).
Blue Devil Head Gasket Sealer – Conclusion
This popular sealer will help you deal with small repair jobs on your own, and will help you to avoid bigger problems (and therefore bigger repair bills) in the future.
For small leaks it does an excellent job, and it can also help with older vehicles that require a bit of maintenance.
At the time of review it was available at a GREAT PRICE and came with FREE SHIPPING.
So, how did you get on with sealing your leak? Did you use this product, or did you use one of its rivals? What was the best thing about it, and what criticisms (if any) did you have? Would you recommend it, or would you go with a different brand?
We’d love to hear your thoughts, so let us know below…
If you have an older car, then one of the things that you may have to have done is bleeding the brakes. But can you save money on the repair costs by bleeding your brakes yourself? With a little bit of knowledge, you actually can.
How To Bleed Brakes By Yourself
But you first have to know how to tell when your brakes need bleeding and what sort of tools and information you’ll need to do the work yourself.
The Signs Of Brakes That Need Bleeding
There are signs that your brakes could require bleeding, and they are connected with the replacement of brake pads. Obviously, if you hear a grinding sound when you are using your brakes or if the brake goes to the floor when you stop at lights, then replacing your brake pads might be a really good idea. But if you have recently replaced your brake pads and you still get a spongy feeling in a brake pedal that tends to go lower than it should, then you probably need to bleed your brakes.
The Mechanics Behind Brake Bleeding
The reason that brake bleeding is required is directly linked to the replacement of brake pads.
When the brake pads become too thin, the brake fluid level drops extremely low in the master cylinder reservoir, which causes air bubbles to get pumped into the brake lines.
Unfortunately, even one or two bubbles can cause your brakes to feel springy and spongy.
The process of bleeding the brakes is what gets those air bubbles out of the brake line and returns your brakes to their normal state.
However, you do not just want to get the air out of the brake lines, you also need to replace the brake fluid. You have to replace the old fluid with fresh stuff because it becomes contaminated with dirt and metal particles from the moving parts in the master cylinder due to the space that the air bubbles have provided. It is able to absorb moisture from the air, which lowers the boiling point of the brake fluid. These contaminants must be removed because otherwise the brake fluid will degrade.
If you have antilock brakes then it is even more important that you get rid of the contaminated fluid and replace it with fresh stuff, while bleeding the brakes at the same time to remove the problem. That’s because ABS is much more prone to these contaminants and the effects that they cause than a non-ABS system. This is due to the hydraulic pump that operates at extremely high pressure, forcing lots of brake fluid through very small valves. The foaming that results can make bleeding an ABS system more difficult, but it is still possible. However, the reason that it is vital to bleed the ABS system specifically and replace the fluid is that the particles that air bubbles let in can be extremely damaging to the valves and the pump itself.
With some vehicles, you are going to have to go to a garage, or get your hands on an ABS scan tool to cycle the pump and valves and get rid of the air if you want to bleed the ABS controller. But if you bleed the brakes in the first place, this shouldn’t happen.
Now, let’s get into the process of bleeding your brakes.
How to Bleed Brakes by Yourself
You are going to need a few things for this: a wrench that is the same size as the bleeder bolts, a small piece of tubing, fresh brake fluid, a turkey baster and someone to help you.
You will also need to get the vehicle up into the air somehow and remove all four wheels. In some cases, you might not have to remove the wheels, but it depends upon whether you have enough room to use the wrench on the bleeder valves with the tires still on the vehicle.
First, use the turkey baster to suck the old fluid out of the master cylinder reservoir. Make sure that you are topping off the reservoir with fresh fluid while you get rid of the old stuff and the air bubbles. You don’t want the reservoir to become more than half empty.
Next, try to loosen the bleeder valves. The best type of wrench to use is a box wrench that fits perfectly. A crescent wrench may strip out the bolt and make it impossible to get off. If you cannot turn the bleeder bolts, you’ll have to replace the brake calipers or the wheel cylinders.
To bleed the brakes, you’ll use the small piece of tubing with one end over the bleeder bolt and the other in a bottle of fresh brake fluid. This will prevent more air from getting into the brake lines as you work. Make sure that you put something underneath the brake pedal so that it doesn’t go down as far as it normally does.
You’ll have your helper press on the brake pedal while you turn the bleeder bolt slightly. The brake pedal will sink underneath your helper’s foot while you do this.
Continue to repeat this process until you see fresh brake fluid (it should be clear) coming out of the bleeder bolt.
The air will be able to travel past the bleeder bolt, but will not allow air in through the other direction because the other end of the tubing is submerged in brake fluid. This will allow you to remove all of the air.
How To Bleed Brakes By Yourself – Conclusions
So there you have it. You know what to look out for. You know what you need to get the job done. And now you know how to do it.
