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I was alarmed this morning during my pre-trip inspection that I had low oil. Upon closer inspection it appears that the tip of my dipstick has broken off. Now what should I do? Do I need to worry about the 3 inches of plastic floating on my oil pan? I happen to have a Volvo dealer about 30 miles in the wrong direction so I could take it in this morning... Advice?
I recently bought a 2007 Fleetwood Fiesta with 8500 miles on it. I took it to a local shop (NOT CW) and they suggested I have all of the fluids changed. They suggested transmission fluid exchange (284.27), Flush cooling system with Dexcool (173.90), Darin and fill differential with synthetic fluid (101.00), flush power steering (118.00), new serpentine belt (160.00). Everyone on here feels like a trusted person to me so I am asking for opinions on all of this. I am new to all of this mechanical stuff and not sure what needs to be done or is an option. Thanks in advance for your help.
We scoured a few of the news reports from today about AAA's claims that gas prices will be even cheaper in 2016 than last year. Learn where gas was the cheapest in 2015 and when gas might be the most expensive this year: http://youngfulltimers.com/gas-will-be-even-cheaper-in-2016-learn-where-itll-be-cheapest/
Big oil is losing its grip on the auto industry; and, perhaps more interestingly, the recent drop in oil prices is at least partly the result of demand destruction rather than simply being a supply issue; according to analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). A number of recent presentations by BNEF analysts went over many of the finer points and specifics of these assertions, providing some interesting insights (imo). A nice break from watching the US “pat itself on the back for the riches flowing from fracking wells” — those are Reed Lamberg’s words over at Bloomberg Business, if you’re wondering. As far as the link between the fossil fuel industry and the auto industry weakening — much of this is simply the result of low-emissions cars gaining ground on conventional ones, according to the analysts. (I have my doubts that this is the only major cause. It seems that declining rates of ‘economic prosperity’ and resource availability are playing into this fall in oil demand as well.) There is a lot to learn in the complete article and charts from their research. Startling really. Except: "While the U.S. pats itself on the back for the riches flowing from fracking wells, an upheaval in clean energy is quietly loosening the oil industry's grip on the automotive industry. Presentations by analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this week pick away at the idea that supply alone is behind the plunge in crude prices to $50 a barrel. The presentation also shows that low-pollution cars are gaining ground, weakening the link between oil and driving. The result: Future transport is likely to look a lot different than what the major oil companies are fueling now. Instead of biofuels such as ethanol and green diesel making the internal-combustion engine fit into a world with greenhouse gas limits, wholesale new solutions are coming fast. “Where we are is in an age of plenty,” said Michael Liebreich, BNEF's founder. “We have cheap oil, cheap gas, cheap renewables. You do have an abundance of supply in a way you haven't had for decades. We also are in an age of competition.” The author goes on to show why investors who still think oil investments are blue chip investments, might want to see that the big guys pulling out of oil investments are not just "greenies" taking their money out in environmental protest. If the money ride were not ending with oil they would stay for the profits. Pulling out for investment revenue declines can also be spun as ecological responsibility, which makes good press. The article covering the whys in depth with the trends clearly seen on the history graphs, it might be time to assess fallback positions from oil as a portfolio cornerstone. The whole article from Bloomberg is here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-16/big-oil-is-about-to-lose-control-of-the-auto-industry