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New Tundra Owners – Should You Use Synthetic Oil?

We get asked this question all the time: “I just got a new Tundra and I want to treat it right – should I use synthetic oil? If so, should it be full synthetic or synthetic blend?” The answer: It depends.

Should you use synthetic oil in your new truck? Find out the answer below.

Should you use synthetic oil in your new truck? Find out the answer below.

Synthetic oil has fewer impurities, better properties at high temperatures than natural oil, slightly better viscosity, and it’s more resistant to breakdown. Therefore, synthetic is better for an engine. However, whether or not it’s better for your engine depends on a few things…

NOTE: If you’re rolling in a 2010 or newer Tundra, you’re probably using 0W-20 oil, which is only available as a synthetic. This is the oil of choice for newer Tundras mostly because it improves fuel economy. It’s some of the best oil available, and unless you’re doing something really extraordinary, sticking with Toyota’s recommended 0W20 is best.

Post last updated September 2013.

Nano-Clear Coating Review – The Science is Cool, But The Results Are Underwhelming

Nano-Clear Review

Nano-Clear Review

I’m a science nerd, so when I read about Nano-Clear – a new coating that promises to restore the original luster of plastic parts, protect painted surfaces, reduce aerodynamic drag, and even “self heal” minor scratches, I was excited. So excited I didn’t hesitate to order a small bottle of the stuff from the Nanovere Technologies website. that is supposed to restore textured plastics, i.e. the often faded black plastic used for truck mirrors, bed rails, etc.

When my small bottle of Nano-Clear coating arrived, I couldn’t wait to put it to the test. While I’m still a huge fan of the idea behind Nano-Clear, my simple review of the product was underwhelming.

Should You Sea Foam Your Tundra? I Wouldn’t

A recent thread on TundraSolutions.com about using Sea Foam – a chemical designed to remove carbon deposits from inside your engine – got Tim and I talking. Would we use it on our vehicles? Why or why not?

Sea Foam Pros and Cons

Should you use Sea Foam on your Tundra? There are a lot of reasons to be cautious.

While I don’t think Sea Foam is bad for vehicles (it isn’t, at least if it’s used correctly), I’d say that it’s a bad investment for most vehicle owners. Here’s why:

Tundra Headliner Removal – A DIY Guide

Removing the headliner in your Tundra is technically sort of “easy”– it’s just very, very time-consuming. If you’re wondering why you’d remove the headliner:

  1. You might want to replace your existing stained or sagging headliner
  2. You’re looking to add sound-proofing or insulation

Here’s a step-by-step guide to headline removal with photos.

How to Remove a Tundra Headliner

 

How To Choose The Best Brake Pads

Choosing the right brake pads for your vehicle can be a challenge. There are numerous types of pads available – organic, semi-metallic, and ceramic – and lots of companies that sell them. Everyone – from your local dealership to your local oil change shop – sells some sort of brake pad that promises to do the job of stopping your car, but which is right for your vehicle?

Green Stuff brake pads

What brake pads should you buy? Are OEM pads always best, or are after-market pads basically the same?

Before you buy a set of replacement pads, here are some important things to consider and a look at the most popular brake pad options.

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