Why Mixing Motor Oil Types is Not a No-No

You've use synthetic motor oil but you accidentally bought conventional. Well, you can't use the conventional oil because switching between the two types is wrong, isn't it? Read on to find out why that is a motor oil myth.

Synthetic oil certainly has superior qualities, but that doesn't mean your vehicle won't work properly if you switch to conventional oil. In fact, there's nothing harmful about it at all. Feel free to switch oil as long as you follow the manufacturer's motor oil viscosity recommendations listed in your owner's manual.


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What Items You Should Have Available to Change a Tire

Flat tires never happen where it is convenient. Nor do tires go flat at a convenient time. There always seems to be mitigating circumstances when a tire goes flat: You are on the freeway; you are on a country gravel road; you are outside an office on a busy street; it is raining; it is freezing, or the sun is beating down.

No matter the circumstances you find yourself in when a tire goes flat, you should be prepared with a group of items. First, you need an inflated spare tire or donut. You need a jack, a lug wrench…

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Stay Away From Hydroplaning Hassles

Driving in wet conditions is always a big chore. Rainy weather can affect your visibility. It can lead to dangers such as hydroplaning, too. Hydroplaning can be extremely alarming.

Don't assume that there's absolutely nothing you can do to protect your vehicle and self from the undesirable circumstances, though. Evaluate tire tread. This can help you determine whether your road traction is up to par. Stay far away from your cruise control option any time it's raining out. Go above and beyond to drive safely. Speeding and safety on the road don't mix well together at…
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How to Prepare for a Potential Roadside Emergency

Preparation is the key when it comes to surviving any roadside emergency. Here are a few things to consider today while you are home safe.
  • Be sure to keep an empty gas can in the trunk. Rather than walk to a service station, someone offering help can assist.
  • Keep a gallon of water in the trunk just in case the engine overheats. This will allow you to drive to a service station and get off the highway.
  • A roll of duct table in the toolbox can be handy for patching a hole in your radiator hose so you can drive…
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Inspect Cooling System Before Vacation Trip

Is there a vacation road trip in your future? At Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships, we recommend that owners schedule an inspection of their engine's radiator and cooling system. This is one of the easiest ways to give you peace of mind while driving on your vacation. Our experienced service department technicians in Lima, OH can catch small problems early before they develop into major headaches from overheated engines that can ruin your trip.

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AWD or 4WD? That is the Question

Here at Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships, we like to make sure our customers are informed. One of the many questions asked is what is the difference between AWD and 4WD. Then the essential choice to make comes into play as well.

When asked to explain what 4WD is the term four by four is often heard. In a 4WD vehicle, the power for the engine goes to all four wheels so that they turn simultaneously at the same speed. This can be great except in circumstances where a vehicle needs to turn a certain way, and the front wheels…
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Let Your Vehicle Empower You

If you don't know whether you should get a vehicle with all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you should decide what it is that you like to drive. If you like to drive crossovers and sedans, then you will end up with all-wheel drive. If you like trucks or SUVs, then you will get four-wheel drive.

Vehicles that have all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive offer better handling and control over your average vehicle that only has power to two of its wheels. If you drive a vehicle that has more power, you'll be able to do more exploring and…

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The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is a Great Family Vehicle

If you are trying to find an SUV that will work out well for your family, you will find that the 2017 Hyundai Tucson has much to offer. This is a great family vehicle because of all that it gives to you.
  • The 2017 Hyundai Tucson fits multiple members of a family, and it allows each person to ride in comfort.
  • There is leg room in the rear of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson, and the rear…
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Choose the 2018 Hyundai Elantra for Affordability and Class

Hyundai is known for creating some really upscale vehicles that come with an affordable sticker price. You get the best features both inside and out, along with power under the hood and impressive efficiency.

Hyundai vehicles, such as the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, have had some very impressive gas mileage numbers on the market. Interior features include high quality materials, the latest safety features, rearview camera technology, and plenty of leg room.

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