Friday, December 27, 2013

Simple Tips to Help Stave Off Repairs

Unforeseen car repairs can put a serious dent in your wallet. Here are a few simple driving tips to help extend the life of your vehicle and extend the time your vehicle can drive between repairs.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cool Trick to Test Your Oil

Here’s a cool trick to visually test your oil to see if it still has more miles left in the tank or if it is need of a

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fall Car Care Tips

Fall has come and the holidays are already upon us. Now is the perfect time to take charge and prepare your vehicle for the holidays and the upcoming winter season.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Service Reminder: Fuel System Cleaning

Fall is the perfect time to give your fuel system a little extra care. The excess heat and extra driving time during the summer combine to put extra stress on your system. Combine that with the fact that the quality of gas in the summer decreases and all of these summer time factors lead to a dirty fuel system. But, don’t worry, fall is here and a clean fuel system is just one step away.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Service Reminder: Tire Rotation

All those fun summer days spent driving to and from exciting locations can rack up the miles on your vehicle pretty fast. That’s why fall is a good time to check your tires to see if they are in need of rotating.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Service Reminder: Oil Change

Fall is always a great time to make sure your oil is clean and at proper levels. The long, hot days of summer has put extra stress on your engine. Lubricar Jiffy Lube is here to help take care of your oil and keep your engine happy.

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Big Question - Part 3 (and this is it, I promise!)

So oil companies and their marketing arms are always looking to distinguish their line of oils from the next company.  I think we all get that.  And it’s OK to have a loyalty to a good name-brand oil if it has worked for you over the years.  But I submit to you that a big portion of the differences between oils (other than viscosity differences, i.e. 10W-30 and 0W-20) has more to do with marketing than it does with chemical engineering.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Service Reminder: Coolant

Long, hot summer days put added stress on your vehicle, especially your vehicle’s cooling system. Now that summer is behind us, it is a great time to check your vehicle’s coolant and coolant level.

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Big Question - Part 2

Over the years I have to shake my head when one more consumer “advocate” writes about the “3,000 mile oil change myth.”  Wow, you’re really breaking new ground with that one.  This has only been happening since 1996.  Nationally, the average service interval is between 6k-7k miles so I don’t really think legions of drivers are pre-programmed robots  that simply must get their oil changed every 3k miles.  And in fact, there are vehicles out there that still need to be serviced every 3k miles as per the owner’s manual.  The big rub is over “normal service” and “severe service”. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Service Reminder: Air Filter

The end of summer is a great time to check and replace your air filter. During the summer, a mixture of additional driving time and extra pollen and dust floating around in the air can really start to dirty up and clog your air filter.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Big Question - Part 1

Years ago when I actually managed one of our stores, I was constantly being asked by customers “How often should I change my oil?” Should I poll our current managers I suspect they would get the same question on a daily basis. Indeed, there is much confusion over what we in the industry call “oil change intervals.”

Friday, September 6, 2013

Summer Tips: Does Your A/C Hurt MPG?

Word is always spreading around that using your car’s air conditioner hurts your fuel economy. You may be asking, “well does it?” Continue reading to find out!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Tire Blowout Prevention

Tire problems can seriously dampen any plans of fun adventures. Here are a few tire tips to help keep you safe and on the road no matter where you are going.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Prepare for the Unexpected

Even the most cautious of people find themselves in unexpected situations on the road, whether from a pothole, car accident, or car problems. Take a few easy steps and prepare an emergency kit ahead of time to make sure you are prepared to take care of you and your family when the unexpected strikes.

Friday, August 16, 2013

3 Driving Tips for Better Gas Mileage

Gas is expensive and there’s no way around it. The best way to fight gas prices is to maximize your gas mileage. Here are three ways to dramatically increase your gas mileage for free by just changing a few driving habits.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Lessons From The Lawn Mower

Awhile back I happened to be over at Desert Greens Equipment here in Albuquerque, picking up some parts for my lawnmower.   I saw the owner and took a few minutes to visit with him.  I’m in there a couple of times a year it seems like for one reason or another.  He asked me about my mower and how it was running.  I told him it was running great.  He asked me how old it was.  I told him “18 years.”  He was impressed.  He told me that most owners (it’s a John Deere lawn tractor) get about 8-9 years of use from their lawn tractor before they die. 

