1. Car Hacks for Happy Kids 2018

    “Are we there yet?” Sound familiar? Kids and cars don’t often go well together. It’s the cramped quarters, complaining, messes, and sick stomachs that make road trips (no matter how short – we could be talking about a short run to the grocery store!) stressful and unenjoyable for drivers and travelers, alike! And while we don’t have a solution for tummy troubles, we can offer up a few …Read More

  2. CARFAX Integration

    Love it or hate it, technology is an impactful part of our society today and at LOF-Xpress™, we want to embrace that! We’re always working to ensure that our technology helps streamline, organize, and simplify your life – the foundation of our 3-5 minute oil change! To complement our exceptional oil change services at LOF-Xpress™, we utilize CARFAX technology, in order to provide you with …Read More

  3. Is It Antifreeze or Coolant?

    The flash of a dash light gets your attention and all of a sudden your day is taking a turn for the worst. The car begins to smoke and the driver pulls to the side of the road, sickeningly sweet smelling smoke rolling from the engine compartment. The temperature gauge of the vehicle is maxed out and hovering in the red, an ominous warning to the driver to shut down the engine immediately. But we l…Read More

  4. Winter Safety Items

    Have you ever clicked on the wipers to clear away snow and are instead greeted by smearing and screeching, rather than cleaning and clearing?  You may frequent LOF-Xpress™ to keep  up on your oil changes but those wiper blades can often be forgotten. Did you know that we offer many more comprehensive services, in addition to just our three to five minute oil change? We do! We offer everything …Read More

  5. What is the Proper Way To Warm Up Your Car in the Winter?

    On cold winter days in Iowa, you’d never walk into the gym and hit the weights or cardio machines without a quick warm up to get your blood flowing, right? We encourage you to treat your vehicles with the same care and respect as you treat your body. Whether you’re running late or just don’t want to take the time to let your car warm up, an immediate start and go could cause engine damage a…Read More

  6. How Much Air Should Be In My Tires?

    We are a mobile society. In almost every aspect of our lives we are either on the move or refuse to be tethered to any sort of cord. We have phones that can function in most areas of the planet, except of course the twelve by twelve grassy area next to the cell phone store. We have wireless internet that broadcasts streaming TV shows straight through our wireless speakers. Our refrigerators can co…Read More

  7. The Harvest Parade

    We could drop a blog post with a bunch of colorful language, gushing about the changing of the seasons, the leaves falling and harvest being right around the corner. The picture to the right would include the undeniable symbol of the season, the ubiquitous pumpkin, maybe surrounded by some dried corn stalks. It would give the readers a warm feeling that brings back memories of frolicking in the fa…Read More

  8. Thanksgiving Travel Tips

    Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, family, food and, for many of us, lots and lots of driving. So, as you prepare for the long (or short!) drives ahead of you this Thanksgiving, here are a few simple tips to help keep your travels safe: Make sure your vehicle is in good working order. As always, we have you covered! Stop in for the LOF-Xpress™ PLUS Full Service Oil Change and we’ll perfor…Read More

  9. Diesels For the Real World

    Do you have a diesel? If you do, you probably know what the big deal is, the seemingly unlimited mounds of power and torque, coupled with excellent fuel mileage and durability. A diesel engine, whether in a car or a truck, is an excellent choice for an everyday vehicle. At LOF Xpress, we love our diesel customers and are proud to be the diesel engine oil change specialists in Ames. We know our cli…Read More

  10. The Rocket’s Red Glare, Understanding Vehicle Warning Lights

    The rocket's red glare is a line from the National Anthem and was written by Francis Scott Key during the war of 1812. He was on a ship in Baltimore Harbor watching the Battle of Baltimore and was moved to pen the poem when the stars and stripes was still flying at its conclusion. The text describes bombs exploding, and the allusion that the destruction of Baltimore was imminent, if not for the fl…Read More