Let us know below how you get on.
For another great guide on how to bleed brakes by yourself check out this great article from Dummies.
The GM Programs (General Motors Vehicle Purchase Programs) offer qualified Participants who live in America the chance to buy/lease unused new automobiles at The Program’s rates from participating dealers. Arrangements for financing or leasing can be done at every financial institution.
By leasing or buying an automobile via The Programs, both the Sponsored Buyer and the GM Participant abide by all Guidelines and Rules.
The Participant must understand The Program’s rules as outlined on the GM website and publicize them to their Sponsored Buyers. Buyers who violate these rules will face sanctions against the qualified Participant.
Withdrawal from The Programs can be done anytime, and the terms may occasionally be modified by GM. Final choices for anything relevant to the understanding of any phrase or rule of this activity is the sole responsibility of GM.
Existing leases or purchases are not applicable to The Program.
About the Discount for GM Employees
When you’re in the GM team, you regularly have shared savings. Teams can change all shared experiences into something unique. General Motors does just that with the GM Employee Discount, letting staff and qualified members of their family lease or buy a qualified new Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, or GMC automobile at a reduced rate under MSRP. Use it with the latest offers to obtain further discounts.
Who Qualifies for the GM Employee Discount?
Retired GM staff, active GM employees, divestitures, and surviving spouses qualify for the GM Employee Discount or can have the following buyers sponsored: their children, spouse, grandchildren, stepchildren, grandparents (which includes step and in-law), step-parents, birth parents, father/mother in law, siblings (which includes half, full, and step), sisters/brothers-in-law, daughters/sons-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, and nieces. Where applicable, SSDP (same-sex domestic partners) of qualified participants are eligible as well. (Note: Qualified SSDPs are treated no differently than spouses, and as such, include qualified members of their family.) For further details, get in touch with their National Benefits Center.
GM Family First Legacy
If you obtained the Employee Discount from your mother or father but are no longer able to, the Family First Legacy Program might let you keep using this discount.
The Family First Legacy Program provides retired GM staff who aren’t eligible for the GM Employee Discount the chance to lease or buy no more than a couple of qualified new Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC automobiles annually with the GM Employee Discount rate. Also, to optimize the deal, you can mix the Employee Discount with most existing offers.
Additionally, the savings can be shared with SSDPs/spouses, or dependent kids (under the age of 21 or full-time students younger than 25 at purchase time).
What Automobiles Qualify for the GM Employee Discount?
Most unused and new 2016, 2017, and 2018 GM vehicles, including: crossovers; SUVs; cargo and passenger vans; light-duty, midsize, and HD pickup trucks. Check out this list of qualifying automobiles. Automobile qualification might be adjusted as time progresses, so be mindful of this prior to purchasing.
What Is the Automobile Discount?
The GM Employee Discount lets GM staff and qualified members of their family lease or buy qualifying automobiles at the GM Employee Discount rate — a reduced cost that is under MSRP. Also, you can mix the discount with many existing offers for more savings.
Limitations on Specific Models
GM might permit limitations on specific models for production reasons. Upon the introduction of new models, GM endeavors to create an inventory for all customers. The limitations might be taken away after automobile production is completely operational. To see existing limitations, see the Vehicle Eligibility page referred to above.
How to Capitalize on the GM Family First Discount
You must acquire an authorization number to give to a participating GM Dealer. From their Programs menu, choose “GM Employee Discount.” Then select “Get Authorization Number” before following the subsequent prompts. Have your authorization number printed out and show it, as well as proof of eligibility, to a participating GM Dealer.
You can get authorization numbers for the lease or purchase of no more than 6 (six) automobiles for you and qualifying members of your family annually.
Authorization numbers acquired are good for three months towards the lease or purchase of a qualifying new automobile. You need to have the automobile delivered before the new authorization number expires.
If you don’t use your authorization number prior to the expiration date, it will be added back into your account. To lease or buy, you will have to acquire a new authorization number by following the commands on their Programs menu.
Just GM staff, surviving spouses of qualified participants, and retirees are allowed to ask for an authorization number to lease or buy automobiles through the GM Employee Discount Program.
Members of your family can obtain automobile rates, existing offers, automobile qualifications, and much more on their website’s main page. That said, they can’t ask for an authorization number for the GM Employee Discount. The staff member has to acquire an authorization number when a qualified member of their family is prepared to make a purchase.
What Is the Misuse Policy?
Authorization numbers can’t be traded or sold. This program undergoes verifications and audits, and misuse will lead to sanctions against the GM staff member. Guidelines and rules of the program that are violated might lead to sanctions against the qualifying participant. Sanctions might be comprised of, at the very least, privilege loss, employment action or money repayment, as well as job loss. Legal action might be taken if rules of the program are violated.
