It is not only important for you to have your car serviced on a regular basis, but you should also know how to keep up with car maintenance in-between these service appointments. They are several myths and misconceptions around that it is important to know what the facts are. Here some common myths and misconceptions about car repair.
Myth: You have to change the oil engine every 3,000 miles
Fact: This myth may have been true many years ago, but things have changed due to current oil change improvements. Regular engine oil will last at least 10,000 miles, depending on your driving habits. You may need the oil changed more frequent if you drive in dusty conditions, fewer than 10,000 miles a year or less than 15 minutes each day.
Myth: Let your car warm up for a few minutes before driving it
Fact: There are many people out there that think they need to let their car run for 15-20 minutes, especially in winter-time because their car’s oil and gas will flow better. However, modern cars are built with fuel injectors that distribute the correct amount of gas based on the current temperature. So, starting your car before you leave the driveway will basically do nothing except warm up the interior of the car.
Myth: You should add fuel additives to your engine
Fact: Many folks think that fuel additives will prevent deposits from clogging your car’s fuel system. The fact is that by law, all gasoline manufacturers need to add specific detergents to their gasoline that prevents clogging.
Myth: You should idle your car to keep the battery maintained
Fact: This is one myth that is totally far off from reality. When you idle your car, it is a less efficient use of gas and energy than if you turned the car off and then on again. If you are just out doing errands, turn your car off and start it again rather than letting it run idle.
Myth: If the car’s brake fluid is low, you can fix it by topping it off
Fact: Contrary to common belief, brake fluid is not used as you drive the car. If your brake fluid low means one of two things. It means your brake pads are probably low or there is a leak in the brake system.
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