What Is Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic motor oil has been available for a while now, but not many car owners understand the difference between it and conventional motor oil. Obviously, one is from a natural source, and one is entirely man-made. But what does this mean to an engine?

Synthetic oil is recommended for engines that generate higher temperatures and pressures in the combustion cylinder. Many of today's car fit into this category. Some, however, do just fine with conventional oil.

Using synthetic oil in an engine that is designed with conventional oil in mind will not harm anything. But using conventional oil


What Does Your Car's Transmission Do?

Your car's transmission provides power so that your wheels can move at a certain speed. Your transmission shifts gears just like you probably have done on a bicycle. If you don't keep a transmission maintained, you could have problems with fuel economy or simply not be able to drive at all. There are also different types of transmissions.

With a manual transmission, you are shifting the gears. The driver shifts up and down with a clutch and shifter. You can switch between low and high gears depending on how fast you want to go with the power that…

Are Your Headlights Making It Hard to Drive at Night?

Do you find that it is becoming more difficult to see while driving at night. Maybe it's not your eyes that are causing the problem. It could be your headlights instead. You may not realize it, but over time headlights become dim due to clouding and scratches and it may be possible to restore them to their original state of brightness. Here is a trick that some people use to do that without spending a lot of money.

Pick up a headlight cleaning kit from your local auto supply store and follow the instructions. Everything you will need is…

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Get the Most Out of Your Tires with Regular Rotations

Your tires are a very critical piece of equipment for your vehicle. Due to the nature of the function that they perform you are going to notice that they need to be replaced more often than most other parts of your car, truck, or SUV. And because they are not known for being a cheap item to replace, it is only natural that you would want to get as much out of them as you can.

Fortunately there are steps that you can take to maximize their lifespan. This starts with having them rotated regularly. During the rotation, the air…

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When the Roads are Wet, Your Car Can Hydroplane

Hydroplaning occurs when there is too much water on the road, and your tires are not able to displace it fast enough. Get your tires checked at Zimbrick Volkswagen of Madison by talking with our technician from our service center to see if need air in your tires and if the tread is still good.

When you are driving down the road in the rain and your car feels like it is slipping, this is hydroplaning. You can end up losing complete control of your vehicle if you aren't paying enough attention.

If the rain is heavy, slow down…

Tips for Safety During a Roadside Emergency

Roadside emergencies can happen to anyone, at any time. If you do have an emergency while you're on the road, it's important to know how to stay safe. You can prepare for them even before you drive, too.

Before you drive, equip your vehicle with an emergency kit and keep it in the car at all times. The kit should include flares and reflective triangles that are used to alert other drivers to your presence on the side of the roadway. Also, make sure that all the car's lights work properly, and clean them often. Get to…


Why Oil Viscosity Ratings Matter to Your Vehicle

Motor oil limits damaging friction among an engine's moving parts. Viscosity ratings describe an oil's ability to ensure the smooth interaction of moving parts. Low viscosity oil will flow faster than high viscosity oil, and temperature affects viscosity. The dual numbers on a bottle of motor oil represent its viscosity under cold and hot conditions.

A common viscosity rating that you'll see is 10W-30. The first figure indicates the viscosity of a cold engine. Once the engine heats up, the viscosity rises to a rating of 30. Your vehicle's manufacturer will have calculated the right...

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Newer Vehicles Might Need Fewer Oil Changes Than You Think

If you're concerned with oil change costs on a new vehicle, you're in for a great surprise. Zimbrick Volkswagen of Madison would like to clear up some confusion regarding getting oil changes. We've been told for a long time that the secret to keeping your car like new is getting an oil change every 3,000 miles. While this may have held true in the past, new technology has extended this time frame considerably.


How to Handle Tire Pressure During Different Weather Conditions

The weather happens to play a major role in how you inflate your car tires. It is that time of the year when you don’t want to overinflate your tires. On the other hand, underinflating our tires during the winter season is also a major problem. So, how do you make sure you don’t spoil your tires as a result of different weather conditions?

Most modern cars come with a tire pressure monitoring system that is activated the moment you deviate from the recommended inflation pressure on your tires. In the case where your car does not have…

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Keeping Your Tank Filled Is Beneficial During Winter

As everyone is getting prepared for winter, many drivers fall back on seasonal habits at Zimbrick Volkswagen of Madison. There are many important decisions that you can make for the long-term success of your vehicle this winter. However, one of the most important decisions that you can make is keeping your fuel tank filled. It may seem like a small step, but it's a step that reduces many risks in the process.


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