GM Supplier Discount for Friends
GM Supplier Discount for Friends program permits retired and active GM staff to provide the same discount GM suppliers get for friends, cousins, or neighbors. All retired and active GM staff qualify. Divestitures don’t.
Authorization numbers can be shared with friends or extended family who don’t qualify for the GM Employee Discount. Upon choosing individuals to share this benefit with, consider customers with “conquests”— those who own automobiles owned by competitors and wouldn’t be inclined to buy a GM automobile. Also consider GM owners who want to add another GM automobile to their collection.
This program can be accessed via every participating GM Dealer in America and is totally at the discretion of the dealer. Participation from the dealer is on an automobile-by-automobile basis. When making contact, your referral must tell the dealer about their reasons to use a supplier pricing authorization number. If the dealer chooses to decline participation, simply visit a different GM Dealer.
Each month, all qualified retirees and staff can ask for 1 (one) GM Supplier Discount for Friends authorization number (accrual of authorizations over time is not possible). After you’ve acquired an authorization number, the details can be emailed to your referrals.
You may lease or buy via any financial institution. That said, several APR offers come with financial institution exclusivity.
Queries regarding automobile costs, features, leasing, model qualifications, and existing offers can be sent to a participating GM Dealer. For more details on a specific automobile, check out gm.com.
GM Family First – Wrapping It Up
Hopefully that’s been a helpful overview for you. If you’re not sure about anything visit the website, which is really helpful.
It would be great to hear from anyone who has taken advantage of the GM Employee Discount.
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It isn’t uncommon for car owners to discover that their vehicles won’t start upon turning the ignition on. Often, this issue is caused by a dead battery. When a dead battery is the cause of the problem, all accessories in the vehicle, including the radio and lights, won’t work.
My Car Wont Start But The Radio And Lights Work
But when a car owner attempts to turn on the engine and the attempt fails, yet the radio and lights still work, it can lead to confusion. This is particularly true among motorists who aren’t very well-versed in the issues that can occur with vehicles that could lead to such problems.
By gaining an understanding of what could prevent a car from starting, though the lights and radio still work, vehicle owners will have an easier time accurately identifying the source of the problem and correcting it.
Here’s a look at some of the common reasons why a car may not start, yet the radio and lights are still operational.
A car needs fuel in order to go. If the fuel level is extremely low, it may prevent the car from starting at all. When this happens, the lights and radio – as well as other accessories – will still work, as the battery isn’t the source of the problem.
Identifying low fuel as the source of the problem is simple; simply check your car’s fuel gauge. If it is at or below empty, chances are that all you need to do is add some gas and the car will start.
Faulty Spark Plugs
Before a car can start to move, sparks that are created by the battery have to be strong enough so that it can ignite the compressed fuel vapor. When that happens, the engine will turn on and the car can be driven.
However, when the spark plugs are faulty, there is a chance that a car won’t start. Spark plugs can become overheated, get clogged with dirt, or they can suffer from regular wear and tear. All of these issues can prevent a vehicle’s engine from starting, yet the lights and radio will still be operational. That’s why it’s important to change the spark plugs on a regular basis.
A Bad Starter
Another issue that could prevent a car from starting, yet still allow the lights and radio to remain operational, is the starter.
The starter serves as a motor. It pulls electrical current away from the battery and uses it to start the engine. If a starter is malfunctioning, you might hear a clicking sound when you turn the ignition.
Issues with the starter may be related to a loose connection, in which case securing the loose connections will remedy the problem. It could also be that the starter has simply worn out. If the latter is the case, replacing the part will be necessary.
Problems with the Fuel Pump
A fuel pump sends gas to the engine. If it is faulty, the car won’t start, yet the radio and lights will remain operational. Fuel pump problems can occur when pressure in the fuel transmission system is low. This can happen as a result of wear and tear, blockages, or leaks in the lines.
A fuel pump can also become faulty when the gas tank sits with too little fuel for a prolonged period of time. When fuel isn’t reaching the fuel pump, the pump itself can age faster, which will eventually lead to mechanical failures. Having the fuel pump changed on a regular basis and performing routine maintenance can prevent issues with this component from arising – and can also help to prevent the problem of your car not starting.
While most of the reasons why a car won’t start but the radio and lights still go on is related to a mechanical problem, there are instances when it can be the result of human error. This is particularly true with certain vehicles. Certain cars today are equipped with features that will prevent the car from turning on if the driver fails to do something.
Some examples of human error that can prevent a car from starting include:
Not putting on a seat belt. In some newer car models, the engine will not start unless the driver has his or her seat belt on. Until the driver puts his or her seat belt on, the engine will not turn on. If you have a car that has this feature and your car won’t start, make sure you put your seat belt on.
