Saturday, November 14, 2009

Where Do You Get Your Motor Oil Changed?

Every 3000 miles or 3 months...that's basically been all I know about having the oil changed in our mini-van. Believe it or not, when I was 16...my dad taught me how to change the oil in my 1984 Pontiac Fiero. But it's been a long time since I was 16 and since then, it's been proven to be much easier for me to drive it into a quick lube facility and have them take care of the messy matter for me! LOL!!

Thanks to MyBlogSpark and MotorOilMatters.org, I just had the opportunity to learn a little more about the importance of Motor Oil & the care and maintenance of my car. I took the Mom Knows Best - Put Your Motor Mind To The Test quiz on their site and scored 50% out of 70%. Oops! Guess I don't know as much as I should. The good thing...there is a section of their website called Matter Of Fact, that is a pool of useful information on this topic.

I also found out that choosing oil "DOES" matter. They recommend I use:

for my 2002 Crystler Town and Country

Very interesting! Having been provided (sent free of charge) by MotorOilMatters.org with a $35 Jiffy Lube Gift Card (that's where I typically get my oil changed), I am going to make sure that, that is the brand and type I have put in this time. My mini-van is due for service in a few weeks anyway...so this couldn't have come at a better time.

Here's some other cool information:
Additionally, to make a trip to get your oil changed even more rewarding, Pennzoil® has partnered with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation through its "Play The Music. Save The Music" Campaign, and now through December 6, 2009 anyone can receive up to 46 FREE music downloads and up to a $15 service certificate back by mail, when they get their oil changed at Jiffy Lube and other Pennzoil® participating installers. See http://www.pennzoil.com/for details and to find your local participating installer locations.

Would you be interested in winning a $35 Gift Card to get your oil changed at Jiffy Lube too?

To Enter This Giveaway:
1st - Tell me what you found most interesting about the MotorOilMatters.org website
3rd - Follow MotorOilMatters.org on twitter : http://twitter.com/MotorOilMatters & comment that you do
4th - Follow this blogspot & comment that you do
5th - Follow this blogspot on twitter: http://twitter.com/oneboredmommy & comment that you do
6th - Tweet about this giveaway and comment that you did (you can do this daily)
7th - Blog about this giveaway & comment that you did with a link, so we can check it out!

This giveaway will end on November 21, 2009 and is open to US Residents only! Be sure to leave your e-mail address in your comment and leave seperate comments for each entry!

Thank you Shell Lubricants, MotorOilMatters.org, VH1 Save the Music Foundation & MyBlogSpark for letting me learn more about the importance of motor oil with my mini-van. Hopefully, I will do a better job of making sure that my motor oil really does matter to me!

187 comments:

clarissa@neiding.com said...

That the W stands for winter and not weight!

clarissa@neiding.com said...

woohoo 100% on the Moms know best quiz

clarissa@neiding.com said...

following motor oil matters on twitter

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follower

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twitter follower

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http://twitter.com/cneiding/status/5716417856 tweet

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2kidsblogger said...

Oils displaying the Starburst meet performance requirements set by many U.S. and international vehicle and engine manufacturers and the lubricant industry.

I'd love to win this prize, thanks for sponsoring this.

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2kidsblogger said...

i Follow MotorOilMatters.org on twitter - 2kidsblogger

2kidsblogger said...

i got 70 pts which is a 100% on quiz

2kidsblogger said...

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tweeted

Maureen said...

I learned that thicker oil is not necessarily better for you engine check your manual.
Maureen
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2kidsblogger said...

oneboredmommy I follow on Twitter (2kidsblogger)

Maureen said...

I follow your blog.
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mverno said...

all the interesting info about oil mverno@roadrunner.com

mickeyfan said...

I found out I should not be dogging hubby about using the more expensive synthetic oils!

tomservo56954 said...

I was surprised that the "W" in the type of motor oil stands for "winter" as in seasonal blend. So many others use the term to mean "weight".

mytwogirls said...

