Change Your Friggin’ Oil!

Your oil needs to be changed regularly.  Oil is the “blood” of your engine; and your engine is the heart that keeps your beater going and going.  If your like me you occasionally neglect to change your oil for over a year and then your beloved Sentra blows up, but hopefully most of you guys are smarter than I am.
Here’s a couple videos that show you why its important to change your oil, or at least what happens when you don’t.

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Part 2:

“How A Gasoline Engine Works” (1941)

Here’s an old educational video Chevy produced in the ’40s that explains the basics of how an engine works. Much of this information is still relevant too!  Check it out:



Engines haven’t changed much since their early days.  Sure, there’s been the addition  of forced induction, fuel injection, and hybrid power systems; but the basic mechanics are still basically the same.  I have an old textbook from the University of Wisconsin Madison from the 1915 called “The Gasoline Automobile” that I regularly flip through. Its a fantastic look into the past when supercharging was a new technology for production cars and wooden frames were the norm.

“Porsche Carrera 3.2 Engine Teardown”

We’ve been obsessed with engine tear-down videos lately.  A dirty engine can tell you volumes about how the car was used.  This very beaten-on Porsche Carrera 3.2L engine gets taken apart and some new life breathed into it.  Even pretty sports cars can be beaters.  Check out the video:

Bringing A Triumph Engine Back To Life

Watch as a beat up old Triumph Spitfire engine gets torn down and rebuilt.  We always advocate getting a bit dirty and fixing your beaters before sending it off to “Great Junkyard In The Sky”.  It may be tough to stick with it, but the satisfaction of fixing and keeping your beater alive is well worth the work.



Official Video Description:

Started out as just a collection of snaps as I stripped down an engine bought off ebay. (To replace my old engine, which had suffered catastrophic failure). The snaps were so that I remembered how everything went, so I could put it back together again.

Then I realised it’d be quite cool to make it an animation. found some suitable music, rekindled my ancient knowledge of Premiere, storyboarded it, shot it as I worked on the engine (my poor DSLR got covered in engine oil), this was the result.

The music is “In The Hall Of The Mountain King” from Edvard Griegs “Peer Gynt Suite”
I own a suitable license for this piece of music, supplied by Chris Worth Productions