12 May 2010

Giveaway: Motor Oil Matters

MyBlogSpark recently contacted me about Motor Oil Matters. It was another one of those perfect timing things, because we were due for an oil change.


Did you know that in the United States the average age of cars and light trucks on the roads today has reached a record high of 9.4 years? Our car is even older than that I just realized (cringe!), and I can tell you, it's super important to keep up with your car's maintenance as it ages, or you'll end up with even more bills down the road. Trust me! We've bad our share our car related bad luck here!

Here's some more Did You Know trivia for you:

According to a recent survey from the Automotive Service Association, more than 54 percent of customers who take their vehicles for service and repair are women

Using a high-quality motor oil in the right grade can help maximize fuel economy

Low-quality oils that do not meet industry standards or the vehicle manufacturer’s requirements could cost consumers in the long run by potentially damaging the vehicle’s engine or possibly voiding the manufacturer’s warranty

Another reason to look to a high-quality motor oil – like Pennzoil and Quaker State - is that it is designed to meet the demands of today’s engines


Check out the Matters of Fact tips and advice section for more information on motor oil and your car.

As part of the Mother Oil Matters spark, MyBlogSpark also sent me a $35 gift card to Jiffy Lube to have our car's oil changed. Being the frugal person I (sort of) am, I made sure to do a quick search for a discount coupon for Jiffy Lube before we went in. I found this $5 one here. (If you sign up for their mailing list, and aren't in a hurry for your oil change, they do say they have more coupons they will be emailing!) We'd never been to Jiffy Lube even though our local one is located right next to Fred Meyer. (We usually go to another chain that happens to be right by our Goodwill, so we can waste time in there.)

I know when we are getting to the 3,000 mile mark with our car without even looking at the mileage - she starts to run a little funky. Don't ever be afraid to ask questions when getting your oil changed or your car worked on, folks. It's your vehicle, you are paying the tab - you have a right to know! If you don't understand, and it's not being explained, there's always Google when you get home or on your iPhone. ;)

Win it! Thanks to MyBlogSpark, one lucky reader will win a $35 gift card to Jiffy Lube! To enter, visit Motor Oil Matters and share with us one of the tips or facts that you didn't know.

As always, if you have completed the first entry above, you can also receive extra entries for:

-Subscribing to my feed OR following my blog
-Blogging about this giveaway with a link back
-Tweeting about this giveaway (leave the link or include @psychotichouse)

That's up to four (4) possible entries! Giveaway ends May 22nd, 2010 at 11:59 PST. US Only, sorry. :( Please leave your email address in your comment, or have it available in your profile so I can contact you if you've won. Winners drawn via Random.org.

The information above and the Jiffy Lube gift cards were provided by Shell Lubricants and MotorOilMatters.org through MyBlogSpark. All opinions and personal ancedots expressed in the post above are my own.

124 comments:

Rebecca Graham said...

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

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cdziuba said...

cdziuba@aol.com I actually didn't know when exactly to change my oil, and now I do!

cdziuba said...

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cdziuba said...

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agordon10 said...

W stands for winter not weight.

momof2girls said...

I learned how often to change my oil.

momof2girls said...

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MissyBecker said...

I learned for most cars you should use synthetic oil.

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Chrystal said...

The W in oil stands for winter.

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sarah said...

I didn't know that synthetic oil was good enough for most cars.

cmcathiem02@gmail.com said...

The W in oil stands for winter.

Nicole said...

I learned that the W on motor oil stands for winter!

Joshlin said...

Well, I was going to say the W thing, but now I see everyone said that one. So, I learned that thicker oil is not always better. You should read your cars manual!
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sphinx63 said...

I didn't know that you should look at your owner's manual to find out how often to change your oil. I thought all cars were the same.

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sphinx63 said...

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llinda29 said...

They have a game section

marcia goss said...

I didn't know that W stands for Winter. I always thought it stood for weight.
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catnap said...

W stands for "winter" not weight. Who knew. Hey, somebody else saw that little factoid, too. Oh well.

catnap said...

I follow

Kia89 said...

I learned how often to change my oil.
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chromiumman said...

i did not know that the w in 30w stands for winter

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bleatham said...

I learned that I knew absolutely nothing about my oil or how to change it...I thought all cars were the same...NOT!
thank for the chance to win!
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Doreen said...

I subscribe, of course.

Doreen said...

I forgot to post the first entry first. DOH! *What does the API Certification Mark “Starburst” mean?*

*Oils displaying the Starburst meet performance requirements set by many U.S. and international vehicle and engine manufacturers and the lubricant industry.
*The oil meets the current engine protection standard and fuel economy requirements of the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC), a joint effort of U.S. and Japanese automobile manufacturers.
* Many automobile manufacturers recommend oils that carry the API Certification Mark (“Starburst”).

Nicole said...

I learned that the W in the motor oil brand actually stands for winter and not weight like I thought.

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Nicole said...

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Nicole said...

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Ellen C. said...

I learned that the w in the name of the oil stands for winter. Thanks for the chance.

