To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.

On Monday, MacDougal added another new baby to his house….he bought a truck. You see, he had an old Camaro that he has been driving since he was 16. And it just doesn’t work in the baby carrying, car seat installing department! That and it has trouble starting, overheats and generally needs a little TLC. The Camaro has been retired from regular duty, but is not gone from our lives. It has now become Mr. Vixen’s car project. (try not be jealous this isn’t sitting in your driveway right now, undergoing starter replacement #5 in the last two days–ahhh old cars gotta love ’em)

We’ve been through many a car here at Vixen’s Den, as we are always used car owners and do most repairs ourselves (okay Mr. Vixen is the handy one ). Throughout the years I have learned a tremendous amount about car repair and car care. Gradually over the years of my growth and understanding, Mr. Vixen now comes to me for ideas when he is stuck! Mostly, I turn to the internet and forums for help. Today I found a great site for automotive advise, with the added bonus that I get a little female empowerment boost when I go there! You should drop by and pay a visit to AskPatty yourself!

April is both National Car Care and National Informed Women Month and a perfect opportunity to get empowered to care for your car! Did you know that in the United States the average age of cars and light trucks on the roads today has reached a record high of 9.4 years? That means it’s more important than ever to take proper care of your vehicle.

With the informative Web site (created by the maker of industry-leading brands Pennzoil and Quaker State) you can easily locate key information about how quality motor oils can help prolong your engine’s life and improve overall efficiency, as well as help answer other questions you may have about motor oil. In addition, the site offers a fun, educational game for you to play called “M.O.M. Knows Best” where you can put your motor mind to the test with an interactive quiz.

Did you know?

  • According to a recent survey from the Automotive Service Association, more than 54 percent of customers who take their vehicles for service and repair are women
  • Using a high-quality motor oil in the right grade can help maximize fuel economy
  • Low-quality oils that do not meet industry standards or the vehicle manufacturer’s requirements could cost consumers in the long run by potentially damaging the vehicle’s engine or possibly voiding the manufacturer’s warranty
  • Another reason to look to a high-quality motor oil – like Pennzoil and Quaker State – is that it is designed to meet the demands of today’s engines
  • Your chance to learn and win!

    Empower and educate yourselves ladies (and gents) and you shall be rewarded! Go to either of the sites above and see if you can learn something new! Come back here and share it in the comments. If you do, you are entered to win a $35 gift card from JiffyLube! Contest will end on May 6th at midnight PST time and chosen by Be sure to leave a valid email address with your comment so I can contact you when you win!

    Please note: Some of the information above and the Jiffy Lube gift cards were all given to me by Shell Lubricants and through MyBlogSpark.


    Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.


    WW~I Seem To Have This Effect On My Granchildren


    1. mIsS mArY

      I learned that my stop and go fast driving is called severe driving, although my husband would probably say he could have told you that. I also learned that the W in the name 5W, 10W oil stands for winter not weight like I thought it did!

    2. ~A

      Aww, miss mary used mine. I had NO idea the W stood for winter either!
      .-= ~A´s last blog ..Writer’s Workshop =-.

    3. “National Car Care” and “National Informed Women Month” AND “National Poetry Month”???? wowza!!!
      .-= Wacky Mommy´s last blog ..go bootleg, go bootleg… =-.

    4. I learned that i am a severe driver :/
      but dont tell my husb or I’ll be sad, lol

      I soooooo want to pick me!
      .-= Lily´s last blog ..Mother’s Day Gift Guide!!!!!! =-.

    5. ROFLMAO I couldn’t resist your “Get lubed for free” tweet. *gigggggles* Yay for new trucks. We love our new one!

    6. I’ve never owned a new car.. only new to me cars. Thank goodness Mr. Skittles is handy 🙂
      .-= Skittles´s last blog ..Until Then =-.

    7. I grew up working on cars with my Dad. Since we live in the city, we don’t have a place to do any of that work. Amazing but true. Good for you for doing all of this. You amaze and inspire.
      .-= On a limb with Claudia´s last blog ..Chaos and Order =-.

    8. Brittany

      I had NO idea what the w stood for in 10w but now I do. Winter.

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