The car may not be in park. With most automatic cars, the vehicle must be in park in order for it to start. For example, if you have the transmission placed over drive, the car won’t turn on. Additionally, if your foot isn’t on the brake, the car may not turn on. If you have an automatic car, make sure the car is in park and that your foot is firmly pushed on the brake.
The clutch isn’t pressed in enough. If you have a manual car and it won’t turn on, it could be because you don’t have the clutch pressed in far enough. Adjust the clutch to make sure that it is pushed in all the way and try starting the car again.
My Car Wont Start But The Radio And Lights Work
When a car won’t start but the radio and lights still function, it can be frustrating. By knowing some of the common causes of this issue, you can hopefully remedy the problem as quickly as possible.
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If your car is leaving oil spots behind in your driveway, or you see a leaky engine block when you look underneath your vehicle, chances are you have a leak in the rear main seal.
This issue can cause a number of problems for your car if left untreated, but having it fixed by a mechanic can cost you upwards of $1,000!
Blue Devil Rear Main Seal Stop Leak Review
Fortunately, there is a way that you can prepare the damage caused by a rear main seal leak so that you can prevent further damage from your car, and you won’t have to spend a tremendous amount of money. How? – With Blue Devil’s Rear Main Seal Stop Leak.
This product is specially formulated to permanently seal off the rear mains of your engine permanently. Once added, it immediately repairs and seals off leaks in the rear mains and gaskets.
In-Depth Look at Blue Devil’s Rear Main Sealer
There are a lot of products on the market that claim to seal off and repair leaks in an engine’s main seal; however, few of them actually deliverwhat they claim they will. Blue Devil’s Rear Main Seal Stop Leak is specially formulated to actually live up to its claims.
This heavy base stock formula, which is surprisingly light, instantly repairs leaks in both gas and diesel engines.
It’s formulated with light polymers and solvents that swell, soften, and revitalize oil seals.
It literally restores dried, shrunken and cracked rubber seals that lead to rear main leaks.
Unlike other rear main sealer formulas, Blue Devil’s is completely free of harsh chemical additives, such as petroleum distillates, which can destroy seals in the rear main. so there is no need to worry that it will cause any further damage to your engine.
Instructions for Use
Using Blue Devil’s Rear Main Sealer is extremely easy.
Simply turn off your vehicle’s engine and allow it to cool.
Pour 1 bottle of this rear main sealer directly into the engine and start it back up.
Drive your vehicle as you normally would and the rear main sealer will get to work.
It can seal leaks in the main seal within a few hours of driving, though it may take up to 2 days for it to work completely.
A single 8 ounce bottle of Blue Devil Rear Main Sealer treats up to 8 quarts of oil in both diesel and gas vehicles that use either conventional or synthetic oils.
There’s no need to re-add it when you change your oil because this formula permanently repairs seals, restoring them to their original condition while you are driving.
If leaks do persist after adding the product, you can contact technical support for assistance.
Blue Devil Rear Main Sealer Pros
There are a number of notable benefits associated with Blue Devil’s Rear Main Sealer. These benefits include:
It’s guaranteed to completely and permanently stop leaks in gasoline and diesel engine rear main seals.
It restores and revitalizes dried, shrunken and cracked rubber seals.
It can be used to repair leaks in timing covers.
It’s extremely easy to use: simply add it into your engine oil and gaskets will be restored and sealed.
It mixed in with the oil, yet it remains in the system, so once it’s been added, there’s no need to add it again.
It’s free of harsh chemicals, such as petroleum distillates.
Blue Devil Rear Main Sealer Cons
The only con associated with this product is that some users have reported that on occasion it doesn’t work perfectly.
With so many positive reviews, and given the price, we’re going to take this feedback with a pinch of salt.
Currently on Amazon there are a total of 146 reviews for this product. Of those reviews, 51 percent are 5 stars out of 5 (which is excellent) with very few users giving it less than 4 stars.
Those who are happy with the product say that it successfully stops leaks and that it lasts.
Those who were not so happy with it report that it doesn’t work quite as well as it claims.
Blue Devil Rear Main Sealer – Final Thoughts
Though there are a few mixed reviews, if you find leaks in your rear main seal, it is definitely worth trying out to save you a small fortune.
Given the fact that it is safe for your engine and it is easy to use, if it does stop the leak, it can end up saving you a tremendous amount of money and further damage to your car.
Available for less than $12, and with FREE SHIPPING, this comes highly recommended.
There’s nothing worse than finding out that your engine has a leak. Not only is it bad for your car and the environment, but it can end up costing you a tremendous amount of money to repair.
