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Confession time: I’ve been neglecting my baby. My first one.
In the years since she joined our family, I’ve gone from doting, meticulous mommy to a terrible procrastinator, leaving her disheveled and lonely, while I only had eyes for the new little ones who have since stolen my heart.
And by baby, I mean my beloved Honda Civic. She’s always been there for me, but lately I just haven’t been giving her the love and attention she deserves.
I’m not proud of myself. The inside of my car is filled with stuff – bags of clothes for donation that never seem to get dropped off, our trusty toy shopping cart, four thousand reusable shopping bags and tons of grocery store magazines and flyers I pick up in the name of work research (and then leave in the trunk.)
And a shoe that’s straight outta 1995.
I know this is totally judgeworthy. I deserve it.
And the outside? Dirty. The kind of cruddy dirt that comes with a Pennsylvania winter. I’ve been pretty open about the anxiety that set in during my last pregnancy, but did I ever tell you about the time I jumped out of my car during a drive-thru car wash? Yeah, I haven’t been back since. Unless my husband does it, I just don’t.
But really, none of those things are too devastating. Easily fixed in an afternoon with some cleaning wipes and garbage bags, and a trip to the Goodwill. But the one thing I try to never do is neglect my car’s oil changes. I get them done every time they’re due because I know the dangers of letting your car run on dirty, sludgy oil.
Especially now that we’re heading up toward 210,000 miles! They grow up so fast, don’t they? ::sniff::
But here’s the thing – one of the reasons my car gets so messy is that I just never have any spare time. (Who does, right?) And it doesn’t magically appear no matter how badly I need an oil change, so this month, I took my girl into the Tire & Lube express at Walmart. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t done it before, because getting my shopping done (in peace!) while my car gets a good once-over is multitasking at its finest!
And a serious once-over it was, too. Just look at the list of things they checked, all for one low price:
Note that it says I really needed a battery. Who knew? I’m so glad they checked, or I could have been stuck at work this winter, and that’s 65 miles from home! Or worse yet, I could have been stuck with the kids somewhere in bad weather. I’m so thankful I was able to get it replaced before we had a problem. (For the sake of disclosure, I did not get the battery at Walmart. I had it checked at another garage the next day who confirmed that it really was on its last legs.)
Note that it also says I declined the carpet vacuum. Yeah, well, you couldn’t even see the carpet, which is a little embarrassing, so I used this trip to Walmart as a springboard for a full week of car care. I’m stopping today to drop off my donations, I’m condensing my shopping bags down to four regular and one insulated, and I’m throwing away that shoe.
To keep up with the clean-up, I’m also stocking my car with the stuff I picked up while I was waiting for my car. Paper towels, cleaning wipes, a roll of small garbage bags, and an extra bottle of the same Pennzoil the Walmart technician used. I’m burning a bit of oil these days, so I need to make sure I have extra on hand, plus it gives me peace of mind to know that we’re using an oil that helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in worn or higher mileage engines. It’s a motor oil that is specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles (in our case, way over) to help keep the engines running clean and going strong for a long time.
Just think of it as buying yourself and your high-mileage vehicle a little extra time, just by stopping at Walmart and requesting Pennzoil. (And you won’t have to sit in some dirty waiting room with bad coffee and a vending machine full of old Good & Plenty.)
Pennzoil is also available in conventional and Platinum varieties, and all Pennzoil products help clean out sludge that lesser oils leave behind. They provide complete protection from friction and allow you to drive an extra 550 miles per year that you wouldn’t get with a dirty engine. And to top off your oil change, Pennzoil offers a free warranty that covers 15 engine parts that may fail due to engine wear or which experience abnormal wear due to friction. (For more information, check out the Pennzoil Warranty Site.)
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