warmupMetal-to-metal contact is when all machinery components wear. The application of lubricants to a mechanical environment is what diminishes that wear. When your vehicle has been sitting for any appreciable time like overnight, the oil has settled into the bottom of the oil pan of the engine and into the lower areas of all the other components containing fluids. When the vehicle starter is activated and the engine begins to turn over the oil pump comes to life before the engine can fire. Oil is quickly pumped forcefully throughout the engine and then the engine starts. With lubricants already in the upper areas of the engine from which they drained during the shutdown, there is minimal metal-to-metal contact.

Even in warmer climates or summer weather the oil must reach operating temperature before it works most effectively. The colder the ambient temperature, the longer it takes for the oil to be warm enough to do the job. A vehicle owner who wants to prolong the life of the mechanical components of their car, truck or conversion van should plan on allowing the engine to warm up at an idle for at least a minute in warm weather and up to four minutes when the temperature is hovering around freezing. At near freezing temperatures it may take as much as three minutes or more before the oil is warm enough to circulate freely in an engine.

When the vehicle is first started after a long, cold night, the driver should avoid revving the engine until the temperature gauge begins to rise. This ensures that the metal parts are protected from frictional wear. This practice may add thousands of miles to the mechanical life of the engine. To warm up the transmission and differential fluids the vehicle should be driven slowly for the first few miles. If the vehicle has been parked for only a few hours and had been adequately warmed up when first started, it isn’t necessary to be so protective.

Another consideration is to select the proper lubricants for the season. Modern multiple viscosity motor oils are the best because they will perform like low viscosity oil when cold and then act like a much more viscous oil when they are hot. This is accomplished by the addition of polymer viscosity enhancers that expand when warm, thus making the oil thicker and more protective of the warm engine parts.

Let’s be honest.

You are not in the market for a heavy duty pickup to take the kids to school or Grandma to the grocery store. If you are a serious buyer, there is only one real reason—you have work to do and lots of it. And if that truck can also handle the mundane chores of everyday life, all the better.

If that’s you, you have probably already had your eye on the GMC Sierra Denali.  Power seats with their own climate control system and a heated steering wheel will actually make you look forward to cold winter mornings. The Denali is engineered to reduce noise and vibration for a quiet, more refined ride, and makes it easy to enjoy the Bose Centerpoint Sound System. You will have to be careful that you don’t keep driving right past your destination, you‘ll be so comfortable!   

But again, hauling and towing are why you are looking at this truck, and the Denali scores again and again. Thirteen thousand pounds conventional trailering capacity and a maximum 17,000 pounds fifth wheel trailering capacity means you can haul just about anything you need to. The standard Hill Start Assist keeps your vehicle and trailer from rolling backward when launching up an incline. 

The Denali is also fuel efficient. With up to a 36 gallon tank, you can travel up to 680 miles on one tank, which keeps you on the road and not at the pumps. In this day and age, that’s a big consideration.

What are you waiting for? There is work to be done, and there is no time like the present. You need to get to Dave Arbogast in Troy, Ohio today—their selection, price and service stand out above the rest. Call 1-866-975-3287 today. They don’t just want to sell you a truck, they want you as a customer for life!


Though its facilities are modest, ORC (Ohio Recycling Center) Computer Repair stands tall on the principles of its owner’s faith and his emphasis on personalized service. Tom Flint says he doesn’t go to work eachday for his own financial gain but, rather, to help customers with their computer issues in an honest manner at a reasonable price, while serving the Lord. Flint treats his job as a type of ministry, donating a portion of all proceeds to the New Path Ministries of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church. “We are here working for God, and that’s who I serve,” he says.

Over 35 Years Of Computer Experience With over 35 years experience repairing and working on computers, Flint has encountered most every problem possible, and knows how to dig into the circuitry and find a solution. While very proficient with desktops, he specializes in laptop repair and has over 3,500 spare parts in stock. It’s an inventory he claims can’t be matched anywhere else. For Flint, repairing computers is simply a way of life. He no longer considers it actual work. “I’ve done it for so long, it’s all common sense for me. I rarely need to run any programs to tell me what’s wrong.” ORC Computer Repair opened a month ago at 3435 S. County Rd. 25-A.

Flint had previously owned Disk-Go-Tech and, most recently, System Clone in Vandalia. He opted to downsize to a small-town computer store with friendly, personalized service. “It’s like your neighborhood barber shop. Come in and I’ll know your name and you will know mine,” he said. Flint values customer trust and relies heavily on positive word of mouth to build on his existing reputation for excellence and knowledge. He vows to always be honest and never take advantage of anyone by overcharging. The flat rate for any repair, no matter how extensive, is only $60, plus parts, and includes free diagnostics. A fee of $20 is charged for any ‘quick fixes.’ “I’m not here to make a million off a few people but, if I can make one dollar off a million people, that would be fine,” he said. Typically, Same-Day Service In most cases, Flint is able to return the computer on the same day or shortly thereafter.

He typically works on up to 10 computers each day. The greatest joy for the business owner comes when he’s able to restore a CPU for someone who feared their vital information and photographs had been lost forever. He strongly recommends backing up all files. For those looking to purchase a computer, ORC Computer Repair also sells desktops for $100 or less and laptops beginning at $250. All are used and in good working condition after being refurbished by Flint. He has something to fit any need, whether it’s just to play solitaire or a second computer for children to use. In partnership with the Ohio Recycling Center, ORC Computer Repair accepts any unit that would otherwise be thrown away. “We are becoming one of the biggest drop-off centers for electronics in order to keep them out of the landfills,” Flint says. “We re-sell them at a reasonable price to those who maybe can’t afford a new computer.” Flint works hard to ensure that ORC Computer Repair lives up to its motto of “Small Building…Big Service.” He recently started penning Tipp Top PC Tips, a technology column for the Tippecanoe Gazette that draws on his decades of computer experience. More information can be found at www.orccomputers.com.