There’s always going to be that one relative or random online article that claims they know the best practices when it comes to keeping vehicles in great shape. It can be hard to distinguish what is best, especially for your car’s specific make and model. Every car is different, right? Your habits may also look different depending on what you look for in a vehicle: efficiency or performance or a balance of both.
We’re here to help you set the record straight – we’ll be going over the top 5 common misconceptions about auto maintenance.
- Change Your Oil Every 3000 Miles - 3,000 miles seems a long-time magic number in the automotive industry. While some auto shops still push this idea on customers, it is simply no longer a standard. Many newer vehicles with better engines can last up to 5,000 - 10,000 miles between oil change services, as they tend to use semi- or fully synthetic oils. The best way to ensure peak performance and save money on your car over time is by following your automaker’s recommendations listed in the owner’s manual.
- Roll Down the Windows Instead of Using A/C to Save Money - This is a common myth that people swear by. In all actuality, rolling down the windows and cutting off the A/C (and vice versa) will make very little difference in your fill-up patterns.
- Warm Up Your Car Before Driving in the Cold - While it is best for engine parts to warm up to operate optimally, the modern engine today warms up quickly when you start driving. It is highly discouraged to idle in your car as that can hurt your fuel consumption.
- Premium Gasoline Boosts Performance - People tend to believe things that are priced higher are better in quality. However, gas is one of the many things that don’t apply. Premium fuel simply has a higher octane level, which relates to how combustible the fuel is. You should just use what the manufacturer recommends for your engine.
- Service at Independent Auto Repair Shops Will Void the Vehicle Warranty - This is the furthest from the truth. It is a law for consumers to service their vehicles wherever they want. You can have your maintenance performed at any shop while still keeping your warranty valid.
Did any of these myths shock you at all? If you have any questions or concerns regarding your vehicle maintenance, look no further than our auto repair shop.