Six Reasons Why You Might be Taking Care of your Car all Wrong

When the health of an automobile is so important, it’s surprising how many people take things at face value; “oh, it’s premium gas? Fill it up!” Or the ad on the radio that tells you to “get your oil changed every 3,000 miles.” You better do it, or else. The guy on the radio ad said so.

At least that’s what they want you to believe. What you’re about to find out will shock and amaze you. Well, okay – maybe not amaze; but you will be more informed.

6 Car Maintenance Myths

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Unfortunately, a lot of maintenance tips that we get from the ‘experts’ are often tactics to create repeat business; costing you loads in unneeded maintenance bills.

The numbers on the sidewalls of tires tell you how much it should be inflated.
Myth:
Fact:
The numbers on the sidewalls of tires tell you how much it should be inflated.
Those numbers on the sidewalls are the max amount of air that should be in the tire. Check your owner’s manual or the label on the driver’s door jamb to see the recommended tire pressure required. It’s important to have tires properly filled for the best traction, fuel economy and control on the road.

Premium gas will help my engine run even better.
Myth:
Fact:
Premium gas will help my engine run even better.
Engines with high compression ratios typically require premium fuel. In these vehicles premium gas helps prevent engine knock. Unless your owners manual tells you to use premium, you’re wasting your money on the higher grade of gasoline.

You need to change your oil every 3,000 miles.
Myth:
Fact:
You need to change your oil every 3,000 miles.
In reality, cars are made to last much longer these days. Check your owners manual to find out the recommended interval to get your oil changed along with your vehicle’s other maintenance needs.

You need to warm up your car before driving.
Myth:
Fact:
You need to warm up your car before driving.
Today’s modern engines warm up more efficiently and faster by being in motion. Cold starts don’t cause the damage they did a few decades ago.

Fuel Additives will keep my engine running cleanly and smoothly.
Myth:
Fact:
Fuel Additives will keep my engine running cleanly and smoothly.
You’re wasting a ton of money. if your vehicle is running properly, you don’t need to add anything when fueling your vehicle.

You get more gas for your money if you pump when it's cool outside.
Myth:
Fact:
You get more gas for your money if you pump when it’s cool outside.
Gasoline is stored underground where it stays nice and cool and can’t cause a problem. This means that even in the middle of the day, you’re pumping gas that is likely the same temperature that it was in the morning.

Learning More Credit Financing Facts

When you generalize, fact will always be fiction. Your best bet is to go to the source. The team here at Auto Credit Express believes in giving you all the information you need to make the right choices and decisions. So when you decide that it’s time for a new car, come to us; we will find the dealer that works best for you, even if you have bad credit. Squash the myth with the power of knowledge!

Posted on September 25, 2014 by in General
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