Who knew there were additives in oil? Additives can consist of anti-wear agents, friction modifiers, dispersants, detergents, viscosity index improvers and antioxidants.
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mytwogirls said...

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Mommy 2 Bears said...

Additive packages play a key role in helping to keep an engine clean and protected from varnish and sludge. I knew about sludge but not varnish.

Mommy 2 Bears said...

I got 100% on the quiz. However on at least three I guessed my butt off.

Mommy 2 Bears said...

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Anonymous said...

I found it interesting to learn what the Starburst finally stood for.

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Rebecca Graham said...

I learned that the W in oil stands for winter and not weight.

Rebecca Graham said...

Twitter follower of motoroilmatters: rhoneygee

Rebecca Graham said...

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Joannie said...

My score was 85.71% (60 point).
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Joannie said...

I learned that under the "News that Matters" category on the website, they have the latest news about motor oil, including Motor Oil Myths.
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Lower Mitten Kitten said...

I learned that the W stands for winter and not weight!
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Lower Mitten Kitten said...

I got 70 pts which is a 100% on quiz.
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Mysharona said...

Oils displaying the Starburst meet performance requirements set by many U.S. and international vehicle and engine manufacturers and the lubricant industry.

clynsg said...

The most interesting thing on the site was information about synthetic motor oils, which I hadn't learned much about before.

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clynsg said...

Scored 100% on the quiz.

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clynsg said...

Blog follower

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Theresa said...

I thought it was interesting that "Severe Driving" includes stop-and-go driving, frequent high-speed driving and short trips. Short trips being the one that surprised me!

buzzd said...

The W stands for winer not the weight

samsakara said...

I learned that you can switch between synthetic and conventional oil and will not cause any harm. They just recommend that you look at the owners manual to make sure both oils meet the engine manufacturer’s requirements.

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samsakara said...

I follow MotorOilMatters.org on twitter as samsakara

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sweetsue said...

You can switch between synthetic and conventional oil safely.
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sweetsue said...

I am following MotorOilMatters on Twitter as ptowngirl.
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sweetsue said...

I follow your blog.
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sweetsue said...

I took the quiz and got 70 points-a perfect score!
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llinda29 said...

I found the quiz was most interesting

llinda29 said...

I got 60 on the quiz

cmcathiem02@gmail.com said...

The most interesting part to me was regular oil vs synthetic oil. i akways went for regular but after reading this I like the Synthetic.

sphinx63 said...

The most interesting thing to me is that Severe driving is stop and go driving, which I do all the time. I didn't know that.

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sphinx63 said...

My score on the quiz was 60. Thanks!

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clarissa@neiding.com said...

http://twitter.com/cneiding/status/5747370657 daily tweet

Kia89 said...

I learned that the W stands for winter and not weight.
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bfox74 said...

I learned that W stands for "winter" not "weight" as I have always believed!

mogrill said...

I got a 60 and learned that W stands for winter rather than weight. Thanks for the chance.
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jenn said...

I, too, learned that the W stands for winter and not weight. HOWEVER/moreover...I learned that there are different types of oil for seasons, which I had no clue about. Kinda sad, huh? Thanks for the giveaway!

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ChrisNY2 said...

I think the feature that shows the best oils for your car is very interesting!

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ChrisNY2 said...

I got a 100% on the quiz!

courtneystoffel said...

I learned that thicker oil is not always better.

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clc408 said...

I found out you can switch between regular and synthetic motor oil. I didn't know that.

jennem said...

The API Service Symbol (“Donut”) and API Certification Mark (“Starburst”) identifies quality engine oils for many gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

clarissa@neiding.com said...

http://twitter.com/cneiding/status/5780522152 daily tweet

panicxduh said...

I like the Easy to Navigate Website!
and it's fun and actually quite interesting--
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panicxduh said...

i Didn't pass the Motor Oils-Put your motor mind to the test!!
only got 71.43% when you need 80% to pass.
=(
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panicxduh said...

now following Motor Oil Matters on twitter!::

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Hallie_Homemaker said...

