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Apr 17, 2015

4 Myths About Car Maintenance

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Getting your driver’s license is a big deal for everyone – it’s a sort of right of passage that gives you independence and lets you know you’re in a league with the big kids.

Car Maintenance Myths

Once you get your license, you’re also likely to get a lot of unsolicited advice about the car you’re driving. Everyone has a parent, an uncle, or an older sibling who seems to know what’s best when it comes to car maintenance. The truth is, times have changed and what used to be a great trick is now no longer applicable.

Here are some of the biggest myths about car maintenance around!

Oil Change

The old saying that you have to change your oil every 3,000 miles (about 5,000 km) is now a bit outdated. So many improvements to oil quality (not to mention synthetic developments) have made a wait in oil change perfectly OK.

The best way to figure out how often you should change your oil is to consult your car’s manual or to ask your mechanic next time you’re in for a tune up.

Sandbags

Everyone has an older relative who swears by sandbags in the trunk for added tire grip in the winter.

While this used to be common place, most cars now have changed their alignment and sensitivity to added weight so that some extra pounds in the back make absolutely no difference in how they handle snowy roads. Instead of helping your car, you’ll actually be adding unnecessary weight which will lead to a higher gas usage while you drive.

Premium Gas

Opting for the premium gas option hasn’t been a good idea for the last 20 years. It just means your bill will be higher. Any modern technology (unless, of course, you’re driving a vintage vehicle) will likely not need premium gas as an added precaution. So save yourself a few extra bucks and go for the regular stuff.

Warm Up

Remember when your mom used to warm up the car a few minutes early before driving you to school in the dead of winter? Totally unnecessary. There is no risk to the car if you start driving it right after you turn it on, unless you plan on drag racing it down the boulevard.

The only benefit from giving your car a few minutes to warm up is for you, to make your space a bit cozier. No one wants to sit in a freezing cold vehicle!


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