7 Widely Believed Myths About Car Maintenance

August 27, 2015
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7 car maintenance myths

Let’s find out the 7 most common and widespread myths about car maintenance. Look out for them after reading this:

Misconception-1: Engine Oil Needs To Be Replaced Every 3000 Miles

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Instead of following this advice about engine oil replacement, you are better off checking the owner’s manual of your vehicle or taking your vehicle to a reliable car repair shop for inspection by an expert mechanic. Usually, cars can drive 7500 miles or more between oil replacements.

Furthermore, replacing engine oil more frequently than required would not do any extra good to your engine’s performance, but it will certainly lose you money. For cars that are driven with many “stop/start” journeys, towing trailers or on hilly roads and dusty landscapes, then oil replacement at 3000 miles may be a good idea for you.

Misconception 2: Empty Coolant Every Time You Change Engine Oil

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Most car owner manuals recommend coolant change every 60,000 miles or every 5 years. However, if you find low coolant level sooner or it is frequently low, there is a possibility of leakage in the coolant reservoir. In such cases, it is sensible to get it checked at a reputable car service station.

Misconception 3: Pump Up Your Car Tyres To The Pressure Written On Tyre Sidewalls

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The pressure, shown in ‘PSI’ unit, imprinted on the sidewalls of car tyres is in fact, the maximum pressure that your tyres can withstand safely. For the most comfortable and controlled ride on the road, you should check for the recommended tyre pressure on the sticker on the driver’s seat side doorjamb, in the fuel cap, or in the glove box.

Misconception 4: Always Buy Premium Grade Fuel For Excellent Car Performance

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Many car owners are victims of this much believed myth. Allegedly, if regular quality fuel is good for the car’s engine, then a premium quality has to be better for performance. This is not the case and is just an unnecessary expense. Most modern cars run smoothly with regular quality (87 octanes) fuel. Replacing it with premium grade fuel would certainly not do any harm but it won’t contribute to an improvement in performance. Premium fuels with higher octane are preferred for high compression and hotter running engines in order to avoid pre-ignition engine problems.

Misconception 5: Turn On The Car Engine a Few Minutes Before You Intend To Drive

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As you drive your car, the engine automatically heats up and once the engine is warmed enough, it will ensure anticipated performance and great mileage. Modern cars do not require car owners to keep an engine running for some time before they actually set off on their journey.

Misconception 6: Cleaning a Car With Detergent is a Good Idea!

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It is certainly not! It is advisable NOT to wash your car body using detergent or dishwashing liquid. Use of such cleaners will remove the wax finish on your vehicle’s exterior bodywork. It is recommended to use only good quality car wash liquids.

Misconception 7: Car Battery Automatically Recharges With a Jump Start Once You Begin Driving

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This is not correct. The car may need to be driven for several hours for a 100% battery recharge, particularly in colder weather. The interior heater, the music system and other car accessories consume a large amount of power. Therefore, the alternator usually has less power to recharge the battery. You can take your car to a garage and check if the battery is charged enough. You can also get your battery charged fully at a car service station.

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