Jiffy Lube Transfer Case Service

Transfer Cases are found on four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. This gearbox divides the transmission power output between the rear differential and the front differential. Most transfer cases allow the front wheels to be disengaged and spin freely during normal driving conditions. When desired, power is transferred to all four wheels.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Checklist for Your Vehicle

Nothing ruins a beautiful summer day more than car problems. Here’s a checklist to make sure your vehicle conquers the long, hot days of summer.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Synthetic Oil v. Conventional Oil

When you change your motor oil, whether at Jiffy Lube or in your garage, you have a choice between synthetic oil and conventional oil. Do you know the difference? What blend is better for your vehicle? Does it really matter? Continue reading to find out!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

From Lt. Dan’s Legs - Straight To Your Motor Oil.

How many times have you seen advertisements blast “NEW AND IMPROVED” in your face or a message similar to that letting you know “hey, this stuff is better than the stuff we sold you last time!”  Excuse me if I am a little jaded by all the claims. 

So when Conoco/Phillips 66/Kendall rolled out their “Liquid Titanium” addition to their line of motor oils awhile back,  I was a tad skeptical.   I have heard a lot of stuff has titanium in it, like golf clubs and such.  You may even remember from the movie Forrest Gump when Lt. Dan shows up at Forrest’s wedding and he is standing up.  Forrest says “Lt. Dan, you got legs!”, to which Lt. Dan says “yeah, titanium alloy, it’s the stuff they used on the space shuttle.”  So there you go.  From Lt. Dan’s legs (and the space shuttle!) straight to your motor oil.  I was still not convinced.

Friday, July 12, 2013

How Oil Changes Can Increase MPG

Dirty oil does a poor job of lubricating and cleaning your engine. This inefficiency makes your engine work a little harder, which also hurts your miles per gallon. By changing your oil, you are making sure your engine is running at optimal efficiency.

Here are the main suspects that can decrease oil efficiency:

Friday, July 5, 2013

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Motor oil is the life blood of your vehicle. Oil’s main job is to lubricate and clean the moving parts of your engine. In other words, oil keeps your vehicle running. It is also vital to change your motor oil often. The general rule of thumb is that you should change your oil every 3 months or every 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. However, this is not always the case. Continue reading to find out why!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Jiffy Lube and Phillips 66 - Our Good Just Got Better.

As of June 1 of this year we at Lubricar/Jiffy Lube have changed our featured oils to Kendall products.  Keep in mind that Kendall is one of the brands owned by Phillips 66 and has been around since 1881. One of the reasons we went back to Phillips 66/Conoco/Kendall products that we used to feature several years ago is because of their product lineup.   In gasoline's and in motor oils we speak of “good, better, best” or in
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other words, having a product lineup that offers choices in quality and pricing.  Most oil companies market a conventional oil with no synthetic properties, a synthetic blend which combines synthetic oil with conventional oil and then a full synthetic oil.  Full synthetic is typically going to be the best oil you can buy but also the priciest.  Conventional oils are always the least expensive.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Jiffy Lube App

Have you downloaded the Jiffy Lube App yet? You can find locations, set reminders, store vital records, get tips, and download coupons. The tools you need to help keep your vehicle in top shape, right at your fingertips!

Just download the app for FREE from the App Store for iPhones or from Google Play for Androids.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Meaning of Octane

You see it every time you fuel up at the gas station—octane. What does it mean? Are you using the right one? Continue reading to find out what octane actually means and if you are using the right octane grade.

Monday, June 10, 2013

About the Jiffy Lube Technicians

Here at Lubricar Jiffy Lube, we take care of our customers. Proper customer care starts at proper training for every one of our technicians. Every Jiffy Lube service center technician is required to complete an award-winning Jiffy Lube training program. We are the only company in the fast lube industry to earn the distinction of being an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Training Provider.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Using Your Senses to Prevent Breakdowns and Accidents

Most vehicle breakdowns and traffic accidents can be prevented. What is the most powerful prevention tool? The human senses. Taking a few moments to look after your vehicle and staying on high alert on the road can keep you safe from breakdowns and accidents.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Going Green: Drive Carefully

Optimizing your driving style is another way to “drive green.” Read more to find out how to reduce the environmental impact of your vehicle and increase fuel economy by driving carefully!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Going Green: Maintain Your Vehicle

We all have the ability to minimize our impact on the environment. Just by taking a few easy steps, we can reduce our environmental footprint and make that fresh air just a little more fresh.

