Top 10 Car Maintenance Myths Busted

Top 10 Car Maintenance Myths BustedSome car owners believe in several myths. However, there is no legitimate reason for doing so. Take a look at these often-heard myths and the real facts.

#1 The Car’s Oil Needs to be Changed After Every 3,000 Miles

One of the biggest myths about a car’s oil drain interval is that it must be changed after every 3,000 miles. The reality is that most cars need an oil change after crossing 5,000–7,000 miles.

#2 Change the Transmission Fluid Every 50,000 Miles

The truth is that one does not need to change transmission fluid for up to 100,000 miles. However, the number varies from one car to another. You need to check your manufacturer’s recommendations to know when you should change the transmission fluid.

#3 Use Premium Fuel to Enhance Your Car’s Lifespan

Unless your car has been specifically designed for premium fuel, you don’t need it. Regular gasoline goes through stringent quality checks. This assures that your car’s engine is not at risk. However, if you own a high-end sports car, you may need premium fuel. Check the owner’s manual to see the type of gas recommended.

#4 Your Car’s Engine Needs Warming up During Winter

Modern engines are not like the old ones — they don’t need warming up. So, you don’t need to warm up the engine before a drive in the winter.

#5 Getting a Car Serviced at an Auto Shop Voids Your Warranty

It does not matter where you are getting your car serviced. The warranty remains applicable till its expiration date.

#6 You Must Replace All Four Tires at the Same Time

If you rotate your tires every time you change the oil, you shouldn’t worry about rotating them more frequently. Also, remember that because you are replacing one tire, it does not mean you have to replace all simultaneously.

#7 Batteries Get Fully Charged Immediately After Being Jumpstarted

If a battery needs to be jumpstarted, it will take hours to be fully charged, especially in a cold area. Once a car starts moving, the radio, seats, and lights start consuming a lot of energy. This is why the battery does not get sufficient energy to be charged.

# 8 Don’t Switch On the AC for Improved Fuel Efficiency

Using the air conditioner in your car will lead to more fuel usage. Driving at a high speed with windows down can also lower fuel efficiency. This is because the wind entering the car forces the car to function harder. So, keeping the air conditioner on and your windows down is almost the same.

# 9 Cars Fill in More Fuel during Daytime

A misconception exists that filling fuel in the morning means you get more fuel. Gasoline expands with heat. This makes a lot of people mistakenly think that when the temperature is high during the day, their car will get less gasoline. The reality is that gas is stored underground. So, the time of the day and temperature does not affect the amount of oil the car receives.

#10 Wash Cars with Dish Soap for Enhanced Results

Some people will also tell you that you must wash your car with dish soap to get a better shine at a lower cost. However, detergents and dish soap can damage a car’s finish. You must pick a proper car-wash liquid or hire a professional to wash your cars.

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