"Oils displaying the Starburst meet performance requirements set by many U.S. and international vehicle and engine manufacturers and the lubricant industry."

thaks!
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Hallie_Homemaker said...

I follow you on twitter ! (@aSSLoad)

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Hallie_Homemaker said...

I follow motoroilmatters on twitter as well!

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Hallie_Homemaker said...

I took the quiz a while back, MANY times, until I got a perfect score! (there was a reward supposedly involved!!?)

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LittleEagle said...

I didn't realize that in town driving was considered severe. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

LittleEagle said...

I got 60 points. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

mscoffee77 said...

I learned that "some of the motor oil components are consumed sacrificially while doing the job of protecting your engine. Foreign contaminants also accumulate in the oil".

mscoffee77 said...

My score was 85.71

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monky said...

Additive packages play a key role in helping to keep an engine clean and protected from varnish and sludge

:) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

fluggy said...

The most interesting thing on the site was information about synthetic motor oils

clarissa@neiding.com said...

http://twitter.com/cneiding/status/5812249236 daily tweet

Ms. Autumn said...

3000 is not a hard & fast rule!

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lil.blessing said...

I learned that the "W" in the type of motor oil stands for "winter" rather than "weight"
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cdziuba said...

cdziuba@aol.com I like that it tells me how often/when to change my oil. I really didn't know.

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cdziuba said...

cdziuba@aol.com I scored 100% and have no idea how, most of the time I guessed!

~ April ~ EnchantedDandelions said...

I learned that the W stood for winter (although I didn't think it stood for weight... I had NO clue... never thought about it really, LOL!)

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~ April ~ EnchantedDandelions said...

I scored 100% on the quiz! Yeah baby! (okay, okay, it took me a second time, but still counts, eh?)

~ April ~ EnchantedDandelions said...

Following you on Twitter (@vamountainmomma)

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JC said...

I've always thought W means weight, it turns out it stands for Winter.

JC said...

I got 42.86% (30 points).

JC said...

Follow MotorOilMatters.org on twitter@tcarolinep

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clarissa@neiding.com said...

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Jen said...

I found it interesting that you can switch between synthetic and conventional oil with no problem. I know very little about motor oil. My husband takes care of all of that for me.
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Jen said...

I got an 85.71% on the Mom Knows Best quiz.
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Jen said...

I follow motoroilmatters on twitter as greatgiveaways.

Jen said...

I follow your blog (Jen V) on google friend connect.
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Katrina said...

I didn't know that the w stood for winter! =)

Katrina said...

I got a 40% on the quiz.... sad, but I learned a lot!

Smooshy said...

i think it's interesting that short trips are considered severe driving!

Smooshy said...

i got a 100% on the quiz!

Anonymous said...

I found out oil does matter. I really thought it didn't!
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Anonymous said...

got a 94% on quiz. not bad
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clarissa@neiding.com said...

http://twitter.com/cneiding/status/5873395698 daily tweet

denyse said...

I love all the info on the Matter of Fact page.
This is great to know:
Regular oil changes are one of the most important things that can be done to help extend the life of an engine.

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Erika*Coffee said...

I find this hard to beleive:

What does the "W" stands for in motor oil names?
It stands for winter, not weight as many people believe

mar said...

What I found most interesting and helpful on the website is that I learned how to find the right motor oil for my car. thank you

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erma said...

I learned that oils displaying the Starburst meet performance requirements set by many U.S. and international vehicle and engine manufacturers.
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chazvgo said...

I like the Matter of Fact page, this is great to know. Will synthetic oils void manufacturers’ warranties?
Synthetic oils are typically formulated with the requirements of the auto manufacturers in mind, and so if used in accordance with the owner’s manual, synthetic oils will not void warranties.

hale2005 said...

Full synthetic motor oils typically outperform conventional and synthetic blend motor oils in nearly all aspects of engine protection.

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marthajane said...

They have a very cool "lube match" function which will tell you what oil you should use in your car.

rbailey1958 said...

I liked the tips and advice section
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rbailey1958 said...

