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The true cost of an oil change

As vehicle manufacturers move to make engines more efficient, a simple mistake changing your own oil could cost you big. From increased fuel consumption to outright engine damage, this routine maintenance task may be better left to the experts. Things to consider: 

  • Seasonality – Moisture degrades the ability of oil to properly lubricate your engine. If you don’t drive often, or for only short distances, letting oil sit in your vehicle (particularly during very wet and cold months) can dilute the mixture; not only affecting your vehicle’s performance but contributing to corrosion over the long term.
  • Mileage – While conventional wisdom holds that you should change your oil at least every 6 months, your vehicle could need a change anywhere between 3,000 and 10,000 miles. If you wait for a dashboard indicator alone to tell you when it’s time, you might end up stuck on the side of the beltway. Sudden increases in fuel consumption, vibrations when idling, or a knocking sound from the engine could all be indicators it’s time for a change.
  • Make/Model – Newer cars are more likely to need a full synthetic, rather than conventional, oil change for maximum performance. Again though, the decision may not be that simple. Some imported and exotic vehicles require oil that adheres to special standards from their market of origin, and daily drivers past a certain mileage may benefit from additional additives to seal and protect your engine from extended heat damage.
  • Additional Maintenance – Don’t forget the oil filter! Putting a filter on dry, forgetting to put on a new O-ring, or accidentally stripping threads on the drain plug could all lead to lower performance and repairs down the road.

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Recent Stories

Good Friday evening, Arlington. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar. đź•— News recap The following articles were published earlier today…

Spend the first Sunday of March tasting a great wine selection at Arrowine’s Super Sunday Tasting!

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New properties just listed in Arlington include a 3 BD/3 BA home with an expanded kitchen, fireplace and two lower levels.

March General Membership Meeting

NAACP Arlington Branch is celebrating Women’s History Month with a virtual public safety and Virginia legislative update. Our speakers are Commonwealth’s Attorney Parisa Dehghani-Tafti and Delegate Adele McClure.

Guest Speakers

Adele McClure
Virginia House of Delegates, 2nd District in Arlington

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Early Years Preschool is a small non-profit preschool and parents day out program that has served local families since 1992. Early Years Preschool is located in the Cherrydale neighborhood at 3701 Lorcom Lane.

Early Years Preschool offers part-time programs for young children between 12 months – 5 years old. Early Years also offers a 6 week summer program! The school day is 9:30-2:30, with the option of morning extended day offered at 9am. Families have the flexibility of registering for 1-3 days/week in their parent’s day out program (12 months- 2 year olds) and 2-5 days/week for their preschool program (3-5 year olds).

Early Years’ teachers provide a nurturing environment that promotes the development of a child’s emotional, social, cognitive, and physical skills. Creative and stimulating theme-based activities allow each child to develop and learn at his or her own pace through exploration and play.

Learn more about Early Years Preschool by contacting the admissions team at [email protected] or by visiting their website at

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Alternative Thursdays

Dedicated to the notion that fans of the Smiths and Morrissey want to hear some of the greatest music ever written in a true live concert setting, Caligula Blushed delivers an authentic rendition of Smiths/Morrissey songs, with each performance based

Renegade Mode

Having worked with the likes of Gary Numan, DJ Neidermeyer lends authenticity a go-go. Enough to satisfy even the purists.

The Renegade boasts all of the virtues of Arlington’s premier music venues while providing bar bites that rival most restaurants


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