So, A while back, I was changeing my oil on my truck, and one of my neigbors walk by. She says "I sure see you working on your truck alot, what are you doing all the time?". I tell her that Im doing routine maintinance, like changeing the oil, etc. She asks, "How often do you change the oil?" I tell her every 3000 miles or so. Then I ask, " How often do you change your oil?". She tells me she doesnt know. "What do you mean, 'you dont know?" She then says, "I havent changed it yet."....
Now, She has had this car for 3 years. Its a Chevy Metro, with a Suzuki engine, And she bought it new.
I say, "How many miles do you have on it?" She tells me 58,000. "You havent had the oil changed in 58,000 miles???????"
"No" she says, "Is that bad?".......Ummmm......YES.
I pull the dipstick and the oil is about the consistancy of tar. How that little engine could start and run is beyond me..I do a quick inspection of her car, and find the air filter is completely blocked, and being sucked into the airbox. I tell her to go to this friend of mines shop, have them drain and flush the engine, change the oil, and air filter, and inspect anything they can.
A day goes by, and she comes up to me with a big smile on her face. "I cant belive how much POWER this car has!!!" she says.
No, I tell her. It doesnt have anymore than when you bought it, it is just less work the engine has to do to overcome all the resistance it had built up due to lack of maintinance.
Now, The amazing thing I find in this is that the little suzuki engine had been able to #1. run, #2. RUN WITHOUT THROWING AN ENGINE LIGHT.