Car Maintenance Myths – Busted
Modern cars are complex amalgamations of computers and mechanics, and maintaining them is, in itself, a reasonably complex process. However, there are a number of myths and inaccuracies associated with car maintenance that are either holdovers from an older generation of vehicles or just plain incorrect.
In this article, we’ll be busting some of those car maintenance myths.
You Should Change Your Oil Every 3000 Miles
The vast majority of modern cars can travel for 7500 miles or more, in optimal driving conditions, without needing an oil change. When it comes to how frequently you should be changing your oil, its best to pay attention to the manual for you car and not your local garage. After all, they have a vested interest in getting you to change your oil as often as possible because they’ll most like be the ones you’re paying to do it.
The Number on the Side of Your Tires Is the Correct Pressure
Actually, that number is the maximum tire pressure those tires are rated for. If you’re looking for the correct tire pressure for you particular car, you can often find it listed in the manual or on a sticker in the glove box or under the fuel cap.
Flush Your Coolant Regularly
While it is a good idea to keep an eye on your coolant levels to make sure nothing is leaking, you should only need to flush your coolant every 60,000 miles or so. This is probably another maintenance myth cooked up by lube shops to drum up business, so don’t waste your money.
Use Dishwashing Detergent to Wash Your Car
Absolutely don’t do this! There is a reason that there are specific car washing products. Most car shampoos contain a wax that both gives your car that lovely shine and protects the paint underneath. Using household products or dishwashing detergent will strip that layer of wax off and put your paint at risk.
Warm-Up Your Car Before Setting Off
Unless you live somewhere where the mercury regularly drops into the minus numbers, you don’t need to warm up your car. This advice is probably a holdover from previous generations of less efficient engines. The vast majority of modern vehicles don’t need to be shaken out before taking them on the road. You’re just wasting time and gas.
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