“Magic In A Bottle…”
There is a way that you can solve your leaking engine troubles without having to foot a hefty bill though. Thanks to Blue Devil Oil Stop Leak, you can seal up the leaks in your engine, protect your car, and save yourself a good chunk of change.
Blue Devil Oil Stop Leak Review
***#1 In The Country!***
Leaks in a vehicle’s engine are a fact of life. Age and driving exposes the engine to pressure and heat, which can cause the o-rings, gaskets and other seals to harden or dry up.
Over time, this can cause cracks and holes to develop in the engine, which can lead to oil leaks.
Stop leak additives, like this one, are non-solvent chemical formulas comprised of a mixture of modifiers that cause friction, as well as other refined petroleum ingredients.
They minimize the amount of oil that passes through those worn seals and holes.
Essentially, stop leak additives revive the seals in the engine, allowing them to return to their normal shape, size and flexibility, thereby reducing or preventing oil leaks.
There are plenty of engine stop leak additives on the market, but unfortunately, many of them aren’t well made.
This means that they either: 1) won’t do anything to the seals to prevent or slow oil leaks; or 2) could do more damage to the seals and the engine, causing an even bigger problem.
Created by Blue Devil – who’ve been around for years and have developed an excellent reputation for delivering exceptional products – this is one of the most trusted auto additives you’re likely to find.
Their oil stop leak formula is made with only the highest quality ingredients. It’s designed to soak into all of the seals in your engine, expanding them and reviving them back to the size and shape that they were when the engine was first made.
This product is free of harmful solvents, such as petroleum distillates, that have a reputation for destroying seals after they’ve initially expand them.
Unlike other products, Blue Devil Stop Leak won’t clog your engine or cause any other damage.
It’s also designed to be used with a wide range of diesel and gasoline engines and can treat either 4 or 6 quarts of motor oil.
In fact, Blue Devil are so confident that their stop oil leak additive will work that they’ll fully refund your money if it doesn’t.
It’s quite simply the best product we could find to stop an engine oil leak.
It’s also cheap to buy and comes with FREE SHIPPING.
Using this Stop Leak is pretty simple. The directions for use as follows:
Pour the entire contents of the 8 ounce bottle directly into the oil sump or crank case of the leaking component of your engine.
Once the solvent has been added, start up the engine and drive your vehicle.
For most leaks, the additive should seal up the leak within 1 to 2 hours. However, if your engine has an extreme leak, it could take up to 2 days of drive time for the leak to fully stop.
Here’s a short clip from the manufacturers to help:
This leading leak stopper can be used on the following components:
Refillable shock absorbers
While it can be used on various components, it’s important to note that it can’t be used in your vehicle’s brake system or on any surfaces that have been painted.
You should also use extreme care while using it and avoid making contact with your eyes and skin. As a precaution, make sure you wear protective clothing and eye wear.
There are several things that we really like about BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak. Some of the most notable benefits of this product include:
It permanently seals all seeping oil leaks
It doesn’t cause any additional damage to an engine
In most cases, it works withinjust a few hours
It’s extremely easy to use
It treats 4 to 6 quartsof motor oil
It works with the majority of gasoline and diesel engines
And it’s also VERY AFFORDABLE.
Overall, we were very pleased with this additive; however, there were a few things that might be a little off-putting for some users. There are two particular downsides of note:
It may not always seal properly with leaking gaskets
If the damage is extensive, it may not prevent leaks entirely (and professional help should be sought)
Blue Devil currently averages a solid 3.7 stars out of 5 on Amazon. Of the 250+ people who reviewed it, 51 percent gave the product 5 stars, and very few gave it less than 3 or 4.
Those who liked it said that the product works very well to either stop or slow leaks, that it’s easy to use, and that the price is very affordable.
Those who weren’t so happy said that it didn’t work with certain components that were causing leaks, such as the valve cover gasket.
When it comes to oil stop leak additives, Blue Devil is one of the best on the market. It’s made of the highest quality ingredients, it’s easy to use, and in most cases it stops leaks within an hour or two.
For the price it can’t be beaten and at the time of review it came with an EXTRA 15% DISCOUNT.
When a product receives consistently good reviews we usually sit up and take note. And in the case of ATP AT 205 Reseal, we’re pleased that we did.
Not only is this great re-sealant fast-acting and reliable, it’s also the choice of professionals and comes with FREE SHIPPING. We just had to review it…
ATP AT 205 Reseal Review
***Stops Leaks Fast***
The Good: Leaks in any walk of life can be a serious problem, but especially so when it comes to your vehicle. AT 205 Reseal does a good job of sealing almost any leak you’ll find in your car, and you can also use it to help rejuvenate old gaskets, transmissions and hydraulic systems.
You can extend the life of your car and improve its performance considerably through good maintenance, and that should include using a resealer such as this.