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Pixie said...

I learned that the kinda oil you put in your car actually matter :)

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Pixie said...

I follow on google friend connect!

Haydensmommy05 said...

I learned the W in oil stands for winter and not weight! Never Knew that!
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Haydensmommy05 said...

I subscribe by email!
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Haydensmommy05 said...

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hale2005 said...

I learned 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.

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Joshlin said...

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April V said...

I learned that 1 in 300 women deliver their babies on the way to the hospital/clinic! WOW!

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April V said...

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Annette D said...

I learned that the W stands for winter! I had no idea!
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Annette D said...

I am following via Google Friend connect
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tomservo56954 said...

I never knew the W in the description meant "winter"-everyone uses "weight" so much.

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ohstac said...

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

ohstac said...

tweet
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ohstac said...

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Mommy Kennedy said...

I found out that using synthetic oil will not void the warranty on my van!

Mommy Kennedy said...

I'm a GFC follower

Mommy Kennedy said...

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heaventrees said...

I learned that almost all cars can use synthetic oil and that it has added benefits for your car.

heaventrees said...

I follow on Google Friend Connect. (Christie)

Karen said...

I always thought the w stood for weight on oil but apparently it stands for winter

Karen said...

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Charlotte Prescott said...

I was amused to learn that my long-ago teenaged driving style qualified as "severe driving" conditions! Don't tell my mom! ;)

ky2here said...

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

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Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

W stands for winter!

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CindyWindy2003 said...

Found out W stands for winter not weight, carawling(at)Hotmail(Dot)com

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josephanewby said...

I learned that they recycle motor oil. I just thought it was disposed of.

Sheila said...

One of the things I learned was that synthetic oils are formulated to be fully compatible with engine seals in an engine of any age. :)
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Sheila said...

I'm now a blog follower. :)
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clynsg said...

I learned that synthetic oils are actually superior to petroleum based oils.

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Erica C. said...

I didn't know what the W in the name meant!

LAMusing said...

synthetic oil outperforms conventional oil

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Melodic Mom said...

I learned that the W on oil cans stands for Winter and not Weight.

idahomom said...

They have a page that will tell you what type of oil to use.

Deb said...

I learned that the "W in motor oil names stands for winter, not weight as many people believe. I did not know that and found that very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway

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I subscribe to your feed

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singermagic1 said...

I learned the W in oil stands for winter and not weight like I had always thought

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Amanda said...

I learned that stop and go driving is considered severe. I didn't know that it really mattered.
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Jennifer R said...

Something new that I learned is that the W in oil stands for winter.

shiloh said...

Changing your oil as recommended by the manufacturer is the most important factor in extending the life of your engine.

Caitlin said...

I learned that W stands for winter

Fine Insanity said...

I learned that synthetic oils are better than petroleum based oil.
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LittleEagle said...

I learned that city driving is considered severe driving. sharonaquilino at hotmail dot com

missrantsypants said...

I learned that Premium quality motor oil is designed to keep the engine clean and protected over the life of the oil drain interval.




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deedleweedle said...

I learned that the W stands for winter.

Pamela S said...

I like reading this fact:

How do I know if I am buying quality oil?

For many vehicles, look for the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Starburst on the bottle. For every vehicle, always make sure the oil meets the manufacturer’s requirements as listed in the owner’s manual.

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Pamela S said...

Subscribed to feed. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pamela S said...

Follower GFC (pamelashockley)
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ScrewLucy said...

You should use synthetic oil in most cards.

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susan1215 said...

I learned that W in oil stands for winter not weight

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amyd said...

w stands for winter,I never knew!

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kimbly said...

I learned when I should change my oil

susitravl said...

W stands for Winter. I always thought it stood for weight.

brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...I was unaware 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.

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Jinxy and Me said...

I learned when to change my oil.

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...subscribed via RSS:

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Nancy S. said...

I learned that everyone's car is different for when you need an oil change and you should check your owner's manual.
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Trina said...

I learned that W stands for Winter and I took the quiz and scored a 70.
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Gianna said...

W on oil cans stands for Winter and not Weight.

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I learned Full synthetic motor oils typically outperform conventional and synthetic blend motor oils in nearly all aspects of engine protection. garrettsambo@aol.com

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I learned that the "w" stands for winter and not weight as so many believe

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Swtlilchick said...

I did not know that W stands for winter, not weight

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Betty C said...

I learned that severe use typically includes stop-and-go driving, frequent high-speed driving and short trips. I knew about the stop & go and the short trips but never knew that high-speed driving was considered severe. What does that leave? Driving at 45 mph for several hours?

Betty C said...

I follow with google friend connect.

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Donna said...

I learned it stands for winter, not weight as many people believe.
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slehan said...

I learned that they have a quiz sort of thing that lets you put in your exact car and find out which oil you should use. Thanks for the contest.

lilyk said...

I learned that severe use typically includes stop-and-go driving, frequent high-speed driving and short trips.

lilyk said...

I subscribed to your feed.