Everyone has heard a piece of advice about cars that’s been passed down for generations. There are people out there who will insist these old ways are still the best ways. But times have changed. Advancements in technology and mechanical equipment mean that cars just aren’t built the way they used to be and our attitudes and vehicle maintenance must catch up.
Here are four popular myths about cars that it’s time to ditch!
- Your car has to warm up your car on a cold day. This might be the biggest myth out there. While your car doesn’t get as good fuel economy in the cold, and it does take more time to warm up the engine in the winter, there’s no need to let the car idle for several minutes before driving. This myth dates back to when cars had carburetors in the engine. Carburetors did need to warm up to function well. Cars don’t have carburetors anymore and they haven’t for over 20 years.
- You must change your oil at exactly 3,000 miles. Oils have developed significantly over the last 40 years. Synthetic oils can now last up to 15,000 miles. Regular oil changes at 3,000 miles won’t damager your car, but it might not necessarily help it, either. Read your owner’s manual to get the best indication of how frequently to change the oil. It’s probably at least double that old 3,000-mile rule!
- You need to schedule regular tune ups. This is another holdover from the old days. Cars are built with computers and sensors that will, for the most part, let you know when something’s not working properly. You can still have a mechanic give the car a once over around every 50,000 miles for things like spark plugs and belts, but anything more than that, you’re just wasting your money
- You should buy high octane gas. It’s a common misbelief that premium gasoline will make your car perform better and give you better mileage. The truth is that very few cars need premium gas. In fact, for most cars, higher octane gas will have no impact at. Unless you’re driving a car with a high-compression engine (think sports cars), save your pennies and get regular gas.
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