Car maintenance myths

Car Maintenance Myths

Now that we have looked at the different methods of car maintenance, over the last couple of weeks, it’s time for us to tackle another issue. Today, we are going to debunk a couple of popular car maintenance myths that for years have haunted unsuspecting car owners.

Myths can be fun, however not when it comes to the maintenance of your car. We all love a good urban legend but in the back of our minds we know they aren’t real. Myths, on the other hand, can be extremely dangerous. Doing something to your car that might damage it, could have fatal consequences. Don’t worry though, as we are here to help you better understand car maintenance.

There is a common misconception that warming up your vehicle for several minutes before driving will warm up the engine. Although back in the day this might’ve been true, modern engines work differently. There’s no need to warm up your engine as it will warm up as you are driving. You really don’t want to be burning up precious fuel when you could be using it whilst driving to your destination.

Possibly the most common car maintenance myth, one that you have probably heard, is that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles. This simply isn’t true. You should always check your owner’s manual to find out what the manufacturer recommends. Most modern vehicles are capable of travelling around 7,500 miles without an oil change. In certain cases an oil change every 3,000 miles could be necessary but it entirely depends on what vehicle you drive and what your manufacturer recommends.

Another myth that many people seem to follow without even realising is that washing your vehicle with dishwashing liquid is a good idea. This isn’t a great idea as you could potentially damage your car’s body, which is going to cost you a lot of money to fix. It’s better to invest some money in a proper car-washing liquid as it’s going to save you money in the long run.

A lot of people seem to be under the impression that every time you change your oil you should also change the air filter. That’s completely false. Although it’s recommended you replace the filter at some point, changing it every time you change the oil is pointless. Once again, check your owner’s manual and follow the instructions from the manufacturer.

To get the most from your car, we recommend getting familiar with your owner’s manual as soon as you get your vehicle. Spend some time getting to know it and it will really pay off in the long run. Don’t just ignore your vehicle and hope for the best. Take action now and your vehicle will be with you for a long time.

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