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Tips For Keeping Your Car Running Efficiently: It’s a Matter of Family Pride

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As a boy growing up in Guatemala, my father and I bonded over taking care of the family car. As Latino “car guys” or gear heads we took a lot of pride in keeping our cars looking and running well. I remember doing the simplest of maintenance chores with him on our family vehicles so fondly. Even changing the oil was something, that as a kid, I would look forward to doing with my dad.




As an adult I fully understand that changing the oil is crucial to keeping my car on the road and getting the most out of my investment, and yes ,I am still that proud Latino “car guy” I was back in Guatemala. So I really appreciate when I find a reliable and afortable product that both my father and I agree we can confidently use in our cars with consistently great results. Quaker State Oil is the one brand of motor oil we both trust in our vehicles. Walmart_Quaker When I roll up my sleeves to change the oil in my cars today I pick up a few quarts of Quaker State Oil at Walmart and use the Diaz family oil change tips my dad passed down to me to make the job a bit easier. When you are ready to save money by changing your own oil at home stop by Walmart and grab some Quaker State Oil and follow these tips to make your oil change go smoothly and keep your car running like new.


Oil Change Tips:

  • Warm up the engine: This is one tip my dad taught me that a lot of people don’t know, but it is crucial to a professional grade oil change. Warming the engine for around three minutes helps to make removing any sludge a lot easier. Be sure not to run the engine too long though as the oil will get much too hot to handle.
  • Floor Protection: Trying to get oil off the floor of your garage or driveway is really not any fun, at all. An inexpensive shower curtain can save you a lot of work from those inevitable spills that are going to happen.
  • Green Oil Absorbent materials: It’s going to happen, even when you are prepared. Be ready to sop up any minor (or major) oil spills with eco-friendly oil absorbing materials which you can easily find online. Don’t use kitty litter or clay based absorbers, they tend to just leave you with a bigger mess.
  • Always change the oil filter: My dad always stressed having the right tool for the job and that applies to oil changes as well. Make sure you have the properly sized wrench for your vehicle. After removing the old filter rub a small amount of the oil onto the seal of the new oil filter and always hand tighten it; a wrench can sometimes exert too much force if you aren’t very careful.
  • Don’t forget to refill: Find the oil cap and fill it up with your Oil, using the recommended weight and amount for your specific vehicle I use Quaker State Advance Durability. Replace the cap and wait a few minutes. Check to see that your oil level is between the low and full marks on your dipstick.
  • Safe oil disposal: Never dump used oil into sewers. Aside from this practice being environmentally unfriendly it is also illegal and you can be fined or even serve time in jail. Instead collect it and find an approved disposal location for your used oil. Most service stations and gas stations offer a disposal service.

IMG_6810 Your car is very important to you and your family for your everyday life, take good care of it.  Be sure to check out the different Quaker State products to find the correct one for your vehicle here.


About the author

Cesar Diaz

Cesar is a freelance graphic designer with more than 15 years of experience in the advertising world. He is the creative force behind GrowingUpBilingual.com and 365thingsswfl.com. 2 year ago he gave up his steady job so he could spend more time at home and be more involved in his kid's lives. He loves sharing tips to maintain a healthier lifestyle both at home and while traveling. He likes to cook low calorie meals with a Latino touch, specially if they are on the grill. He is a techie, a carnivore and a fitness buff not necessarily in that order. During his free time he enjoys mountain biking, working out at the gym, watching movies and traveling with his family.

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  1. Romina Tibytt

    Importante información para ahorrar y mantener a la familia segura! Thanks for sharing this tips!
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  2. Dailycurlz

    Great tip.. I wouldn’t dare to do it myself, but I can always go to Walmart and they do it for me. #client
    Dailycurlz recently posted…Homemade highlight | Como hacerte mechas en casaMy Profile

  3. Teresa Garza

    A mi me toco esta semana el cambio de aceite… Entiendo lo importante que es cuidar nuestro vehículo, ahorrar, y principalmente, mantener a la familia segura (como dice Romi)
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  4. Brenda/Mejorando mi hogar

    Great tips! I have never change my car oil, I have always take it to the Auto Center and I always used the same oil.
    Brenda/Mejorando mi hogar recently posted…Como Mantener tu Auto viejo como NuevoMy Profile

  5. Laura Rodriguez

    Gracias por la info César mi papá siempre me quiere enseñar y yo le escapo al tema pero no hay como saber cuidar el auto de uno .
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  6. Diana Rodriguez - Compras y Hogar

    Que buenos tips, se los paso a mi esposo!!
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  7. coolchillmom

    I had the same bonding experience with my Daddy because I would never leave his side hahaha.
    Today I don’t change the oil myself, but if I did, I would be bookmarking your great list of tips. I specially love your last one – let’s help keep the planet clean and safe!
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  8. Yadira

    I live in my car, well not literally, but I am on the go all the time and have to maintain my car to keep me going.
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  9. s. Yissele

    Muchas gracias por la recomendación, ya le cuento a mi esposo para que compre ese aceite, saludos y

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ
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  10. Veronica Marks

    I’ve always wondered if it would actually save money or not by learning how to change my oil at home. I’m glad to see that it might be easy enough for the everyday person to do. My one concern is not knowing where I would take the used oil. Do you have any suggestions for how to find a place that takes that?

  11. Rachel Finn

    My husband wants to try and do an oil change on our car by himself this weekend. I don’t think it’s such a great idea because, unlike you, he definitely didn’t learn anything about cars while growing up! Do you have any tips for knowing when to call it quits with the DIY job and take it to the professionals? I want to be able to convince him if he can’t do it that we need to take it somewhere.

  12. Johnathan Smith

    Doing these tasks ourselves is really a way in saving money. For example, I myself clean my own car every weekend.
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  13. Nina

    thank you, these tips are very useful for me and my family.

  14. Cortney G

    What a lovely post. Nice to see that you are proud of being a Latino. I agree completely that car is an integral part of our lives. We need to take care of it in the best possible manner. I have never changed the oil in my car. I always get a monthly service done from service centre and get all my basic things fixed. But still I think will be suitable to at least change the oil of my car on my own. I will keep all these useful tips in mind. Thanks Buddy..
    Keep posting and keep sharing.. 🙂
    Cortney G

  15. Leanne

    Thanks for sharing this great piece of information!

    I’m still not brave enough to do it myself.. But it’s something for me to sleep on at least!

    Thanks again!


  16. McKenzie

    Some really do not understand the importance of oil changes and just how easy they can be to do on your own! Thank you for sharing this story and how-to!

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