Auto Maintenance Basics: Motor Oil and Filter

October 8, 2015
 Motor oil helps keeps your engine parts lubricated. The more automotive technology advances, the more engines rely on clean motor oil to keep everything moving the way it should despite the increasing velocity, pressure and friction. But, it can’t work alone.

The next time you sip a cup of coffee, look at the mug. An oil filter is usually around the same size and is responsible for a lot more. (That’s a big statement coming from a coffee addict like myself.) The oil filter acts like the gatekeeper, keeping debris particles from making their way into the engine oil. If the oil filter becomes clogged or stops working effectively, impurities can work their way into your engine’s oil, resulting in low oil pressure and expensive repairs.

Where, what and how you drive all affects how often your oil and filter need to be changed. Defer to your owners manual  for the recommended oil change interval that’s right for your ride.

The above was written by Lauren Henderson and was published by GoDrive magazine Winter 2015

FREE Pumpkin Patch to Benefit Idaho Fallen Firefighters Foundation

September 30, 2015
              Fall is here and what better way to decorate than with pumpkins that help a great non-profit organization!  The annual Boise Fire Pumpkin Patch Fund Raiser to benefit the Idaho Fallen Firefighters Foundation will be held on Saturday, October 3 at Boise Fire Station #10 (12065 West McMillan Road).

"It's been a lot of fun to grow these pumpkins and to see the families take them home to enjoy. We have all shapes and sizes to choose from.  The best part of this event is we are able to raise funds for the Idaho Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  Should the worst happen to one of our Idaho Firefighters, we want to make sure the family is provided for. That's what this fund is all about," said Boise Firefighter and event organizer Travis Schlabs.

Schlabs says about 1,400 pumpkins are in the patch behind Boise Fire Station 10. About 100 of those are the Atlantic Dill Giant Pumpkin variety, weighing between 100 and 200 pounds!

How to get a Pumpkin:

When: Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Boise Fire Station 10 back lot, 12065 West McMillan Road.  Carpooling is encouraged as parking is available, but limited.  Overflow parking provided by the bank next door to the station.

Cost: Events and pumpkins are FREE with your donation to the IFFF

What Else?

  • Kids can enjoy a Dalmatian dog bounce house.
  • Kids can have fun learning fire safety and prevention in the Boise Fire Safe House.
  • FREE Donuts, coffee and hot chocolate 
  • Boise Fire Union Local 149 will have the popular Boise State Fire Engine available for tours and photos! 

  • About the Idaho Fallen Firefighter Foundation

    It is the mission of the Idaho Fallen Firefighters Foundation to honor Idaho’s firefighters who have died in the line of duty and provide necessary resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives. 

    The Idaho Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a non-profit organization that recognizes line-of-duty deaths of career and volunteer structural firefighters in the State of Idaho. The IFFF provides support to the families of firefighters who are seriously injured or have died in the line of duty, and offers a variety of programs to support the health and safety of firefighters statewide.

Einstein’s Customer Quotables

September 23, 2015
"These guys are incredible. Top-notch service at the same prices as the other dingy lube shacks around town. They greet you with a newspaper, Wi-Fi enabled tablet, and beverage of your choice. The staff is very friendly and engaging--something I didn't expect a half hour before closing time. My favorite thing about Einstein's is the video monitors near the driver's side that allow you to watch what's going on under the hood and below the vehicle. Very cool act of transparency that just gives you a good vibe. The high-spirited communication between employees is amazing as well. Definitely get the impression that the guys enjoy working there. Very happy with my experience at Einstein's. Looks like I've found my new spot." -Tim M. via Yelp