Debunking Car Maintenance Myths

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Have you ever wondered if there is any way you can save hundreds of dollars on car maintenance? An easy way to stop pouring down hundred dollar bills is to realize if you are over maintaining your vehicle.

We understand that it might be hard to avoid falling into the trap of service centers guaranteeing better performance only if you do this and that. But most of them are widely accepted myths and most people are paying money for maintaining aspects of their vehicles they don’t need in the first place.

Here are a few car maintenance myths you should never fall for:

It Is Imperative To Change The Oil Every 3,000 Miles

Not really. The misconceptions stems from as much as 4 decades ago when the oil industry was still in its early stages and engine operating environments were not as good.

Unfortunately, many service stations still choose to hold onto to this misconception without knowing that there are synthetic oils that may last as much as 15,000 miles. Stop sticking to the 3,000-mile limit; change the oil when it looks and feels like it. Preferably, change it every 7,000 miles or so.

Engines Need To Be Warmed Up Before Driving

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The truth is the car is good to go as soon as you turn the key, provided that you don’t put the pedal to the metal instantly. Even though oil and other engine parts need to be warmed up before operating at maximum capacity, an idle engine will take longer to warm up. Moreover, you may also experience longer periods of cold starts. Instead, turn the key, put the car into gear and let the engine warm up while you drive.

Engine Tune-Ups Are Imperative

The fact that most engine tune-ups are just expensive ways to change the air filters and spark plugs makes them useless.

If you really feel like having your engine tune-ups done regularly, make sure that you consult our experienced mechanics who truly realize the balance between idle adjustments, engine timing and fuel mixture that need to be adjusted for optimal performance.

Fuel Additives Are Good For Engines

Even though gasoline does have some stuff in it that could clog up your fuel lines, it is not a good idea to regularly add additives that prevent buildups. The truth is most gasoline additives like antifreeze are useless.

Use these tips to save big on auto maintenance! Looking for affordable automotive repair and service in Houston? Get in touch with us to set up an appointment today.