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Location #105 - 401 East 4th • Big Spring, TX
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Location #122 - 3620 East Indian School Road • Phoenix, AZ

What is the primary function of motor oil?

The primary function of motor oil is to provide lubrication between moving parts in the engine. Any metal-to-metal contact will lead to high levels of friction; wear and heat can result in engine damage.

What type of motor oil is best for my engine?

The type specified in your owner’s manual by the vehicle manufacturer. For most U.S., European and Japanese passenger-car and light-truck gasoline engines today, it’s a motor oil that meets the latest American Petroleum Institute’s (API) rating, the Ilsac energy-conserving performance standard, or European specifications. It provides the ultimate protection and all-around performance during the drain interval recommended by your vehicle manual.

Why should I change my oil every 3,000 miles?

Most manufacturer’s refer to service in terms of “Normal” or “Severe” driving conditions. Severe driving conditions are defined as; driving less than 5 miles per trip, driving in temperatures above 90 degrees farenheight, extensive idling, towing a trailer, dusty conditions, or long periods of stop and go driving on muddy, dirty or de-iced roads. West Texas and Phoenix, Arizona definitely are considered “Severe Service”. When you operate in “Severe Service” conditions, most manufacturers recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles. Please refer to the “Severe Service” appendix in your vehicle’s owner manual.

Can “Synthetic Oils” be used longer than conventional motor oils?

We do not recommend extending oil-drain intervals beyond what is recommended in the vehicle’s owner manual. The majority of motor vehicles are operated in driving conditions far more severe than usually thought, such as short trips (under 5 miles), dusty or sandy conditions, cold weather, hot weather, extended idling periods, trailer towing or mountain climbing. Contamination by normal-wear particles, water, fuel, and other combustion byproducts as well as additive depletion, are the main reasons for changing any oil, including synthetic oil, on a regular basis. The only way to remove these contaminates and refresh the protective additive packages is to change the oil and filter within manufacturer’s recommended intervals. Please understand extended oil drain intervals can effect your vehicle’s new car warranty policy and future performance of your vehicle.

What does my “Check Engine” light mean?

The “Check Engine” light is part of your vehicle’s onboard diagnostics (OBD) system. When a problem is found in the electronic-control system the computer in your vehicle turns on a warning indicator. In addition to turning on the light, the computer stores a “trouble code” in its memory that identifies the source of the malfunctioning sensor or a misfire engine code. The code can be read with an electronic scan tool or a diagnostic computer. If the light remains steady (on), the problem is not necessarily an emergency, but you should schedule an appointment with a qualified automotive garage as soon as possible.

Do Avis Lubes have electronic scan tools to help me with my “check engine” light on?

Yes. All of our Avis Lubes will be happy to scan your vehicle’s OBD system to see why the check engine light is illuminated. We provide this service to our guest “Free of Charge”. We do not repair sensors or misfire problems, but we will refer you to a qualified mechanic or garage. Most garages will charge up to $75.00 to scan your vehicle’s OBD system. Again, we will provide this service “Free of Charge” to you.

What documents do I need to get my Texas vehicle inspection?

The only document you need to get your vehicle’s car inspection is proof of liability insurance. You must present a current insurance card or policy. The State of Texas requires our certified inspectors to document the insurance expiration date. We also have in stock all the required documents you will need if your vehicle is currently registered out of state. If your vehicle is currently registered out of state, you must have your vehicle inspected prior to registration. Effective August 1, 2007 the safety inspection fee is $14.50 (If out of state $15.50) and a fee will be charged whether your vehicle passes or fails inspection. If your vehicle fails inspection, you will have 15 days to make necessary repairs. If you return within 15 days only the failed items will be re-inspected and the fee will not be charged as long as you return to the original place of your inspection.

Do you stock “High Mileage” motor oil?

Yes. We stock Pennzoil High Mileage motor oil. Pennzoil High Mileage suggests starting using high mileage motor oil once your vehicle has surpassed the 75,000-mileage point. The high mileage oil will help restore engine performance and extend engine life. It also provides enhanced engine protection for worn engine parts and may prevent oil leaks and oil burn off. High mileage oil will also help condition seals in older engines. The oil has an excellent anti-aging detergent to help keep your vehicle’s engine clean. Try Pennzoil High Mileage oil today!

Do you stock oil for my SUV?

Yes. We stock Pennzoil SUV motor oil. Your larger vehicle naturally puts more stress on its engine, so your oil has to work harder. Pennzoil SUV, Truck, and Mini-van synthetic blend motor oil combines the advanced protection of Pennzoil motor oil with the ultimate protection from synthetic to provide protection against stress of heavier loads. It is fully compatible with all motor oils and helps prolong your larger vehicle’s engine life. SUV oil contains a unique anti-wear additive package to protect the engine during short punishing trips. Try Pennzoil SUV oil today!

Do you stock full synthetic motor oils?

Yes. We stock Pennzoil Platinum Synthetic Oil. Pennzoil Platinum full synthetic gives you superior anti-wear protection, consistent engine performance and improved fuel efficiency. It also has molecular uniformity of full synthetic formulation to maintain viscosity, for easier start-ups, even in extreme weather conditions (hot and cold). The time- released molecules continuously lubricate, cool, and clean, creating a cushion of protective lubrication against extreme high engine temperatures caused by stop and go driving and short trips. Full synthetic oils can be used virtually in all gasoline engines, foreign and domestic. Check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle will allow you to upgrade to synthetic for a longer engine life. Try Pennzoil Platinum Synthetic today!