The Bad: There are very few gripes about this product from users. The only negative feedback that it’s received has come from owners of larger industrial vehicles. So if you’ve found a leak in your tractor you might need to have a mechanic look at it rather than rely on this.
The Bottom Line: For old rubber seals, as well as for repairing all types of leaks, this, according to reviewers will do the job.
It’s cheap, it doesn’t require any special training to use it, it’s fast-acting, and it will save you a trip to the repair shop. As long as you’re not looking to fix up a heavy duty vehicle with it, this should be your first port of call.
How many times have you gotten annoyed with small leaks inside your car? Repairs are usually expensive, and it can be particularly bothersome to have your vehicle pulled over for something as small as a leak.
This fast-acting resealer can save you the trouble, by offering you a quick solution that you can implement right away and by yourself.
It’s designed to fix small leaks without any professional intervention. And it’s super easy to use (easier than many of its rivals in fact), which is one of its best features.
It comes in an 8-ounce bottle (to treat a 6 quart capacity after adjustment) to help you repair minor leaks as well as a mechanic would, but for a fraction of the price.
In case you are wondering what kind of jobs can this resealer is good for, we’d sum it up by saying that it works for any rubber seals and gaskets. These can be found in engines, differentials, transmissions, hydraulic systems, power steering and many other places.
Because there are so many working parts in a vehicle that need proper sealing, it is no wonder that leaks occur every once in a while. When they do, you need a re-sealer that functions well with everything else that’s under the hood.
Fortunately this resealer is compatible with all conventional and synthetic oils used in the automotive industry, as well as ATF, gear oil, power steering fluids and hydraulic oil .
That means that you won’t have to worry that the newly applied sealant will be dissolved or damaged by such compounds.
And, because it’s not made with petroleum distillates, there is no risk of over-swelling or breaking down the old seals.
Not sure exactly what is leaking? Check out this handy guide from Cars.com which should help to identify the problem.
Now you have a pretty clear idea about what it can do, here’s a list of its key features at a glance:
Ideal for covering the same as a 6-quart capacity product
Future prevention factor
Compatible with synthetic oils
It contains no petroleum distillates
Works on any leaks
As with any vehicle, your old seals may require a bit of rejuvenation once in a while.
And a vehicle with a substantial mileage under the hood is bound to have a few problems you will need to deal with sooner or later.
That is why you can use this as a prevention option to help avoid future problems, and not only for leaks as they happen.
And all hydraulic oils and similar fluids that you might already use in your car will not affect the performance of this leading re-sealant. We feel that the added peace of mind that you get from knowing that is a real bonus.
ATP AT 205 Reseal In Action
For a bit more info check out this short clip from the manufacturer:
Pretty simple stuff aye?!
Customer Reviews and Scores
Want to know what independent users are saying about it? We did, so we did the homework for you.
From 2,000+ reviews on Amazon AT 205 has an average customer score of 4.2 stars out of 5, which means it’s made a very good impression.
Of those reviewers, 62% gave it the maximum 5 stars out of 5 (which is excellent), with very few giving it less than 4.
Those really impressed said that they loved the ease of use, that it worked quickly and effectively, and that it saved them the cost of taking their car into the shop to be fixed.
There were a few minor grumbles from customers who tried to fix leaks in industrial vehicles, and a few users said that they had to drive around for a while before it kicked in, but that is exactly how it gets to work so we don’t really consider that a negative!
There are so many situations that require a quick fix when you’ve been driving the same vehicle for a while. Leaks are just one of them, but they can become serious if you don’t treat them quickly.
AT 205 Reseal is a great option at a budget price that can fix any small leak and help maintain and preserve your car’s performance whilst saving money on repairs.
All in all we highly recommend it.
At the time of review it was available with a nice DISCOUNT and came with FREE SHIPPING.
Pennzoil makes the next motor oil on our list. It’s fully synthetic and designed to protect high grade engines.
As a result it costs quite a bit more than the others, so if you’re looking for high performing oil for a “regular” engine then perhaps go with one of the four listed above.
Like the others on our list, you’ll get improved fuel efficiency when you use this motor oil in combination with a high quality filter.
In fact you can expect an improvement of an extra 550 miles or so per year. Impressive!
This is one of the best products out there for preventing loss of performance, including horsepower, in extreme temperatures.
In particular Pennzoil flows faster at low temperatures, meaning your engine will stay protected even when it runs hot, and your pistons will stay up to 30 percent cleaner, reducing the risk of damage and disrepair.
Finally, let’s take a look at Castrol Edge, which comes in a five-quart size or a pack of three.
This premium full synthetic motor oil is strong enough to stand up to the extreme pressure of your engine, even in some of the most powerful vehicles out there.
