Oil Drain Plug Torque Chart 2018

Engine Drain Plug Torque Chart 2018

Happy Labor Day From Costa Oil – We Will Be Closed!

Each year, Labor Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy and our collective prosperity. It gives us a chance to show gratitude for workers’ grit, dedication, ingenuity and strength, which define our nation’s character.

For these reasons we will be closed for Labor day.

For those of us working this Monday we appreciate you and your commitment to keeping the engine running.



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Distributed by MG Lube, New York, NY and MG Lubricants, Old Tappan, NJ

Warning: This oil can cause damage to passenger car engines. In addition to warning consumers about the dangers of this oil to car engines, PQIA also advises retailers to be aware of the issues PQIA has found with this brand. 

PQIA first became aware of an issue with MaxiGuard when it purchased a sample in September 2011 in Elizebeth, NJ. Based on the test results of that sample, PQIA issued a Consumer Alert on MaxiGuard Super Premium Motor Oil on November 18, 2011. Test results showed a product that could cause damage to a passenger car engine. The analysis also showed high levels of iron, aluminum and silicon, which indicate the product may contain used oil.

Here we are seven months later and this product is still on the shelves.

We took another look at MaxiGuard when an angry consumer contacted PQIA after recently purchasing MaxiGuard at a store in Matawan, New Jersey. He said the product looked and smelled like used oil and he was very concerned it might do damage to his engine. He also said he brought this issue to the attention of the store owner and was told the product would be removed from the shelves.

In response to the call, and understanding PQIA had previously issued a Consumer Alert on this brand, PQIA visited the store in Matawan, NJ and found the product was still on the shelf. We purchased samples of MaxiGuard 10W-30 and 10W-40 and what we found is nothing short of appalling. The products not only fail to meet their labeled viscosity grades, but their chemical signature, appearance, and odor strongly suggest these bottles contain used oil.


Based on these findings, PQIA issues a DON’T BUY on MAXIGUARD

This oil can cause damage to a passenger car engine.


Potholes Pack a Powerful Punch

Winter is pothole season and this year, they are packing a powerful punch. After hitting a pothole, most drivers wonder, “Is my car OK?” While the tires and wheels can be visually inspected, there could be damage to the steering, suspension and alignment systems that you just can’t see. To help determine if hitting a pothole has damaged your vehicle, watch for the following warning signs provided by the Car Care Council.

  • Loss of control, swaying when making routine turns, bottoming out on city streets or bouncing excessively on rough roads. These are indicators that the steering and suspension may have been damaged. The steering and suspension are key safety-related systems. Together, they largely determine your car’s ride and handling. Key components are shocks and/or struts, the steering knuckle, ball joints, the steering rack/box, bearings, seals and hub units and tie rod ends.
  • Pulling in one direction, instead of maintaining a straight path, and uneven tire wear. These symptoms mean there’s an alignment problem. Proper wheel alignment is important for the lifespan of tires and helps ensure safe handling.
  • Low tire pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls, or dents in the rim. These problems will be visible and should be checked out as soon as possible as tires are the critical connection between your car and the road in all sorts of driving conditions.

“Snow, cold temperatures and rainfall can lead to potholes, and with the wintery weather that has covered most of the country this year, navigating the streets could be difficult,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “If you’ve hit a pothole and suspect that there may be damage to the tires, wheels, steering and suspension or wheel alignment, it’s worth having a professional technician check out the car and make any necessary repairs.”

As a general rule of thumb, steering and suspension systems should be checked at least once a year and wheels should be aligned at the same interval. Motorists who live in areas where potholes are common should be prepared to have these systems checked more frequently.

Potholes occur during the winter and spring months, when water permeates the pavement – usually through a crack from wear and tear of traffic – and softens the soil beneath it, creating a depression in the surface of the street. Many potholes appear during winter and spring months because of freeze-thaw cycles, which accelerate the process. Potholes can also be prevalent in areas with excessive rainfall and flooding.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.

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