One way to “drive green” is to properly maintain your vehicle. Read more to find out how to reduce the environmental impact of your vehicle!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Jiffy Lube Gift Card

Looking for that perfect gift? Look no further than Jiffy Lube. A Jiffy Lube gift card makes an excellent gift for any occasion. It’s the gift that keeps their car running.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Jiffy Lube Automatic Transmission Service

Jiffy Lube’s Automatic Transmission Service will help protect your car’s automatic transmission against undue wear caused by old, depleted fluid and filters. Transmission fluid plays a critical role in lubricating and cooling the vital moving parts of your transmission. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Jiffy Lube Manual Transmission Service

Our Manual Transmission Service helps protect the working parts of your car’s manual transmission. The Jiffy Lube Manual Transmission service flushes out the old, depleted fluid and replaces it with new, manufacturer-recommended transmission fluid that provides better protection for your manual transmission system. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

$10 Off a Jiffy Lube Tire Rotation Service

Do you need to rotate your tires? Click “read more” to find a coupon for $10 off your next tire rotation service at Jiffy Lube. We have also included a reminder as to why rotating your tires is important to the life of your tires.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Facts About Tire Pressure

Proper tire pressure is critical to the health and performance of your vehicle. Did you know that under or over inflated tires can:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Jiffy Lube Differential Service

The Jiffy Lube Differential Service replaces the old, depleted fluid with new, manufacturer-recommended fluid that provides better protection for this important mechanical system. But, what exactly is this important mechanical system? Continue reading to find out.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Jiffy Lube Serpentine Belt Replacement

The serpentine belt is the key that keeps your car running. The belt transfers the power from your engine to other vital components of your car, including the alternator, water pump, power steering pump and the air conditioner compressor. Over time, the serpentine belt becomes worn, cracked and can break and fall off while you are driving. If this happens, your car will only continue to work for a few minutes before it breaks down. Make sure to have your serpentine belt checked and replaced regularly to keep your car on the road, not on the side of the road.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Maintenance Tips: Oil and Filter

Did you know that keeping your oil clean is the most vital step you can take in order to keep your engine healthy? In addition to changing your oil and oil filter regularly, it is important to check your oil level with the dipstick every time you fill up with gas. Driving your vehicle when the oil level is low deprives your engine of the critical lubrication it needs and can cause severe engine problems. Make sure to keep your oil level full to maximize the life of your vehicle.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Jiffy Lube Teen Driver Scholarship Program

If you live in New Mexico, Arizona or Colorado, then check out the Jiffy Lube “What Drives You?” Teen Driver Scholarship Program. The program offers teen drivers the chance to win scholarships from $1,000 to $2,000, depending on which area you live in. There are two categories, one for Driver’s Ed students and one for Licensed Teen drivers.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Jiffy Lube Windshield Repair Service

Rock chips are always one strike away. When they strike, make sure you act quickly to repair the rock chip before it turns into a big crack, thereby ruining the integrity of your windshield. Cracked windshields are dangerous and expensive to replace. Don’t let your next rock chip ruin your windshield, let Jiffy Lube help.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Coupons for Jiffy Lube Oil Change

Are you in dire need of an oil change? Let Jiffy Lube help keep your vehicle in tiptop shape without hurting your wallet. Visit to find deals on our Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change. The coupons are valid at select Jiffy Lubes in New Mexico, Northern Arizona, and Southern Colorado. Click here to find the participating Jiffy Lube nearest you.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Jiffy Lube Radiator Antifreeze/Coolant Service

The engine cooling system in your vehicle circulates antifreeze through the engine and radiator. The antifreeze is formulated to prevent corrosion inside the cooling system and helps to maintain optimal engine operating temperature regardless of outside conditions. Replacing the antifreeze at regular intervals can help prevent overheating, freezing and premature cooling-system corrosion.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Jiffy Lube Fuel System Cleaning Service

Our Fuel System Cleaning Service will help dislodge and remove deposits of dirt and varnish on intake valves and cylinder heads—the very places you need to keep clean in your fuel system. The end result is a cleaner fuel system.