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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Properly Maintaining the Lifeblood of Your Vehicle With Luber-finer

With National Car Care Month upon us, it’s important to remember that filters are our friends

Albion, IL, April 14, 2011 — April is National Car Care Month and the perfect time of year to take an active role in educating motorists on vehicle maintenance, in order to avoid costly repairs and potential breakdowns. For example, checking the vehicle’s oil, filters and fluids is one of the most recommended and basic maintenance procedures to ensure superior performance. After all, it’s not much of a stretch to think of your car as a rolling version of the human body. Both contain filtering components designed to remove impurities from the system, helping prolong life while improving peak performance.

Champion Laboratories, Inc., is an active member of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and a supporter of the Be Car Care Aware® program. The following helpful tips are provided as a way to remember that properly maintained vehicles, and the correct filter, are key to performance and longevity of any vehicle.

By now everybody should know that a vehicle’s oil and oil filter needs to be changed based on the manufacturer’s recommendation, or every 3 months or 3,000 miles. But did you know that if the oil isn’t maintained on a regular schedule, it loses good chemical properties and picks up impurities, which can adversely affect the engine’s performance? Hand in hand with that, dirty oil contains contaminants that bombard the oil filter. As the filter itself gets older and dirtier, more and more of these contaminants escape the filter media and enter the oils stream, putting the engine in danger. In addition to the owner’s manual, the Car Care Guide from the Car Care Council is a great reference.

Air quality is another important consideration for the long life of a vehicle. Since dirt contaminants are capable of getting all the way past the piston rings, air filters help to provide protection from harmful airborne contaminants that can foul the engine. According to a U.S. Department of Energy report, changing the air filter every 12,000 miles can also improve engine performance, so it is recommended that the air filter be changed during every third of fourth oil change, depending on its cleanliness. Do you have more questions on air filters? Learn how to Make the Most of Your Air Filter.

One last tip; make sure you take part in Be Car Care Aware events in your area. For more, go to www.carcare.org/events.

Champion Laboratories, Inc. is a global manufacturer of Luber-finer® branded filtration products. Luber-finer® provides premium filtration solutions for all fleets and on highway, as well as all off-road applications such as heavy construction, mining, agriculture, oil and gas industry and marine. Luber-finer® has been a trusted name in filters since 1936, providing high efficiency performance in the most demanding work environments. For more information visit www.Luber-finer.com or call (800) 851-3641.