This motor oil protects your car and lubricates to prevent metal on metal grinding in lots of different situations when driving at different speeds.
It also reduces debris deposits which helps your engine to perform at optimum levels.
This 0w-20 comes from one of the top brands, who claim that it’s the best synthetic motor oil money can buy.
It’s designed for use in engines that will be tested under consistent high pressure, so for those kind of situations it may well be the best choice (although Valvoline might have something to say about that).
It is however the most expensive option on our list.
It deserves it’s place, but if you’re not planning on thrashing your engine perhaps pick one of the others.
If you are planning on putting your foot down then fill your boots – it’ll do you proud.
The bottom line is that there are a lot of motor oils to choose from, but all of those listed here are going to improve your engine performance, reduce your emissions, make your vehicle last longer and make it run better than it has before.
If you pushed us to choose one, we’d have to go with Castrol GTX MAGNATEC. We love the transparency of the manufacturer explaining how it’s product works (rather than using generic jargon like many others).
It’s well priced, performs well in extreme temperatures, is suitable for so many vehicles, and is consistently praised on review by independent users.
Mobil 1 Advanced comes in a very close second and if you prefer that brand there’s no reason not to go with it.
For value for money AmazonBasics is very hard to beat. And for turbo and supercharged performance engines you should give Valvoline SynPower some serious consideration.
Synthetic Oil Vs Regular Oil
So, we’ve looked at some of the leading brands, now let’s consider why you should choose a synthetic oil over a regular, conventional oil, for your vehicle.
The answer, in short, is that you’ll experience greater levels of protection for the key components of your engine with a synthetic oil, and with that comes superior performance.
But that’s a fairly blanket statement that we feel needs a bit of explaining so we can understand exactly how synthetic oil is made.
Like conventional motor oil, synthetic oil is made from crude oil mined from the earth. After extraction, it undergoes the normal refining process of regular motor oil.
The difference is that it is then put through an intensive purification process that involves distilling the oil to separate it into its basic components.
The process removes contaminants and impurities from the oil, leaving behind a purer substance whose individual molecules are better equipped to protect your engine.
Why Use Synthetic Oil
There are lots of reasons why synthetic oil is better than regular, but the most important four are set out below:
1. They Provide Greater Protection Against Wear And Tear
When it’s working, an engine’s parts move at great speeds. They come into contact with one another constantly, and therefore need a layer of protection, in the form of your motor oil, to prevent wear and tear.
Given the stress that is placed upon your engine, the conditions in there can get quiet extreme. This means that over time, your engine oil will break down.
A traditional engine oil will break down a lot faster than a synthetic blend. With the breaking down process your oil loses its ability to properly lubricate and protect your engine.
Synthetics are a lot more resilient. This means that you get premium protection for longer periods between changes. the result is less wear and tear, less damage, and therefore less repair costs.
2. Sludge Resistance
There are plenty of impurities for your oil to pick up as it makes its way around your engine. A traditional motor oil will pick up all type of debris as it circulates, eventually turning to sludge.
Sludgy oil is not a good thing! It loses its lubricating, protective characteristics, meaning that your engine will be exposed to more wear and tear.
A synthetic oil on the other hand has less of its own impurities, which makes it more resistant to deposits within your engine. This ability to maintain lubrication for longer periods significantly reduces the likelihood of damage, extending the life of your engine.
3. Cold Weather Start Up
When you shut your car off for the night, the oil in your engine comes to a rest. When you start it again the next morning the oil flows through, as it’s designed to, to lubricate and protect your parts.
Regardless of the temperature a traditional oil takes longer to change from its resting state to full flow, so your engine is exposed to friction for that bit longer.
In particularly cold weather the time that it takes to get into this flowing state can be even slower, compounding the damage.
The same is not true of synthetic motor oil. The distillation process helps to create a more fluid oil that is adept at getting into this vital flowing state much quicker, meaning that your engine and its parts are protected as soon as you turn on the ignition.
4. Hot Weather Break Down And Evaporation
Conversely, if you’re driving in extreme heat the oil in your engine is put under greater stress than in moderate temperatures.
The first consequence of this is that break down happens much faster, bringing forward the onset of friction damage.
The second consequence is that your oil can begin to evaporate at these higher temperatures, leaving your engine exposed with less lubrication.
In the heat this is par for the course for a conventional motor oil, but not so for synthetics, which are specifically designed to resist heat and endure, even when the thermometer is off the chart.
You can quickly see why, when it comes to synthetic oil vs conventional oils, the former is a strong favourite!
How To Choose Oil For Your Car – A Quick Guide
Choosing the correct oil to lubricate your engine can be a bit daunting to begin with. There are lots of letters and numbers to understand before you begin to look at different brands.
