A Reality Check on Car Maintenance Myths

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in ,

A Reality Check on Car Maintenance Myths


There are many misconceptions when it comes to car maintenance, I’m shocked myself about some of these. These myths can actually cause more damage to your car or add a dent in your wallet rather than helping. Below are some common car care myths that you might want to ignore.

1) Myth: In the winter, let your engine warm up for several minutes before driving. 

Reality: I don’t know about you, but this is the most shocking one to me but this certainly will save me some time in the morning. This advice might apply to older cars however; modern engines warm up more quickly when they are driven. The sooner the engine warms up, the sooner your car will reach maximum efficiency.

 2) Myth: Your engine oil should be changed every 3,000 miles.

Reality: It is usually not necessary. Most cars are designed to go 7,500 miles or more between oil changes. Although changing your oil more often won’t hurt your engine, it will cost you extra money.

3)  Myth: After a jump-start, your car will soon recharge the battery.

Reality: This I know from experience. If your car won’t start because your battery is dead and you jump start it, it doesn’t mean that you are in the clear right away. It could take hours of driving to restore a battery’s full charge. Drive your car as much as possible the day that you jump start it. If you drive a short distance and leave your car sitting for hours your battery might die again.

4) Myth: If the brake fluid is low, topping it off will fix the problem.

Reality: As brake pads wear down, the level in the brake-fluid reservoir will drop. If the fluid drops below the low mark, then the brakes are worn out or fluid is leaking. If this is the case, you should get your brake system serviced immediately.

I hope these reality checks helped, it might change everything you thought you knew but I would change it because in the long run it will help. For more car maintenance myths head to: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=1101499

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