On the motor mind quiz I scored 100% 70pts.
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rbailey1958 said...

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roseh2o19 said...

thicker is not necessarily better

Hotsnotty2 said...

I learned that synthetic oils are formulated to be fully compatible with engine seals in an engine of any age, thanks!

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dreamcleavers said...

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i learned what synthetic oil is and how much better it is for the car and the environment, plus my pocketbook in the end

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Erica C. said...

I like that it has a program to help you decide which oil is best for your particular car. Thanks!

Wanda said...

85.71% - one wrong on M.O.M. quiz.

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Wanda said...

I'm following MotorOilMatters on Twitter.
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Wanda said...

Already follow u on Google Friend Connect.
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Wanda said...

Already following OneBoredMommy on Twitter.
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Wanda said...

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clarissa@neiding.com said...

http://twitter.com/cneiding/status/5907397107 daily tweet

ky2here said...

Additives can consist of anti-wear agents, friction modifiers, dispersants, detergents, viscosity index improvers and antioxidants.

ky2here said...

Here's my tweet:

http://twitter.com/ky2here/status/5908877625

Melodic Mom said...

Severe use typically includes stop-and-go driving, frequent high-speed driving and short trips. (I didn't know short trips were considered severe)

Melodic Mom said...

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Melodic Mom said...

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Melodic Mom said...

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k-team said...

I learned that my car's manual tells me the best oil and how often I should change it. I didn't realize that. Thanks!

Jennifer said...

I learned that thicker oil might not be better. Have to check your engine specifics.

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~ April ~ EnchantedDandelions said...

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Pamela S said...

I only got 5/7 or 71%. I failed :(

Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pamela S said...

I liked the "Choosing Oil" part where you can put in your car and it helps you pick a motor oil. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pamela S said...

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mom2anutball said...

I found it interesting that Each vehicle manufacturer tests its own vehicles to determine the proper drain interval.
Thanks!
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mom2anutball said...

I didn't do so good lol, I got 57.14%!
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mom2anutball said...

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heaventrees said...

I got a 90% on the quiz. Not bad for me. I am not much for car maintenance.

Laura's Reading Blog said...

That the W stands for winter. thanks for hosting this giveway

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marelsa said...

Wow did not know there was so much to learn about oil very informative

Wanda said...

TWEET!

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Pamela said...

Full synthetic motor oils outperform conventional and synthetic blend motor oils in nearly all aspects of engine protection.

Pamela said...

I scored 85.71 on the mom quiz.

~ April ~ EnchantedDandelions said...

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susan1215 said...

I like where you pick which oil is best for your car.

susan1215 said...

I got a 90% on the quiz

fancygrlnancy said...

Full synthetic oils should not be used in Mazda Rotary engines, which have unique and specific lubrication requirements. Good to know my mother in law drives a mazda.
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ktgonyea said...

Scored 82.5 on the mom quiz.

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amyd said...

I really didn't know the w stands for winter!

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amyd said...

I also got a 90% on the quiz

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chromiumman said...

most interested bye the information on synthetic motor oils

~*~lilshuga2001~*~ said...

I learned that the "W" in the type of motor oil stands for "winter" rather than "weight"!!!!!

~*~lilshuga2001~*~ said...

follow on twitter

clarissa@neiding.com said...

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dvice said...

I found it interesting that switching between synthetic and conventional oil will not cause any harm to engines as long as both individual oils meet the engine manufacturer’s requirements as listed in the owner’s manual.

brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...The LubeMatch Service on the "Choosing Oil Matters" page has a simple to use tool designed to help you match the correct Lubricants to your vehicle's needs.

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brianpiero said...

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Betty C said...

That full synthetic oils and synthetic blend oils should not be used in certain Mazda Rotary engines, per their owner’s manual. I think it's interesting that rotary engines have different recommendations.

Betty C said...

I only got 57% on the quiz.

Gianna said...

Full synthetic motor oils typically outperform conventional and synthetic blend motor oils in nearly all aspects of engine protection.