Here’s a few handy tips to help you out:
1. Check Your Owner’s Manual
You can save yourself a lot of time and effort by referring to your owner’s manual to see what type and grade of oil the manufacturer recommends.
2. Understand The Viscosity Grading System
In this article we’ve been looking at 0w-20 synthetic oil, but what do the numbers actually mean?
Well, they refer to the viscosity level of the oil at extreme cold and extreme hot temperatures.
The first number (before the “W”) refers to the oil’s viscosity level at 0 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas the second number (after the “W) refers to the oil’s viscosity level at 100 degrees Celcius.
Yes, both temperature scales are used, that’s not a mistake.
A low first number indicates that a particular oil thickens less in the cold than an oil with a higher first number (ow-20 thickens less in the cold than 10w-30 for example).
A low second number indicates that a particular oil thins out quicker in the heat than an oil with a higher second number (5w-30 thins out quicker in the heat than 5w-40 for example).
3. Applying It To Your Driving Conditions
Once you understand the viscosity grading system you’ll be in a better position to pick a motor oil to suit your driving conditions.
The lower viscosity level of your oil in the cold, the easier it is to pump around your engine.
So if you regularly drive in cold weather you’ll need a motor oil with a low first grading number to ensure easy start us and quick lubrication in the cold.
The higher the viscosity level of your oil in the heat, the more viscous it will remain at higher temperature.
So if you regularly drive in extreme heat you’ll need a motor oil with a high second grading number.
4. Types Available
There are several types of motor oil available, but if you’re looking to change yours there are few reasons not to go for a synthetic.
For completeness there are:
Conventional motor oils which have not gone through such a rigorous distilling process;
Synthetic blend oils, which are mix of conventional and synthetic oils; and
Full synthetic motor oils, like the ones on this list offering maximum protection.
5. High Mileage And Age
If you have an old vehicle that has more than (or is approaching) 75,000 miles on the clock, you might consider changing to a “high mileage oil” that is specially formulated to extend the running life of high mileage engines.
There are plenty of questions that crop up when choosing a motor oil, ow-20 or otherwise, so we’ve set out below answers to some of the most common ones:
Q – Is Synthetic Oil Better For High Mileage Cars?
A – We’d say yes, for all of the reasons discussed above, and especially for cars with lots of miles on the clock.
Typically you’ll see brands advertising high mileage oils for cars with 75,000 miles on the clock or more. It’s not imperative that you change at that point, but the closer you get to 100,000 the more you should be thinking about switching to a synthetic product for the superior level of protection that it will provide to your engine parts, particularly in extreme hot or cold temperatures.
Q – How Often Should I Change Synthetic Oil?
A – This really varies from vehicle to vehicle having regard to the type of use (and therefore stress) that your car is being used for. As a rule of thumb every 3,000 to 5,000 miles is a good yard stick.
The best place to look is your car’s user manual. Some manufacturers make certain recommendations – Toyota for example have some models where 0w-20 synthetic oil is required and they have been approved for extended oil changes of every 10,000 miles.
Circumstances are always different, so if in doubt on how long between synthetic oil changes, err on the side of caution.
Q – Is 0w 20 Oil Always Synthetic?
A – No, not always – as set out above a synthetic oil could in theory be blended with a conventional oil – for more information check out this discussion on BobIsTheOilGuy.
Best 0w-20 Synthetic Oil Brands
As you’d expect, all of the leading brands make good 0w-20 motor oil, however, based on price, popularity and performance, there are a few that deserve a special mention.
Castrol, with two entries in our top 8, seem to tick every box when it comes to making their customers happy. And its no surprise when you consider the size of their network – they operate directly in over 46 countries, employing around 7,500 staff worldwide and indirectly in nearly 74 others.
Their delivery network extends throughout 120 countries, covering 800 ports, and with product ratings consistently around the 4.8 mark, it’s clear these guys know what they’re doing.
And, as you know, they make our number one choice:
Mobil 1 from Mobil was released over 40 years ago, the first full synthetic motor oil available globally and several decades later it has gone from strength to strength. Mobil have pioneered synthetic oil development, paving the way for others after them.
They have teamed up with several winning Formula overs the years, but perhaps their greatest partnership is with their customers, who loyally buy from this number 1 brand time and again.
We feel that Valvoline deserves a special mention also. They make excellent motor oil for all types of vehicles and are developing a bit of a cult following to keep the two brands above on their toes.
Wrapping It Up
Hopefully you’ve now got enough info to decide which is the best 0w-20 synthetic oil for you.
If you feel that there is another brand that deserves a place on our list please let us know. We did review plenty of others before settling on the eight above, but we’re always open to opinion.
Likewise if you’ve had a bad experience with any of the products listed above we want to hear from you. Let us have your thoughts below.
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