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Top 12 Car Maintenance Myths You Should Know

There is no second opinion that you want your car to go long distance without any intrusion – so you need to take care of it. Car maintenance is essential for your car to run longer and also it shouldn’t be expensive. But with all good intention you may even still end up spending extra money which wasn’t necessary. Here are some of the most popular car maintenance myths that you should know!

Top 12 Car Maintenance Myths

Let’s take a look at 12 common car maintenance myths and the truths behind them:

Myth 1: Change Oil Every 6 Months or 3,000 Miles

Most of people often think it is necessary to change oil every 6 months or 3,000 miles. But actually you don’t have to do this nowadays as modern oils and modern engines give us a much longer interval, and it can last up to 15,000 miles or 2 years if you use a good synthetic oil. Besides, we always want to warn you that oil life can change drastically, and waiting too long can cause serious damages to your engine. So that is reason why the myth of changing oil is repeated so much.

Myth 2: Air Conditioning Will Reduce The Fuel Economy

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Car maintenance myths: Air Conditioning Will Reduce The Fuel Economy

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Car owners have been debating around this topic. The myth is excessive air cooling degrade car’s fuel economy – but that’s simply not the case. The aerodynamic drag when the windows are open – is a factor affect fuel economy. Don’t worry about the budget as having air conditioner on will increase alertness and journey will be safer.

Myth 3: Change The Fuel Filter Regularly

In the past, we often think changing the fuel filter regularly is good for our cars. Today this is not necessary anymore as modern gas is extremely well-filtered from the pump and even a fuel filter is not needed on your car at all. The fuel filter will be very clean unless the car is abused particularly and fuel degrades in the tank or your gas tank rusts.

Myth 4: Premium Grade Is Better For Your Car

Another costly mistake. Most cars run fine on regular fuel (87 Octane). Many car owners presume that premium fuel increases performance and well-being of the car but that’s not true. Filling with premium won’t result any damage but they would neither increase performance and you will end up wasting money.

Premium Grade Gas
Filling with premium won’t increase your car performance as you expect

Myth 5: Refills In The Morning Result More Fuel For Money

Many believe that cooler air in morning leads to more fuel efficiency compared to hotter weather in the afternoon. Generally gasoline coming through nozzles do not show notable change in temperature so your early morning rush to the gas station is futile.

Myth 6:  Release The Parking Brake To Keep The Car Set For A Long Time

Well, with nowadays technology you don’t have to release the parking brake when you want to let your car set for a long time. Modern parking brake systems are better than those in the past, which means they no longer stick badly anymore and are safe to leave engaged for long time periods.

Myth 7: Doing Something Yourself Will Not “Void Your Warranty”

Here is the big thing we want to let you know. Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act says that it is strictly illegal for a company to void your warranty for using labor to fix your car or using non-OEM parts, unless this company can demonstrate that doing so is negligent.

Myth 8: Change The Transmission Fluid Won’t Damage The Transmission

You should know that changing your transmission fluid will not invade your transmission. If you haven’t changed the fluid of your transmission for a long period of time, then you may get buildup which comes loose as the fluid drains and as a result, your transmission can not work well.

Myth 9: Change The Fuel Filter Regularly

In the past, we often think changing the fuel filter regularly is good for our cars. Today this is not necessary anymore as modern gas is extremely well-filtered from the pump and even a fuel filter is not needed on your car at all. The fuel filter will be very clean unless the car is abused particularly and fuel degrades in the tank or your gas tank rusts.

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Myth 10: Blinker Fluid?

You don’t need to refill or change blinker fluid as it doesn’t exist. Somebody is making fun of you.

Myth 11: Pod filters

Actually Pod filters don’t make maintenance easier and they aren’t an improvement. They have a cool look but most of them are worse than a stock air filter and actually they don’t do anything.

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Myth 12: Visit Dealer To Keep Your Warranty Valid

As long as maintenance job is done, you can go to any shop. Just keep the receipts and records should any question comes on the claim submission.

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Hopefully you will get useful information from our car maintenance myths and tips. If you have any question related to this topic, feel free to leave it in comment section.

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