Top 6 Car Maintenance Myths Debunked
Properly maintaining your vehicle is crucial to ensuring that it can perform reliably and last you for years to come. To ensure that you are doing the right thing for your vehicle and getting the most from your investment, we have made a list of some of the top car maintenance myths, so you’re never fooled again.
- Always splurge for premium gasoline: If your car doesn’t require premium gasoline, then you are just wasting your money on it. On the other hand, using subpar gasoline when your car requires premium gasoline can be harmful for your car, so ask your car dealership, or check your owner’s manual to determine what is right for your car. “Off-brand” gas will also meet your needs and won’t harm your engine in any way, so there’s no reason to avoid less expensive options.
- Always replace all the tires: Many auto repair shops will recommend replacing all the tires at once. However, if your tires are in good shape and have adequate tread depth left, then you really only need to replace one tire. Just make sure to purchase the same brand and model as the rest of the tires.
- Change the oil every 3,000 miles: For some vehicles, this is still true. However, most vehicles today can go anywhere from 5,000 – 10,000 miles before needing an oil change. Speak with your dealership or check your car owner’s manual to determine how often you really need to replace the oil.
- Change the coolant with each oil change: Most cars need an oil change about every 3,000 – 10,000 miles, and many repair shops will recommend a coolant change at the same time. However, you really only need to change the coolant about every 60,000 miles. However, it’s always a good idea to check your fluids to make sure they never run low.
- Always top off brake fluid to fix any brake problems: If the brake fluid level drops too quickly, it may be signs of a bigger problem. Adding more brake fluid isn’t going to help the underlying problem. It’s important to visit a mechanic right away for an accurate diagnosis and repair.
- Always visit a dealership for regular maintenance: If your vehicle is under warranty and you’re concerned that having maintenance done at another shop will void the car’s factory warranty, then you just need to ask. If your local auto repair shop offers factory warranty approved services, they will let you know. This can save you money and still provide the top-quality services you need. Make sure to keep accurate records and receipts, in case there is ever a warranty dispute.
Maintaining your vehicle can help it perform better, for longer. However, it’s not a miracle worker. When your vehicle is beyond the point of repair or maintenance, you may be endangering yourself and others on the road by continuing to drive your truck car. Instead, contact Messy Motors. We will tow the vehicle away as soon as the same day and hand you cash on the spot for it.