Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - February 2013


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I wanted to let you know that I am starting to book women’s car care clinics at various Active Green and Ross locations.  So be sure to check at for upcoming clinics.  I will update the site the first week of March.

My topic for this month is oil and the oil change interval. It is such an important fluid in our vehicles and I’ve been reading a lot of articles about all the advancements that are being made in oil.  You would think oil is just “oil”, but what I’ve come to learn is that engine oil is very scientific and that many vehicle manufacturers have very specific demands of oil manufacturers.  Improved fuel economy of 0.6 to 1.2% after 100 hours of running was one of the demands I read about.  Who knew!  So I wanted to share with you some of the things I found out without putting yousleep By the way, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!



According to JD Power the average person living in Central Ontario drives 18,387 kilometers/year.


This month's topic: Engine Oil and oil change interval

First of all, what does oil do?  It lubricates the internal combustion engine and this is what keeps your engine from seizing up. It also helps protect against rust corrosion and prevents sludge from building up through the use of detergents.  I call oil the “life blood of your engine”.

One area of change in the world of “oil” is the change interval.  Many car companies are saying you can go many kilometers before having an oil change.  I’ve seen some vehicles that say 16,000km before having an oil change.  Which, if your one of those drivers who drives approximately 18,000kms/year, you would be having your oil changed once a year.  When I used to race, the oil in my racecar was changed after every race!  Can you imagine racing an entire season without changing the oil?  I sure can’t.  I wanted to alert you to a couple of things if your vehicle is one with an extended oil change interval.  Chances are you have synthetic oil; 0W20 would be an example of this, which is found in newer Hondas and Toyotas.  Many Fords have 5W20, which is a semi-synthetic.   So I agree, you can go longer than the traditional 5,000kms before having your oil changed if you have synthetic oil.  Personally, I go 10,000 on synthetic oil and I feel good with this.  If you are going to go to the full 16,000kms, you better be sure to check your oil around the 5,000 and 10,000km mark.  I once saw a Mazda 3 with a blown engine because the oil filter had clogged from not having the oil changed nor was it supposed to be changed according to the service schedule.  A premium oil filter is a definite must when waiting longer to change your oil.  However, not just the oil filter can become clogged, you could also run your engine out of oil.  This is why you need to check it!  If you forget how to do it, go to and click on “Kelly’s Service Tips” for the step-by-step instructions. The other important reason for doing oil changes is to help prevent a major repair by catching the problem early.  A lot of times this problem can be caught by the technician while you are having your oil changed.  This is why shops recommend coming in for an oil change sooner than later.  Changing your oil sooner is definitely better than doing it later.  If you were the owner of that Mazda 3, I bet you would agree.

Note:   All Active Green and Ross locations use CASTROL oil, which is considered premium oil and it exceeds all of the stands set out by both the manufacturers and the API (Automotive Petroleum Institute).

This months photo:

Dirty and Clean Oil……..which do you have?

oil comparison

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