2/2/19 "Molinaro's is the most honest mechanic you'll ever find! Truly a gem! Outstanding service." - Dean Maloney

2/2/19 “Great service! Efficient and honest. I was visiting my 90 yo dad so that I could take him to several doctors app's. When I backed his car out,of the garage there was a puddle of fluid on the floor. Since I was visiting from NY to do this, I needed the car. Jim took the car in that morning and the service was completed by 2pm that day! Thank you!!” - Cindi O’bryan

Cabin Filter: What? Where? When?

Your vehicle's "Cabin Air Filter" often lives in the shadows of the more popular air, gas and oil filters. In fact, many car car owners don’t even know they exist. But they do!

What is a cabin air filter?
The primary purpose of cabin air filters is to filter out pollutants such as dust, pollens and mold from entering the vehicle’s cabin (interior), through the AC ductwork. Besides preventing allergy problems, cabin filters help to improve the quality of air you breath. Over time, a cabin filter may become clogged and restricted with debris, thus reducing the velocity of air delivered from your AC vents. If you feel that the air coming from your AC vents is not as strong as it used to be, you may have a restricted cabin filter.

Where is it located?
Most vehicles since 2000 usually have some type of cabin filter located either behind the glove box or under the hood.

When to replace?
Rule of thumb is to replace the cabin air filter every 15,000 to 25,000 miles or once a year, depending on the area you travel in. If you travel by heavy construction sites or on dirt roads on a daily basis, you may want to check your cabin filter more frequently, every 8000 to 10,000 miles or twice a year. Ask Jim if your vehicle has a cabin filter and if it needs replacing.

What brand filter to use?
Any of the top-name filter makers would be a good choice: Wix, Purolator, Fram just to name a few. Any of these should be more than efficient in filtering out pollutants.

How Often Should You Get an Oil Change?

For years, the accepted oil change interval (as per the car-makers) has been every 3 months or 3 thousand miles, whichever comes first. Why? Because the oils of yesterday degraded and broke down when left in the crankcase environment for longer than the prescribed interval.

Research and development between carmakers and petroleum companies has resulted in improved engine lubricants that properly lubricate your vehicle's engine as well as keep the inside clean of sludge buildup. This buys you more time between oil changes.

Yes, oil is much better than it used to be and there's no doubt that engines are better protected with today's new lubricants, but, I am still a bit squeamish about leaving petroleum­based oil in an engine for 7,500 miles.

So, I have revised my thinking a bit regarding extending oil change intervals. My current revised oil change interval recommendations are: change regular petroleum based oils every 4 to 5 thousand miles and full synthetic oils every 5­ to 7 thousand miles.

At Molinaro's we use Wolf's Head Synthetic Motor Oil for all oil changes. Check our specials page to see if we're currently offering an oil change coupon!

Some Interesting and Helpful Automotive Websites

There is much more to being a car owner than automotive maintenance and repair (although care for your car cannot be understated!). With a lot of resources out there, I'd like to share with you some of my favorites. Here are three interesting websites that provide very useful services for car owners:

Selling your car and don't know where to start? Try Kelly Blue Book.
Just key in some very basic information about your vehicle and you will be provided with a price that a dealer or a private buyer might be willing to pay for it.

Why pay more for gas? Check out GasBuddy.
Enter your zip code and find the closest gas station with the cheapest gas prices!

Questionable car? Investigate theft and fraud at VINCheck.
Supplied by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, VINCheck is a free service provided to the public to assist in determining if a vehicle has been reported as stolen and not recovered or has been reported as a salvage vehicle. A vehicle identification number is required.